Static Back

By Greg Finch

Static Back

What makes Static Back so incredibly effective lies in its simplicity

As you watch someone going through the Static Back routine it may look like they are just laying there. That they are totally passive.

Actually the truth is that static back is an incredibly active maneuver. It is a symmetrical stimulus that is engaging all the muscles of the musculoskeletal system in a process of redistribution. But while active on the musculoskeletal level the demand on one's physical output is minimal.

This allows us to focus the mind on our breath, symmetry and presence all while using gravity to our advantage when we are off balance.

Here are simple to follow steps to integrate Static Back into and throughout your day:

1. Duration

5-10 minutes (If just starting keep it closer to 5 minutes)
Longer is fine it's more about creating good habits at the start. Shorter usually means more repeatable

2. Comfortable and Supportive Surface

Use a fairly firm surface but not so hard as to cause pain

3. Chair or Other Appropriate Height Support

Lie on your back with both legs bent at right angles on a chair or block
You can just rest your hands on your stomach or lay your arms out at the side below shoulder level, palms facing up

4. Visualize Symmetry Within Your Body

Recognize where you are not symmetrical and acknowledge improvement over time

5. Focus on Your Breath

Breathe from your stomach. Let the lower back relax

Consistency really is vital with Static Back
Commit to completing it everyday for a week and you WILL notice a difference in your alignment, symmetry, and a reduction in back fatigue

My stamina and paddling are really improved and that allows me to surf longer and stronger


I've noticed a big difference in really two main things. One is my pre-surf warm up gets my body loose and ready to surf. I feel like I'm not step-tripping over to myself as much. Doing those dumb falls that just waste a bunch of waves.

Second my stamina and paddling are really improved and that allows me to surf longer and stronger.

Josh Beckett - Winemaker

My Surfing Has Improved On So Many Levels


My surfing has improved on so many different levels working with Greg. I have developed much more confidence in the water. I feel more comfortable & strong out there. I can paddle longer, pop-up faster, and turn with more power.

Heather Miller - Acupuncturist for WSL

Those aches & pains after a sesh aren't there anymore


It really gave me direction of what to do to get my body feeling better. Some of those aches and pains I would get after a sesh aren't there anymore. I could see my body becoming much more reliable for me because of the exercises and techniques that were taught.

The personal service was awesome! Greg was very knowledgeable and easy to reach whenever. If I ever had a question he was there to help quickly.

Scott Williams

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