Coach Sey Chelle from Paddle Monster has a wealth of wisdom on exercises to help you become a better paddler. Check out this short video (and those guns!) to gain more extension through your thoracic spine to improve your reach as a racer or recreational paddler.
Sey Chelle: Thread the Needle, warm up
“This is a warm up exercise version of one of my all time favorite Thoracic spine openers, Thread the Needle Pose. This will open up all the intercostal muscles (rib cage) as well as the muscles underneath your shoulder blades. Add it to the beginning of any strength training session especially before back and shoulder exercises. This exercise is great for before and after a paddle session as well.
Over time it can help to improve your reach and rotation. For a cool down stretch and awesome upper body release, hold the twisted position by laying the outside of your head and shoulder gently on the ground for 30-60 seconds on each side.” – Sey Chelle
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