The fact that you can do a movement doesn’t mean you are sure to do it right straight away.
It involves paddling, but it concerns the rest of your daily activities as well.
I know, it sounds weird.
Let’s go for a moment at the base of the movement mechanism, and this will make it all clear.
Behind the execution of any action, since you were born, there are programs.
Think about you want to drink a cappuccino (yes, Italian style!).
Few instants before your arm goes toward the cup on the table, your spinal muscles have been activating to let you bending forward without fall over.
There is a fine sequence of muscle activations and joint positions behind each one of your action, even the smallest.
Some of these programs are just inside you genetically; some others need to be created and refined.
Back to your childhood, when you started standing on your feet and want to walk, your steps were uncertain, your movement far from being smooth, and you needed to grab some furniture to not fall.
Weeks later, with some practice, your coordination improved, your steps were more stable, and you started looking around, confident of a new way of moving.
What did happen?
The “walking program” inside your brain was created and improved. It learned which balance you needed to walk, which muscle should active first, which level of strength you are necessary to exert and so on.
But the main thing here is that each one of us creates his own program. Sometimes, this program is slightly different from another’s one, sometimes the difference could be huge.
If you think to a baseball player and the gap between his launch skill and yours, you can quickly figure out how would be different between the two “launch programs.”
Now, you can agree with the subtitle of this post:
Thinking of your workout, that means that struggling with more intense training doesn’t lead to a real improvement if you don’t move correctly.
Moreover, pushing hard while your actions are not correct brings you toward injuries, as you know from the post about the dark side of paddling (find it here if you missed it).
So, how to proceed then?
Briefly: you need to seek for quality first.
This advice regards technical training on the board as well as workout routines during your “dry training.”
High-quality moves mean more effective actions and a better result lastly.
I work this way since I started my job as a physical trainer.
Especially in sports, this aspect is underestimated. Athletes believe their level assures them top quality movements.
Often that’s the case, but not always!
With top athletes, I work on smaller details compared to beginners, but we still work on the quality of their moves.
Back to you, even if you’re not a top-level athlete, it doesn’t mean you should skip this attention to details.
You can improve and refine your gestures forever if you want.
How to do it?
In order to achieve the correct program behind your movements, you need to work following the right progression.
This track will bring you through the correct sensibility of your body and your segments (we call it proprioception).
After improving it, you would need to activate the right muscle at the right time, concerting it with the rest of your body.
Then, you’ll be ready to put into your movement the level of strength you need to get the result you want.
There is a simple path to improvement.
Depending on your level, your aims, and your problems you need the right progression, and you should choose the correct training.
This is my job. Let me do it for you.
Have you ever feel back pain during or after your sessions?
I’ll give you specific exercises designed to give you the muscles balance and strength.