Paddling.net continues the series of specific exercises for paddlers, but with a twist this time (or should we say ball). For the next Exercise segments, you'll be encouraged to use the popular Pilates Ball.
When learning the art of sea kayaking, the main focus for beginners and novice paddlers is the ability to maintain balance while in the kayak. For most paddlers', just starting out in the sport, this can feel a lot like walking on a tight wire hundreds of feet off the ground. Even an advanced paddler, after a long season off the water, may feel a little "tippy" their first day back in the boat.
Working on "leaning" and "edging", J leans and C leans, can really push the beginner and novice to their limits. The trick is to train the inner ear to find its "center" while performing these tricky balancing acts. The following exercises using the Pilates Ball will help in training, not only the inner ear, but the whole body as well. These are great exercises for fine-tuning maneuvers and offers some great off-season maintenance.
Begin by sitting ontop of the pilates ball (inflate the ball so it is very firm) with a paddle, broom stick or long dowel in hand.
Now, link the strokes together and find your rhythm. Start with a slow pace and, as you become comfortable with your form, begin to pick up the speed. Thirty minutes, at a fast pace, will make a good workout.
Tony Kramer is the founder of The Sea Kayaker which is a kayak-touring outfitter serving Atlanta, Georgia and Eastern Shore of the Mobile Bay area. They offer scheduled and custom, guided, sea kayak tours and instruction.
He is also known for his work with Walter Muellenhagen on their "How To" home improvement series: "Hands On" and "Remodeling and Decorating Today." Both shows air on HGTV and DIY. Tony takes this same "How To" approach to his kayak instruction and tours. As an instructor, his experience is based on over seventeen years of open ocean touring and BCU training.
If you are interested in putting together a personal workout, they would be happy to put one together for you. Just email them with your information and training goals.
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