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Old 11-30-2011   #21
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I noticed today on a local run that is still somewhat flowing, that paddling a kayak is a great way to stay in shape for kayaking. A little boat abusive, but aside from that, it was very similar to kayaking. [/QUOTE]

True, true. But how much kayaking in Colorado is not boat abuse even wHen it is season.

plus if you want it bad enough there is year round boating here in Colorado. I'm on 22 months straight now. (sundays royal gorge run will make it 23)

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Old 11-30-2011   #22
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Originally Posted by raftus View Post
The only way to get into shape is to use battling ropes.
GET SHREDDED USING BATTLE ROPES - HIT Fitness Warehouse-Pushing Performance Beyond Limits
Everything else is worthless.

Except the Jungle Gym (a better less expensive TRX):
Jungle Gym XT

or Kettle bells

or the Impact Body Plan: The IMPACT! Body Plan: Build New Muscle, Flatten Your Belly & Get Your Mind Right! (9781605290713): Todd Durkin M.A. C.S.C.S., Mike Zimmerman, Adam Bornstein, Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson: Books

Actually any plans that incorporates balance, strength, flexibility, cardio, and stability is a great plan. Battling ropes are cool right now, and if they get you excited to work out then they are a great tool. Kettle bells were the rage a couple years ago, also a great tool. The Impact body pan has joint stabilization exercises for your shoulders and hips that are good for kayakers and rafters alike. It also has just about everything else you would want in a plan - just be ware that some of the workouts take a long time to complete - personally I cut the number of sets down to keep the workouts under 1 hour. Otherwise it is one of the best rounded workouts I've ever done.
The battle ropes look awesome, they don't have those at my local gym. Is there a place where I can find instructions on making my own set?

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Old 12-01-2011   #23
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There's nothing special about battling ropes - they are usually 1 1/2 in to 2 inch rope, 50 foot total hooked to a stable object at the midway point, one end held in each hand. Hemp, nylon and polyester are all fine choices. Frankly I'd go for the cheapest option you can find, your basically buying weights that move around. The generally cost $125-150 bucks. My local 24 HR fitness has them. If you braided a few old ropes (retired climbing ropes perhaps?) together you could get a great fitness tool on the cheap.
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Old 12-01-2011   #24
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beer followed by restroom followed by more beer.

Seems to keep me pretty ripped.

More seriously, I'm a p90 x guy.
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Old 12-02-2011   #25
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Is this a real post? Being out of paddling shape is like being too drunk to fish. Sure there are some athletic boaters out there, but let's face it - this is hardly a sport. Hell, gravity is doing most of the work. If you really have to work at staying in "boating" shape you should sell your kayak and use that money to buy a clue, a keg-o-rator and an innertube.
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Old 12-02-2011   #26
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How about going out to a lake that hasn't totally frozen over and go out and paddle for a couple of hours
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Old 12-04-2011   #27
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I've always lifted weights in the off-season, 3 times a week and have never had shoulder problems in 30 years of boating.
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Old 02-26-2013   #28
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Yoga for paddling


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