Spring is nearly here, which means it’s time to get those paddling muscles back into shape.
Well, not just the paddling muscles of course, it’s important to get them all back into shape. I’ve stayed physically active all winter, but really want to paddle fast and long right out the gate.
The canoe paddling motion appears to be all in the arms, but of course the arms are connected to the rest of the body. You need to consider your entire upper body. So go ahead and chop off those legs, unless you need to portage. Then I suppose they’ll come in handy.
Here’s my pre-summer paddling workout plan.
As soon as my new Clipper Freedom is ready to pick up (end of March) replace most of this with on-water workouts and do just 2 days a week in the gym.
- Monday and Tuesday: Endurance / light weight
- Thurs, Fri and Sat: Power / heavy