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Supplement Regimen for Tripping

When I picked up my friend Roger, who was paddling around mainland Nova Scotia three summers ago, he was thin and complained of period dizzy spells. On our drive to the grocery store, Roger speculated that he wasn’t consuming enough calories and needed to beef up his intake, so to speak. Lesson learned from a friend: I intend to finish this …

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Paddlers Fitness – Week 8 Results

We started our program in January 2017 with a group of three enthusiastic paddlers plus me and Ben. We’re all learners: some are new to fitness; this is a mentorship opportunity for me; Ben is advancing his fitness assessment methodology and exploring remote coaching. The 15-week program starts in the studio with a fitness assessment. We test functional strength, mobility, and …

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Paddlers Fitness Program launched!

Today we launched “Between the Seasons”, a fitness program for paddlers to improve their fitness during the less active winter months. I’ve created this program with my friend, Ben Costigan, owner of Core Essentials Fitness Studio in downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I’ve been working with Ben as my personal trainer for nearly two years and I’ve learned a lot from …

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Discomfort and Improving Performance

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get.” — Confucius I’ve learned to appreciate through my own personal training as a kayaker, and more recently through my experience as a coach, that significant …

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Head to Toe: Strength Training for Sea Kayakers

Do you want an explosive forward stroke? Would you like to paddle all day without getting too fatigued, feel great the next day, and be ready to do it again? Cardiovascular endurance training will contribute to these performance objectives but an investment in strength training will yield multiple benefits for your kayaking fu. I’ve come to realize through my own …

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Head to Toe: Cockpit Hip Flexor Stretch

Kayaking is a great workout for your lower body if you’re paddling effectively under the deck by rotating the hips and pushing hard on those foot pegs with every stroke. But while the lower posterior chain is actively engaged, some of the anterior muscles — most notably the hip flexors — are used far less and don’t endure their full …