#SUPtipTuesday Tip #7
Last week I shared a blog from Crossfit Carolina Beach about glute activation and its importance for stand up paddlers, this week's #tuesdaytip is building on that. Next time you're out for a low intensity paddle in calm waters, may I suggest you bring a small exercise band (bonus, you need this band to do a lot of the glute activation exercises that Jordan recommended in last week's blog) put the small exercise band near your knees and make sure you keep tension on the band by pushing out like in the video. Having strong glutes helps with PAIN in the LOWER BACK, and HAMSTRINGS.
When your glutes don't fire / your knees come in while paddling, you're over compensating with other muscles - you're trying to drive power into the paddle but your glutes can't keep up - and this leads to injury down the road. These problems are only exacerbated by the drive to go to narrower and narrower boards. As the surface you're paddling on becomes more unstable glute activation is PARAMOUNT to staying pain free, going as fast as possible, or both.
READ THE ORIGINAL BLOG POST HERE