November 13, 2017

The most common paddling injuries we hear about are shoulders and back.  It behoves us to focus on building our core and strengthening particular muscles to protect from overuse.  In addition to the various strength training techniques available, we must also focus on biomechanics and proper paddling technique -- no matter how strong you are, if you are paddling incorrectly, you may be prone to injury.

by Bill Geiger on

Building boulder shoulders is about way more than heaving heavy weight overhead. Train smart, stay healthy, and add size with these 9 underrated training tips!

If you think shoulder day is just like any other in the gym, you couldn't be more wrong. Your shoulder is a very special joint, and it deserves special treatment. Thanks to its placement, ball-and-socket structure, and freedom of movement, the shoulder is involved in just about every upper-body movement. As a result, it's subject to more wear and tear over time than probably any other joint in your body.

When training shoulders, you therefore have to consider exercises and techniques to build muscle and keep the joint healthy for the long haul. I'm all for advice that's geared toward growing your delts, but I'd be remiss if I didn't also help you minimize cumulative damage to the shoulder joint and rotator cuff along the way.

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