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Rambo 30th October 2008 09:54 PM

I am a regional / national level surfer. I do slalom and formularacing. Last year I don't sail as much as I used to. Last weekend with a local race I had the biggest problems holding the boom with my hands. I have these problems espessially using longsleeve wetsuits and large diameter booms. Does anybody know if there is a good exersice for solving this problem? Do I need stronger mussles or longer mussles (stretching)?
Thanx, Rambo.

crazychemical 30th October 2008 11:08 PM

a physiotherapist would recommend you do both. Do muscle training and before and after the excersizes you strech your muscles. I suggest you do hand and forearm excesizes to get the problem away. Your biceps/triceps get excesized enough just by training same as your ratator cuffs so i don't think you need worry about those.

hope this helps


Rambo 30th October 2008 11:47 PM

Thanx crazychemical,
What exersices do you suggest for hand and forearmtraining? Are ther some "to do at home" exercises? I think about a weight on a rope on a piece of a broken boom. Then turn the boompiece around till the weight is up. Other exercise; windsurfing without trapeze for half an hour? Any suggestions?

geo 31st October 2008 12:04 AM

First of all, go running. Cheapest and easiest way to keep basic fitness. You can do that whenever wherever. I would add some pullups if and where possible: forearms too, and mostly lats biceps and some deltoids, almost all you need when windsurfing apart from legs.
Of course more specific exercises will help a lot, but to me this is the basics. And of course, stretch every time you train.

crazychemical 31st October 2008 12:37 AM

it has a lot of excersizes for different zones of forearm and wrist. remember to strech before and after: strech your arm and pull your fingers towards you. This streches nearly all forearm muscles. If you do it to both sides offcourse (fingers via upperside towards you and via the bottom side (ventral/dorsal sides if thats any indication for you).

Unregistered 31st October 2008 07:10 AM

Wear a short sleeve suite with a 1mm long sleeve mid layer.
Your arms wont pump up and yuo wil lbe able to grab the boom

Unregistered 31st October 2008 09:05 AM

An exercise windsurfers used to do before was to take a bit of wood and put a piece of string down to the floor and tie it around a brick, then just wind it up and then, wind it back down to the floor, do it for about 30- 40 mins and your fore arms will be feeling much stronger. ( if one brick isnt heavy enough use something heavier)

dan e 31st October 2008 10:48 AM

Try the Kettle Bell exercises. You can see videos at U Tube.

Unregistered 31st October 2008 09:48 PM

buy a different suit, had the same problem, found a decent suit, now no problems

Tomcat 31st October 2008 11:52 PM

Most important yet most neglected muscle group: AB'S. A strong core takes a huge load off your arms. Do crunches, crunches, and more crunches.

Wrist curls both overhand and underhand grip really help strengthen the forearms.

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