Kayak Rowing -- What Muscles are Used?

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Kayak Rowing -- What Muscles are Used?

Post by smertz » Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:13 pm

I'm just starting out in learning about the different muscles and the exercises that use them. And I'm curious as to which muscles are being used for a kayak row done like this:

Sit on a bench with legs strectched out in front of you and then using a barbell as a kayak paddle go through the motion of paddling using proper technique (using your core for most of the movement.) I'm looking for info like given for the exercises on the website under Weight Exercises, where it explains the targets, and stabilizers.

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Post by TimD » Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:15 pm

Hi Steve. What you described is pretty much imitating a row with weights, and might be very beneficial for a specific mode of training. However, from my prospective, you might be better off doing general back conditioning, and combining it with some kayaking. For general back, you have to look at the functions. 1. Spinal stabilization 2. Shoulder elevation, and what you are concerned with, scapular retraction, both vertical and horizontal. There is a ton of info on this site describing methods to work these areas (go to the kinesiology section, look under articulations_, but if you chin row, and pick something up off the ground, you'll do just fine.
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Post by smertz » Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:49 am

Thanks for the feedback TimD. I will check into all that!

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Post by Hoister » Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:35 am

Steve,

I used to race kayaks in the bay near my house. To prep for it, we would tie a bucket to the back of our kayaks to add resistance. Much like weights, the larger the bucket, the larger the resistance. When i say larger, i mean larger diameter (mouth) of the bucket AS WELL as the depth or volume.

Tie it by the handle, so that the open end of the bucket is pointed at your back - i know this is obvious to most, but.... ;).

Another guy used a parachute he made from an old tarp.

Just a thought,
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Post by smertz » Thu Jul 27, 2006 6:09 pm

Hoister,

That's a great idea! And so simple. I will definitely be building myself a parachute to practice with.

Thanks!

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