Community MWod Video: Stand-Up Paddling

    09/30/2013 | 32 Comments

      Legion,

      Today’s community episode is a quick glimpse of how we apply the principles of our system to even esoteric-fringe sports like stand-up paddling. The movement/physiologic principles of the body are applicable to any position or sport. Why do we hammer foot position and not collapsing your ankles on silly exercises like box jumps and double-unders? Because moving well is moving well. What’s the point of learning how to screw your feet into the ground when you squat if you don’t also do it in actual sports? That flexed upper back that is wrecking your over-head shoulder positioning? Well, it’s ruining your paddling too. That’s one of the reasons we do all of this complicated exercising. It’s up to us to connect the dots. Oh, remember when Greg Glassman said we should go out and learn new sports all the time? Well, one of the reasons is because that a new sport gives you a chance to apply the principles of human movement to a new platform. Around our gym, one of the ways we define the “best athlete” is the kid that can pick up the new skill the fastest. Take what you know, map it onto a new sport, and don’t forget what you already know and are good at.

      Kstar

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32 thoughts on “Community MWod Video: Stand-Up Paddling

  1. Michael Hurley

    Feet, Knees and shoulders are fine. It’s my Low T spine (8-9-10) herniation that lights up after a sesh. Would the split stance help relieve some of the rotational torque with each stroke? Thanks Kstar. P.S. FD shirts still in the works, I didnt forget

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    1. Theresa Larson

      MIchael,

      A staggered stance when paddling especially with pelvis more open to the side you are paddling will alleviate some of the excessive spinal torsion you are getting. If you have had recent thoracic herniations or in the last year, then adopt this stance and see how it works out for you, then work to keep your stance staggered and alternate the paddile to the more closed side, which will cause more torsion, but it should be diffuse through the entire spine espcially with the shoulders and hips working for you in good positions. The main concern here is to stay away from a flexed position of spine and your head upright creating a fulcrum at the lower neck and mid thoracic causing your spine to hate you for a while.

      Let us know how you do with this!

      -MWOD Staff

      Reply
  2. Tyler Sullivan

    I’ve adapted to a standing desk, but by the afternoon I find my back starting to tighten up. Would it be better to stand in a split stance while at my desk instead of a neutral stance?

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    1. Sean McBride

      Tyler- Couple general ideas to play with
      1. Set your position once an hour, or, alternatively, use any feeling of discomfort in your back as a cue to reset your position. Go through the steps of getting set up: feet straight, butt squeezed, abs on 20%. Don’t neglect your upper body in this either. Set your shoulder position too and avoid the dreaded rounded T- spine.

      2. Change positions frequently. Any sustained unchanging posture is going to irritate something after enough time. Your idea about split stance is right on the money. Even better would be putting a foot up on a box (could be a few books, could be a couple stacks of extra paper, a support on the desk, anything to split the level of your feet)

      3. Check the height of your desk to make sure it isn’t too high or low. If you are setting up perfectly every time but the level of the desk is making your arch or round your back to actually get work done than your body will find the work around.

      Good luck, post back how it turns out

      Sean McBride, MWOD Staff

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  3. John Zachary

    Sean. Thanks for the great post. Can you give some guidelines for setting the initial height of a first-time standup desk? Thanks. Z.

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    1. Sean McBride

      Setting the initial height is pretty straightforward. set yourself to stand properly, externally rotate your shoulders, then bend your elbows and face your palms down to work at your computer. the desk should be just under that height so you can work in a basically neutral position without having to lean forward or arch back. Enjoy!

      Sean McBride MWOD Stafff

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  5. Bailey

    SOOOO stoked you finally did a standup paddle segment! Thanks from the CPC crew in Wilmington, NC

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  8. Theresa Larson

    MIchael Hurley,

    A staggered stance when paddling especially with pelvis more open to the side you are paddling will alleviate some of the excessive spinal torsion you are getting. If you have had recent thoracic herniations or in the last year, then adopt this stance and see how it works out for you, then work to keep your stance staggered and alternate the paddile to the more closed side, which will cause more torsion, but it should be diffuse through the entire spine espcially with the shoulders and hips working for you in good positions. The main concern here is to stay away from a flexed position of spine and your head upright creating a fulcrum at the lower neck and mid thoracic causing your spine to hate you for a while.

    Let us know how you do with this!

    -MWOD Staff

    Reply
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  15. Jessy

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