A little stretch goes a long way. Image courtesy of Little Bantam Surf Style

A little stretch goes a long way. Image courtesy of Little Bantam Surf Style

The Inertia

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, if you want an energy efficient paddle, start engaging your back muscles rather than relying on your shoulders/arms alone. If you had two large muscular legs, would you choose to hop on one instead of run on both? Exactly!

But that being said it’s difficult to engage those muscle that you cannot access properly. If you suffer from a tight chest like 90% of the population (yes, that’s a guestimation, but I’ll bet I’m close!) then your back muscles are stretched to their limit, and, as a result, they’ve probably become weaker than they should be.

Before you run off and hit the gym to build some bulk on your back think about what you can do to make life easier for yourself…and if you can’t think, I’ll spell it out for you:

1. Stretch your C-H-E-S-T!


Use these three stretches to release the Chest (pectoral muscles + surrounds) daily. To combat the dreaded desk/driving/lazy slump, repeat 3 – 4 times per day for best results.

2. Improve your P-O-S-T-U-R-E!

Change the way you move throughout the day with this simple move to OPEN the Chest and improve your POSTURE. As shown in the video:


1. Look straight forward and relax the shoulders.
2. Rotate the shoulders out so the palms of your hands face forwards.
3. Hold the now activated muscles in your back; relax your hands by your side.
4. It’s not easy to hold, but THIS is the correct placement for your upper body. Try to be aware of this throughout every day!

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