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Old 04-14-2011   #1
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I was looking for recommendations on the top calisthenics you use to prepare for kayak season? More cardio? More arms? More core? What helps most?

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core workouts are your best bet
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"7 minute abs."
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Old 04-14-2011   #6
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So, to be serious, your whole body is meant to work together, and it's best not to spot train specific areas. Muscle imbalances can create all sorts of issues.

If you really only want to do the minimum, core exercises that use your whole body are great:
side planks
bird dogs

Exercises that use all the muscle groups are ideal (I'm talking weight training here):
forearms and hands

Then, especially for kayakers, the all important shoulders need to be hit in all areas:

Cardio is important for your heart and more importantly, your brain. Yoga or some sort of stretching rounds it out!
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12 oz. curls then move up to 16oz.
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Old 04-14-2011   #8
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Cross Fit

And when you do weight training, use free weights, not machines. Free weights force you to engage all of the small muscles around the main muscle, for holding balance and fine tuning strength. Machines just work one or two major muscles, and you miss most of the ones that replicate the full use of your body.
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Old 04-14-2011   #9
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G2 the Max: The Ultimate Glute Workout.
Consists of three forty minute segments of non-stop clinching... Great way to build up the clinch endurance for those long meaty drops.
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Old 04-15-2011   #10
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Cross Fit is good, but expensive to join one of the gyms...If you want to try out that route they have workouts of the day posted on the cross fit site, sometimes they require special equipment though...alternately you could try doing some Olympic lifts. Lhowe is correct free weights are vastly superior to machines, weather the weights are barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells or even rocks. Look at the Starting Strength book by Mark gives excellent descriptions and instruction of Olympic lifts and a great beginner lifting program. Complement the lifting with some running or yoga and it will whip you into shape..

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