What Activities (Other Than Kayaking) Build Stamina For Kayaking

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What Activities (Other Than Kayaking) Build Stamina For Kayaking

Post by Psamathe » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:11 pm

On a bike ride today and I started wondering what other sports & activities help build stamina/strength for kayaking. I also cycle and had always regarded the muscles built for cycling only really useful for cycling, but realised that when cycling my lower back (just above bum) muscles start to ache before my legs tire so wondered if lower back muscles are useful for kayaking.
 
Not thinking about gym as I've always regarded going there as (rather boring and) deliberately targeted.
 
So there must be other sports and activities that help those muscles needed for kayaking.

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Re: What Activities (Other Than Kayaking) Build Stamina For Kayaking

Post by feedbackproblem » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:33 pm

Football will help with stamina and core strength. Another advantage I found was that you get used to dealing with pain and heavy impacts which means that it's less of a shock to the system if you get overly friendly with a rock.

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Post by shanclan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:59 am

15 mins Pilates + ham string stretches = core strength with minimum effort + less injury.

I used to regularly pull muscles in my lower back where you describe because my core was just not strong enough and my hamstrings were too tight (most men and many women have over tight ham strings). Climbing does help, but the most effective has been 15 mins of Pilates every morning. No specialist clothing or equipment, no fees, no trip to the gym.

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Re: What Activities (Other Than Kayaking) Build Stamina For Kayaking

Post by Badknee » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:38 am

I have always found swimming most useful but that may be due to the way I paddle 😀
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Re: What Activities (Other Than Kayaking) Build Stamina For Kayaking

Post by damppaddler » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:01 pm

Water boarding

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Post by DaveBland » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:33 pm

damppaddler wrote:
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:01 pm
Water boarding
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Post by swagstaff » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:06 pm

ice climbing.
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Post by Conor Buckboy » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:13 pm

I find rowing gigs quite good for core and shoulder strength/ endurance

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Re: What Activities (Other Than Kayaking) Build Stamina For Kayaking

Post by Jim » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:16 pm

I'm pretty sure (my coach will probably correct me later if I remember to ask) that stamina is not activity specific, so any activity that can be used for building stamina (cycling, running etc.) can be used to improve it for kayaking.

Strength is more specific and whilst no other sport is likely to do harm (unless it builds muscle very assymmetrically) there probably are not many that help as much for kayaking as actual kayaing.

Are lower back muscles useful for kayaking - YES!
Do most recreational kayakers make proper use of them - NO!

Efficient paddle stroke uses all the back muscles and a solid push through the leg nearest the blade in the water, but I would think there is a lot you can do to work on your stroke in the boat before you can even utilise all those muscles correctly (if you are coming from a flatwater sprint/marathon background you will already know this and have the technique, most of us that have only ever pulled plastic boats around don't, but there will be exceptions). So yes, cycling can probably help with strength for efficient full back rotation paddling, if you are paddling that way. It is also worth noting that even if you can paddle that way, there are times on whitewater when you need to let that technique go and revert to some arm based paddling, in essence technique will adapt as the water changes.

I don't have time to fit gym work into my life so I just go paddling - tonight will be sprinting and then some slalom. Tomorrow may be polo (or I might pack for the weekend). Friday probably rest, Sat and Sun slalom racing, but I may take my sea kayak and try to do a 1hour+ enduro session in it Sat evening. Last night was freestyle. Different types of paddling, and different exercises and drills when paddling can help build up a range of different strengths. The closest I get to gym work is trying to do chin ups. I used to be able to do none, sometimes I can now do 2.

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Re: What Activities (Other Than Kayaking) Build Stamina For Kayaking

Post by Andy H » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:33 pm

Easy
Running, Swimming, Cycling.

You dont need to go to the gym and build big guns, Cardio as mentioned is the best.

Core strength exercises like planking etc will build on your development as well.

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