Recently I was lucky enough to go to Costa Rica for a week of surfing. Needless to say it was a great time, but as I’ve experienced in the past, my shoulders are now paying the price. For this week’s blog I thought I’d suggest a few exercises for any fellow novice / occasional surfers out there. With some diligence, you’ll either catch waves easier or avoid the type of pain I’m currently experiencing!
Standing Extension – Stand with the elbows close to straight, squeezing the shoulders back and down. From the approximate height shown, extend the arms to a neutral position, primarily activating the latissimus dorsi muscle.
Prone Paddle – While lying with the arm outstretched overhead, pull the resistance down the length of your body, mimicking the surfing paddle. The resistance can be moved up and down to challenge different components of the paddle movement.