If you are finally ready to take your kayaking up a few levels
..... then it's time to consider strength training.
Strength training is something all paddlers should do, whether you are just starting out or have been paddling for years.
Most kayakers try to improve their performance solely from paddling more or harder out on the water. This is logical I guess, as that is where we compete and surely just paddling more will improve our performance.
Gym base strength training can improve on water performance both indirectly and directly. Indirect performance improvements come through improved postural control, musculoskeletal alignment and an increased injury resilience through making the athlete more ‘structurally robust' so they can handle higher on water training volumes.
Direct performance improvements come through improved neuromuscular activation, improved fatigue resistance and increasing the size of the muscle fibres resulting in more power production in the boat.
To produce more power in a kayak you need to be able to pull harder on the paddle and do this faster. No matter how much you paddle even if you use bungees and tennis balls while paddling, the strength gains that can be made are minimal. The use of these training tools should just be the icing on the cake, not your only strength training plan.
To produce more force and pull on your paddle harder your muscles must improve their contractility and for this to occur a very specific training load is needed.
No doubt like most paddlers you have tried gym training planned by a personal trainer or yourself. It is also likely that similar to most, you did not see any good results or even had your on water performance decrease from your strength training efforts. Just like your on water training your strength training needs to be specific, well structured and periodised not just a body building programme off the internet.
There are many misconceptions and fears that kayakers have about strength training. Many of these stem from the body building industry and gym culture that create images of gigantic, muscular individuals that struggle to move, let alone perform any great feats of athleticism.
Kayakers are not body builders and their training in the gym needs to reflect that!
Performance improvements do not occur by accident. They require some very specific steps to occur in a certain order.
I want to share with you a kayak specific strength training system that I have developed and personally knows works.
Now I have done all of the 'hard' work for you; researching, planning and testing this training system. I have structured everything so that all you need to do is follow the step by step instructions and complete the detailed training sessions.
It's time to set the goals for your next season or key race and start taking the steps that are going to take your performance to the next level.
This way you are always moving forward. Getting fitter, stronger and faster which at the end of the day makes you faster in the boat.
Paddle Strong is a cross between an E-book and a training plan.
It has got all of the important back ground information required for athletes to understand and implement their training without being weighed down with unnecessary information. It also includes high quality training plans and exercise descriptions that will allow athletes to put the theory into practice.
Paddle Strong includes
- Anatomical and physiological principles will help you understand the WHY behind your training
- Periodised training outline shows you how to best integrate your strength training into your on water training at different times of the year.
- Specific strength testing sessions and templates allow you to track your performance gains
- Nutrition basics - small changes in your nutrition make a big difference in your training. These guidelines will allow you to maximise your training with minimal effort.
- 6 kayak specific strength training sessions provide step by step instructions on what to do in the gym
- Over 100 photos of exercise demonstrations guide your technique which is critical for safe and effective strength training
- Best bang for your buck stretches to maximise your time and get the most from your stretches
- Printable templates allow you to design your own sessions to add variety to your training
Due to the comprehensive nature of Paddle Strong it broken down into 3 individual sections
Section 1: The theoretical basis behind strength training for kayakers including anatomical focus, planning your strength training, testing and tracking your progress, nutrition basics and specific training sessions.
Section 2: Exercise library that outlines all of the exercises and stretches included in the training plans with instructional photos and key written technical focused points.
Section 3: Appendix containing testing and tracking tables, printable training plan templates and bibliography.
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Paddle Strong is not just an e-book. It is a training system that allows paddlers no matter if they are a Multisport, K1, Ski or Recreational paddler to be able pick this up, get into the gym and start seeing improvements.
If you were to get this information, training sessions and tips outlined in this e-book personally from Matty through Exponential Performance Coaching today the cost would be in excess of $970.
However you can get all of this for only $45