Hello again TotalSUP readers! It’s SUPerman back with a new paddle tip. This is another simple tip that will help you maximize your body to paddle better. Many of these paddle tips are going to be on better muscle engagement and postural cues to help athletes. Let’s talk about hip engagement and how crucial it is to SUP success.
Now, I’ve talked to a lot of older SUP enthusiasts who are always very hesitant on trying to bend really far. And I agree with them, you don’t really need to bend down. If you can bend and touch your knees without issue, you can unlock a powerful paddle stroke.
Let’s talk about why you have to bend at all. Your hips connect the largest muscles in the body together. And moving your hips is the easiest way to generate the most amount of energy. Think about how many squats you can manage versus how many handstand pushups and you’ll see what I mean in strength differences. Utilizing this power is what makes SUP racers go so fast.
A common error I see is people not using their hips enough. They need to go through flexion and extension, which is backward and forward hip movement. Many people will get into a low position and never move their hips out of flexion. They stay low and just pump with their arms. In a long distance scenario, this is not ideal.
Another common error is staying too high during the stroke, or in other words, too extended at the top. You gotta throw those hips back to use those muscles. Like I said if you can bend enough to touch your knees, that’s all you need here. Hips go back, then they come forward. Find a rhythmic motion that’s comfortable for you but still engaging that lower body and you’re on the way to success.
Thanks for reading! Through TotalSUP I am offering online coaching that includes a video analysis of your stroke and a workout plan for $25. If you are interested, please contact me at Robertnorman142@yahoo.com.
Hello again TotalSUP readers! It’s SUPerman back with a new paddle tip. This is another simple tip that will help you maximize your body to paddle better. Many of these paddle tips are going to be on better muscle engagement and postural cues to help athletes. Today, let’s take a step back from our stroke and just look at where we are holding the […]
Hello again TotalSUP readers! It’s SUPerman back again with a new paddle tip. This one is another simple tip that will help you maximize your body to paddle better. Many of these paddle tips are going to be on better muscle engagement and postural cues to help athletes. Today, let’s look at the reaching phase of the stroke. Reaching is […]
Hello again TotalSUP readers, it’s SUPerman back with another paddle tip! This one isn’t exactly a “right or wrong” type of paddle tip… more of something to think about and experiment with. Today we are talking about stroke speed (the time and length your paddle is in the water), and understanding your boards glide. The […]
Hello again TotalSUP readers! It’s SUPerman back again with an other paddle tip. This one is a simple tip that will help you maximize your body to better paddle. Many of these paddle tips are going to be on better muscle engagement and postural cues to help athletes. Today we are talking about upper back […]
Hey TotalSUP readers! It’s Robert Norman AKA SUPerman here with another paddle tip! Water starts are a prominent feature in SUP races. Two easy tips to get ahead of the crowd in your next race or your next friendly sprint with a friend. In the first clip, I take three full strokes then switch sides. […]
Hey TotalSUP readers it’s Robert Norman AKA SUPerman back with another paddle tip. This one is a really easy one to implement into your stroke. Simply looking at your paddle blade will let you know you if you are doing this. I’m talking about having a clean catch. The catch is the initial entry of […]
Hey TotalSUP readers! It’s Robert Norman AKA SUPerman here with a fun paddle tip. Today’s subject matter is beach starts. This is applicable for a race situation…or just trying to look smooth when you go on your next paddle adventure. The first clip is primarily how many people look, very timid, cautious and unprepared. A slow […]
Robert Norman, the new (and first) Men’s 24 hour SUP Guinness World record holder received a little surprise from QuickBlade’s very own founder Jim Terrell yesterday: a superb commemorative paddle, with the SUPerman sign (SUPerman being Robert’s nickname). Also on it, the inscription “Robert Norman, World Record, 24 hours, 111,8 miles”. Here is what Robert said on his […]
By Robert Norman, new Men’s 24 hour Guinness World Record holder: 180 kilometers! All of the success I have achieved through completing this challenge, has been made entirely possible by my family and friends. Without their support in every possible way throughout the process of visualizing, planning, preparing and executing this event I would have […]
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