Eager to launch on the water as quickly as possible, we kayakers are regular offenders when it comes to skipping warm-ups and warm-downs. Too often, it takes an injury to occur before many of us take body conditioning seriously.
In this training video, Dr. Sam (PT) of REI walks us through 8 tailored-for-kayaking exercises to increase mobility, strength, endurance and balance in the upper leg, hip, abdomen, and back. A handful of the movements will mimic certain kayak strokes. Ideally, you’ll need a resistance band to fully benefit from these exercises.
These movements are simple-to-follow and low intensity, making them a great way to ease back into paddling after some time off the water.