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I'm looking for feedback how this technology applies to kayaking. Are there specific exercises known to improve the particular core stability needed to keep a racing kayak moving efficiently?

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I’ve not worked with kayaking...I have worked, in the past, with two oar sculling and sweep sculling...single rower and multiple.   I imagine the principals are similar.  Its all about balance and power.  There are several specific exercises which when coupled into a program will enhance the rowers balance, scapular strength and mobility, and back and abdominal power. We can also always invent new exercises that address your specific tasks. 

 

Basically our technology develops balance while accelerating.  Controlled acceleration requires more technique than strength.   And then there is anaerobic endurance and how you handle your power when fatigued.

 

Are we talking K1, K2 flat bottom, sea, slalom?

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I'm talking about ICF-K1 (most tippy sprint boats) marathon kayaking. While rowing most everything stays symmetric. In kayaking force is generated from your core and ballance and boat control is very critical in a situation where the applied force is totally of center. You are right, technique is eventually as important as power.
Your machine looks like it could bring very valuable training to the program. I was just wondering, if there is already kayakers using it and if specific exercises could be tried out on a demo (I have access to one of your machines but no idea what to try?) You could email me directly at Jack@Toth.net
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Are you talking K1 with a swivel seat or no?  To my knowledge there are no kayakers training with my technology. We can invent exercises that will enhance coordination and power in your sport but we must first build a foundation of muscle control…can’t train what you don’t have.  In my youth I was a white water and expedition canoe enthusiast.  I have experienced that “old sinking feeling” many times.   A lot changes when you have a flat keel bottom.  I’m game in developing training programs and techniques. Where is the machine you have access to?

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I have paddled with and without the swiffel seat. The best paddlers can perform good (or even more correct) hip rotation without the swiffel seat. The idea is to spare the weaker muscles (such as your arms) and employ the most powerful ones. Thus, one can generate most force (over extended times) using a powerful leg drive rotating your hips on your seat. The core winds up and unwinds "explosively" in cycles but it also has to provide a lot of support not breaking the link between your legs and the upper body.
At peak times I have been training up to 30 hrs/week recently (training for National and international events). Using any of my training time effectively is very important to me! I own a home gym with numerous very specialized machines applicable for kayaking as wells as for cross training.
Fitness Pro has recently completed a new installation at the Florida Wellness Center in Tallahassee, which I have goten a quick tour for. I may be interested to add your machine to my home gym if I knew of a set of training routines that could clearly help improving my core stability and feel for the water. Feeling the water refers to not wasting any energy due to your paddle force being out of sync with te boat speed. Ideally, your stroke rate and power profile is such as it optimally contributes to maximum forward movement. From the little testing I did, I concluded your machine might have a great potential for improving the water feel. However, developing the right exercises might take a good interation (in person) between a kayaker and you or another professional.
P.S.: If you would like to continue a more detailed discussion, please contact me directly (outside this forum)

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working on an email now.

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