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What do you guys do to get into/stay in shape for kayaking during the off season (when you can't paddle locally). What tips do you have?
 

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Give Skate Skiing a try. Basically 8 months a year my upper body gets to move while boating and then my weenie legs (and lungs) are tortured for the next 4.

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try kayak polo.

It's a fun game and it keeps you in shape. Think of it as a cross between basketball, hockey, and of course you're in a kayak. The goals are suspended about 7ft in the air and are about the size of a hockey goal. If you have possession of the ball, the opponent can attempt a one handed push to try and knock you over (good roll practice). You can only hold the ball for five seconds before you either pass to a teammate, or toss it in front of you like a dribble. There is typically a lot of sprinting, so this naturally helps keep us in paddling shape for the run-off in the summer.

The club in Ft Collins is meeting tonight at 7:45 at EPIC mkp.kayakpolo.com/news check it out.
 

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Rock climbing is very upper body oriented; rock gyms allow for year-round training.

Swimming laps is also excellent training for kayaking; it works out very similar upper body muscle groups, great practice controlling your breath; builds a comfort factor in the water.

Kayak polo was an excellent workout last Tuesday. Its easy to get hurt if it gets too aggro though; alot like hockey. Full face masks and gloves are a good idea. Don't spear anyone with a sharp-pointed boat.

If there happens to be a wave pool in your area that will let a kayak group bring their boats (once a month has been working well here), that is a great version of a pool session. The one in Layton UT has two wave machines in the deep end, that generate 1.5 to 2 foot high waves. The waves break a little toward the shallow end, so you can catch and surf the waves for maybe 10 yards. They turn the waves off and on in 15 minute intervals, so the waves-off time is like a normal pool session.

In a normal indoor pool, you could set some slalom gates too. That could make it more of a workout, and more fun if a group is into it.

Also, you can dress warm and keep paddling outdoors, as long as its not iced over. They started releasing water out of Echo reservoir here; evidently because the reservoirs are still high, and they are concerned about more flooding next spring. The local class IV run is not in at this level, but there is some II-III flowing now. Some good SUP runs too.
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=10136500
 

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I recommend 12oz bicep curls. Fully extend from table to mouth. Odells is a good brand of weight. Start with 90Shilling and work your way up from there.

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Lol Off season is kayaking season...winter is the time to get in shape...backcountry skiing, ice climbing, hut trips. Just quit riding lifts and you will go back to kayaking in about the best shape possible:) I do a lot of rotater and shoulder exercises at home (due to a bad shoulder injury), lat pulldowns are good too but it only takes a few times a week to keep the muscle up. Totally agree w/ the 12 oz curls.
 

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A good way to workout and keep your core muscles in tune with the motion they are active when kayaking is to get a pilates/yoga ball, a paddle/weight bar/broom stick/etc, (I use a 9oz straight bar in the gym). Sit on the ball with good kayaking posture (sitting straight up-not slouched, good hand position on the bar or whatever you're using to simulate your paddle, feet/legs in the best position as possible to simulate the way they are in a kayak--> not gonna be perfect being that you're sitting way up on a ball, etc.) From here, concentrate on using good form and technique to just activate your core; rotate your core in the manner you paddle. I do 10-20 on each side. JUST CORE here first while holding your "paddle" correctly. At the end of those reps, I move straight into paddle strokes, again 10-20 on each side. Slow, and concentrating on good form. I do about 3 sets.

More CORE:

Pull ups: The only change here is to Bring your knees up so that they are parallel to the floor (Bring your knees up to your waistline-ish) From here, do pull ups as you normally would while keeping your knees up. This keeps your Core activated.

Dips: Overall great exercise for a lot of your kayaking muscles; shoulders, tri's, chest, etc. * Like above on the pull ups, keep your knees up, parallel to the floor while doing your dips. This again will keep your core activated. If you need help/spot, put a pilates/yoga ball under your feet to push out more reps.

Work all of your muscle groups, don't neglect any.

Cardio, Cardio, Cardio. Helps a TON.

My "Off" Season activities:

- Gym (Working everything) cardio in the gym, I use the recumbent exercise bike (less stress on knees and back--> my knees and back are a bit jacked up, jumped out of planes for a living and humped quite a bit of weight/gear) and as an alternative to the exercise bike and running the track, I do a bit of Krav Maga for about 30mins to an hour.

- Play Paintball

- Shooting real firearms at ranges

- Hiking (Incline if you're ever in the Springs/manitou area)

- Ruck Marching with about a 65 lbs ruck sack. (at least ~5 miles) ( In a way, I guess this could simulate humping your kayak to the put-in or to the take-out)


Fitness for your river mind:
- If you can, and if rivers are still somewhat flowing, get out and hike along a section of river. Take time to read the river and rapids that you may never have looked at from the banks before; what it is doing, what's creating certain features (river features Now, and later as flows get higher and higher), look at lines, swim options, etc.

Good luck staying sane during the 'off' season!
 

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I recommend 12oz bicep curls. Fully extend from table to mouth. Odells is a good brand of weight. Start with 90Shilling and work your way up from there.

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Funny how a 6 pack of 12oz curls helps develop your kegger shape, not your
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if rivers are still somewhat flowing...
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. :)
 

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Staying fit with whatever process works for you but core work and rotator cuff work are important. If i back off my rotator cuff work then the next season is painful all year. I like the swimming option mentioned above, works well.
 

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Whew. I just started P90X again. Today was day one. I did it two years ago with great results then got busy and quit doing it and have declined in fitness over the last year. Time to get it back again.
 

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I've also been doing abdominal excersizes in the form of watching new beavis and butthead episodes. Especially them watching the "it's so cold in the D" video on the new cornholio episode.
 

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I've also been doing abdominal excersizes in the form of watching new beavis and butthead episodes. Especially them watching the "it's so cold in the D" video on the new cornholio episode.
I've been wanting to see that, how is it? Unfortunately I don't have cable anymore so I can't watch it.
 

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The only way to get into shape is to use battling ropes.
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Everything else is worthless.

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

or Kettle bells

or the Impact Body Plan:
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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.
 

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Mountain bike and ski (lots of bc) for cardio. Throw disc golf regularly to keep the shoulders in shape (it's good to learn to throw with both the right and left...) plus a little weight training....always seems to work well for me.

Since I already have shoulder problems I also find that some pool sessions to keep the roll fresh, and occasional winter sessions in the Salida slalom course help as well.
 
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