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Olympic Lifts for rowing water sports?

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:25 pm
by WolfRain
What advantages and/or disadvantages does Oly Lifts have on rowing/kayaking and other paddle-boat water sports?

I read an article that said lifting slow is more effective than explosive lifts when it comes to these kinds of water sports, but I don't think they were referring to Oly Lifts themselves.

What do you think?

What do the statistics show? etc..


Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:35 pm
by Eric
i am a river guide and oc boater (open canoe), spend all summer on white water rafting and canoeing, i do lots of rotational exrx's to strengthen rotator cuff muscles - Teres Minor, Subscapularis, Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus - since shoulder injuries occur quite often. i do seated cable rows to somewhat mimic the action of oar rigging, and really concentrate on core exrx's since that is where the stability and balance come from anyway when paddling. as to using olym lifts i have no clue if they would benefit paddling sports other than strenghten muscles to handle more stress.

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:06 pm
by Matt Z
From what little I know about rowing, muscular endurance seems more important than explosive strength. For this reason you would probably be better off with exercises like chins/pulldowns, barbell/dumbbell rows, bench presses, overhead presses, deadlifts and squats performed with relatively high reps (8-12 or 10-15).

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:35 pm
by WolfsRain

What about for martial arts and combat sports?
How about sprinting? would the Oly Lifts improve running speed as well?

Thanks again!

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 5:45 pm
by Matt Z
Olympic lifts are great for sprinting and martial arts, since both require explosive power.

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:10 pm
by TimD
Wolfrain, while I enjoy the O lifts and their variations, and do believe they have a part in any general conditioning program, I see either no pluses or minuses for doing them specifically for paddle sports.
To your question on the martial arts and sprinting, yes. You should check out Lots of martial artists, military, police and firefighters over there. They combine almost everything; bodyweight, sprints, PL, OL, and basic exercises. Except of their max effort days, most workouts are done timed, striving to do the most amount of work in the shortest period of time. In short, they try to train all aspects of fitness. BTW, lots of paddle sports types over there as well.

Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:19 pm
by WolfsRain

Thanks guys!

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 9:15 pm
by Eric
anything that works the core in a twisting manner is excellent for paddling/rowing, especially kayaking and canoeing when the core acts like a spring to get power for the stroke.

key exrx for my paddle season is this for my obliques

sorry i couldnt help with oly lifts again


Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:23 am