PJB - whats with the ongoing rock climbing digs dude? There is no way that paddling out is more fun than rock climbing. Its more fun than slogging up a steep snow slope though, with similar risk of much H20 (in various forms) sweeping you away. Although i would much rather take a big swell on the head than a small avalanche. Physics is not your friend in an avy, but i digress...
its all good...
emass - thats cause you are too darn huge from all your benchoffs versus the pier shotters! climbing is not for the bulky. i am already pushing the limits on the size front as it is.
I actually use your paddling exercises from earlier in the thread for climbing training as well. the two activities are very complimentary in terms of physical and mental training (except for the whole swimming thing). combine that with tricep extensions and a bunch of single armed cable exercises to simulate paddling. I try to do alot of the exercises on a bosu ball to always work balance, core and stabilizers.
Take up Golf.
This exercise advice is pretty silly. Do all the situps and sprints you want, it won't help. Do you want to be good at doing situps or do you want to overcome your fear of paddling out? Not sure why someone scared of the ocean would take up surfing but whatever. Fear comes from the unknown, familiarity will beat fear. Its funny that someone mentioned golf. I play golf 1-2x a year, and I'm pretty bad. About 10 years ago I played in a scramble with a bunch of new clients, and let me tell you, the half hr waiting to tee off in front of everyone was absolutely mother****ing mortifying, worse than anything I've experienced in the water.
I can talk all day bout S&C. Which other movement are you talking about aside from the isolation movement facing the pulldown machine? That one needs a name BTW!
Triceps kickbacks with a light to moderate DB will basically mimic the end of and follow through of the S-paddle perfectly, especially if you kick it out away from the body at a 45 degree angle (for the tail of the S-shape). Keep in mind that to get optimal resistance against gravity specific to the intended muscle area to be worked, you should be postured up on a bench with the non-kickback arm (you do one arm at a time obvi) with upper body parallel to bench and floor much like you would for a DB row. The key is also to keep your upper arm equally parallel with the bench, floor and the rest of your upper body. Giving this a big squeeze at the full lockout will make for an excellent follow through.
Also, since that's not working all three heads of the triceps and also not covering all the muscles used and in the way that they're being used for a proper surf paddle (not SUP paddle!), we have a couple more exercises to use. One is the skull-crusher on a 45-degree incline bench. You see people do these laying flat on a bench and there's more room for error there and harder to keep it triceps-specific. You'll end up getting unwanted help from the chest and shoulders in a bench press sense. For incline skull-crushers, keep elbows perfectly in line with shoulders (they'll want to kick out wide for help from other muscles) and this can be achieved by putting tension on the pecs in the same squeeze you'd use on a chest fly. You also want your upper arm completely vertical and perpendicular to the floor.
That is by far the best overall triceps movement. You'd be well off if you were to only do those and others are more bodybuilding supplements though the kickback is pretty specific to paddle follow through. Standing triceps pushdown with a lat pulldown bar, rope, or any bar is a junk exercise even though you see too many people do it because it's easy and works the smallest head of the tri. If you want a third exercise then do overhead DB triceps press. It is similar to the incline skull-crushers but you'll be seated upright at the end of a bench and have a single DB of decent weight and you'll hold it straight up and down over the head by cupping each of your hands in an "OK" sign, stacking them one of top of the other, and wrapping your thumbs and index fingers around the base of the upper head of the DB.
I'm sick of typing (really!) right now and am starving so I'll give you the name of the DB chest pullover and you can look that up or get the jist from me later. Make sure you use the side of a bench as the "back to your chair" so you are kind of crouch positioned.
You can YouTube all of this for clarity but as with anything else, look at 10 videos and you'll get an idea of which 3-4 of them are correct. I do it for anything athletic, technological, mechanical, or construction.
Stability ball is excellent and there's a wide spectrum of right and wrong ways to use them. Tons of variability with it though so it's definitely in the "functional strength" (i.e. very sports-specific, not just a gym exercise like bench press) department.
And people say I have questionable posts...
Good luck with your next golf scramble. Maybe you'll do some situps and sprints between now and then.
had to share,this is everyday on the eastcoast:cool: