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How to Engage Your Core Muscles While Stand Up Paddling

Engaging your core muscles while stand up paddling allows you to paddle more efficiently for longer periods. Most beginners will use only their arms when they are paddling instead of engaging the whole body and core muscles, which can tire out your arms quickly. In this video, Rob Stehlik of Blue Planet Surf, demonstrates the correct way to engage your core when stand up paddling.

How to Engage Your Core Muscles

Engaging your core means winding up your body like a spring and then unwinding it during your stroke. You will bring your shoulder forward, plant the paddle, and use your core muscles and lats to propel yourself forward. The payoff of using your core is that you can paddle faster and longer without your arms getting as tired.

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