Tips for Upper Body Strength and Flexibility

Let’s face it, the most used parts of our body are our arms, shoulder, chest and all of the upper body parts. Especially if you are up for some sporting activity like surfing. With that matter, isn’t it important to make sure that we keep them in good shape? If you want to have a healthy and injury free life, you’ve got to think about developing the right upper body strength and flexibility.

Young handsome muscular caucasian male exercises outdoors in summer time, living healthy lifestyle and being body conscious. Young man keeps his body fit doing chin ups for pectorals and shoulders exercise on steel bars. Image taken with Nikon D800 and developed from RAW in XXXL size

Young handsome muscular caucasian male exercises outdoors in summer time, living healthy lifestyle and being body conscious. Young man keeps his body fit doing chin ups for pectorals and shoulders exercise on steel bars. Image taken with Nikon D800 and developed from RAW in XXXL size

If you happened to visit to a gym, you would notice that most exercise routines that people are doing are for the purpose of improving their upper body strength. But, in your case, you certainly don’t need to be at the gym three times a week just to achieve the kind of upper body strength that you need. There are some effective tips that you can follow through to achieve that.

Be Ready

Before we go through the process of achieving the right upper body strength and flexibility, you need to mentally and physically ready. There are so many exercises and workout routines that you can do. However all that will not be of use if you’re not ready enough. Remember in order for any workout exercise to be effective, it requires determination.

Since you will need to do a lot of physical actions, your body should be ready to overcome it. Or it may be too late and you’ll end up wearing shoulder braces because you get yourself into an injury. Because of that, it will be important that you make a good assessment before doing extreme routines and sporting activities. Asking a reliable fitness coach might help.

Work it out

exerIn order for you to achieve the kind of upper body strength and flexibility that you need when doing activities like surfing. Let’s check out some of the effective routines and exercises that you can do.

Up Dog Pose. With this routine, you’re targeting your core, your arms, back, shoulder and chest. Similar to a planking position, palms down and pull your chest forward, knees not touching the ground while taking deep breaths.

Upper Back Contraction. This routine will target your back, your arms and legs. It will also help improve your body flexibility. Lie with your back flat on the floor, put your foot together. You’ll have to through your arm up as high as you can. To make it effective, hold on that position for a few seconds. Do it one arm at a time.

Wall Extensions. This routine will target your shoulder and improve its flexibility. Stand flat in a wall, with your back and feet against it. Extend your arms to your side, curling it forming a 90 degrees angle. Then slowly lift your arms above. Repeat the routine as many as you can.

There are still so many exercises that you can do. Just make sure that it’s safe for your body. And remember not to push too much. The Brace Access for instance always give recommendations on how you can stay away from injuries and be able to continue your active lifestyle.

 

 

 

The Difference Between SUP & Surf Boards

SUP V Surf

I’ve been shaping surf boards for a long time, however recently I’ve gotten into shaping stand up paddle boards. I often get asked, as a surf board shaper what’s the difference between SUP Surf boards and regular surf boards?

The most obvious difference between a stand up paddle and surf board is that you use a paddle for SUP surfing. This has huge implications on how the board is built. Of course it also affects how we ride the wave. Just like a short board rides in a different manner than a long board so too does a stand up paddle board.

Who Is The Board For?

Before you even think about starting to build a board you need to ask yourself who am I building this for? Is this for a short female? Is it for a big dude? A pro or is it a complete beginner to the sport? Of course when you’re looking to buy a board there is always the question of price. For me that’s a none issue, I’ve been making boards out of high end material since I started and I don’t plan on ever stopping. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place and a need for cheaper boards but obviously those boards aren’t going to be hand crafted. They’re probably going to be built in some sweat shop in Asia and churned out by the hundreds. John Wesley boards are hand built and each has it’s own unique flavour and flare.

The Volume

By definition, stand up paddle boards are generally going to have a lot more volume than a surf board. Because you paddle to catch a wave you need to have a more solid base. A solid base means more volume. More volume usually means thicker (sometimes), longer (almost always) and wider (also almost always). The upside to having more volume is catching waves can be easier. With surfing your timing needs to be epic, you can’t move very quickly lying on your board compared to the speed you can move with when you’re upright with a big ass paddle.

The Shape

Because the board is so much bigger it changes how the board is shaped. You simply can’t expect to create an 9′ paddle board in the same way that you build a 7′ surf board. It’s unrealistic. Surf boards can be narrower and quicker, where as paddle boards are wider and bulkier (and also more stable). We discussed how it’s easier to catch a wave, it’s also harder to slash. Give and take.