"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

Power up your pedal sports with three great exercises.

Last 12 months for my birthday, I got paddle board lessons. I used to be at all times interested by the favored water sport and watched in fascination as people stood on almost invisible boards, as if walking on water.

Paddleboarding was every part I expected after which some. Still, I quickly realized it was the one Serious exerciseLike all paddle sports, equivalent to kayaking and canoeing. It seems to drift easily and casually dips its paddle into the water. But quite a bit goes below the surface, so to talk. As warmer weather beckons and paddle season arrives, it pays to get key muscles in shape before getting out on the water.

Muscle Tuning: Focus on core, back, arms and shoulders.

While paddling could be a full-body effort (even your legs contribute), three areas do probably the most work and thus require probably the most conditioning: the core, back, and arms. The shoulders

  • compulsory. There are several muscles in your core, but an important muscles for pedaling include the rectus abdominis (aka the famous “six pack”) and the obliques on the front and side of your abdomen. The core serves because the focus on which each and every movement revolves—from bending to twisting to stabilizing your trunk to generating power.
  • Back: Pedaling engages a lot of the back muscles, but people who bear the best load are the latissimus dorsi muscles, also referred to as the lats, and the erector spinae. The lats are large V-shaped muscles that connect your arms to your vertebral column. They help protect and stabilize your spine while providing shoulder and back strength. The erector spinae, a bunch of muscles that run the length of the spine to the left and right, helps with rotation.
  • Arms and Shoulders: Each pedal stroke engages the muscles in your arms (biceps) and the upper a part of your shoulders (deltoids).

Many exercises specifically goal these muscles, but listed below are three that may work multiple pedaling muscles in a single movement. Add them to your workout to show you how to prepare for paddling season. If you haven't done these exercises before, try the primary two without weights until you possibly can do the movement easily and with good form.

Three great exercises to arrange for paddling.

A chunk of wood

Muscles worked: deltoids, obliques, rectus abdominus, erector spinae
Reps: 8-12 per side
Sets: 1–3
Rest: 30-90 seconds between sets

Starting position: Stand together with your feet about shoulder-width apart and hold a dumbbell with each hands. Roll forward at your hips and bend your knees to sit down back right into a slight squat. Twist your torso to the suitable and extend your arms to grab the dumbbell on the surface of your right knee.

Motion: Straighten your legs to rise up as you twist your torso to the left and extend your arms diagonally across your body and to the left, over your shoulder. In a cutting motion, slowly bring the dumbbell down and across your body to the surface of your right knee. This is a representative. Finish all reps, then repeat on the opposite side. This completes a set.

Tips and Techniques:

  • Keep your spine neutral and your shoulders down and back
  • Only go so far as is comfortable.
  • When you sit, don't put your knees past your toes.

Make it easy: Exercise without dumbbells.

Make it harder: Use a heavy dumbbell.

Leaning Row

Muscles worked: Latissimus dorsi, deltoids, biceps
Reps: 8-12
Sets: 1–3
Rest: 30-90 seconds between sets

Starting position: Stand with a weight in your left hand and a bench or sturdy chair in your right. Place your right hand and knee on the seat of a bench or chair. Let your left arm hang directly under your left shoulder, fully prolonged toward the ground. Your spine needs to be neutral, and your shoulders and hips needs to be square.

Motion: Squeeze your shoulder blades together, then bend your elbows to slowly lift the load toward your ribs. Return to starting position. Finish all reps, then repeat with the other arm. This completes a set.

Tips and Techniques:

  • Keep your shoulders square throughout.
  • Keep your elbow near your side as you lift the load.
  • Keep your head according to your spine.

Make it easy: Use light weight.

Make it harder: Use heavier weights.


Muscles worked: deltoids, latissimus dorsi, erector spinae
Reps: 8-12
Sets: 1–3
Rest: 30-90 seconds between sets

Starting position: Lie face down on the ground together with your arms outstretched, palms down and legs prolonged.

Motion: At the identical time, raise your arms, head, chest and legs as high as is comfortable off the ground. Hold and return to starting position.

Tips and Techniques:

  • Tighten your hips before lifting.
  • Don't look up.
  • Keep your shoulders away out of your ears.

Make it easy: Raise your right arm and left leg while keeping the other arm and leg on the ground. Switch sides with each rep.

Make it harder: Hold the “up” position for 3 to 5 seconds before lowering.