Monday, September 25, 2006

 

Stretching for Torso Rotation and Kayak Paddling Performance

Torso rotation is the motor you should be using to power your kayak, so stretching and loosening up your torso rotation muscles is a good way to start your day of kayaking, and maybe again as a wakeup call after a leisurely lunch.

Torso stretch with paddle leverage.

Bottom hand: reach across the bow (front) of your kayak. Place the power face of the paddle against the bow.

Top hand: push out using the vertical paddle for leverage. This allows you to rotate your torso towards the stern (back) of your kayak. Push with continuous, moderate pressure and hold the stretch for at least 40 sec.

Then switch sides and stretch your rotators on the other side of the kayak.
 BRT stretching his torso motor.
Photo by TaylorC.

You can just jump onto the river and stretch out as you paddle down the river, but why be stiff and clumsy for those first hours of every kayaking trip? You'll perform better and have more fun on the river if you do the stretching exercises you need before you put in !!

Stretching may not be that important for flexible, young kids, but stiff, old men like me really need to pay attention to stretching if we want to keep on paddling down our favorite rivers.

More about: Kayaking Techniques.  Stretching Techniques.  Books on Stretching.

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"You can just jump onto the river and stretch out as you paddle down the river, but why be stiff and clumsy for those first hours of every kayaking trip?"

You do sound like an old man! Great site. The large font just drives the old guy thing home. I'll probably do the same thing on my blog.
 
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