As we all know, strong shoulders are key to a successful paddling season! There are a few simple movements you can be doing now to get your shoulders in peak shape for paddling this year.
- The hand stand push up is a great movement that can be done at home or in the gym. There are several variations of this movement ranging from relatively simple to quite difficult. Here is a LINK to a video showing some of those variations.
- Overhead squatting- depending on the weight you're using, you can do this at home with a broom stick or at the gym with a fair bit of weight on a barbell. Here's a LINK to a video showing the exercise. One note of caution- please start really light on this as you don't want to blow out your shoulders in the gym.
- If all else fails, JOIN YOUR LOCAL CROSSFIT AFFILIATE! This is the best way to get in the best shape of your life in a short period of time.
If you're looking for a goal and want to help a good cause, I always recommend signing up for a TEAM FD challenge to challenge yourself and raise money for First Descents. By doing so, you'll pay it forward to a young adult with cancer so they too can paddle!