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Power to the Paddle: : Exercises to Improve your Canoe and Kayak Paddling Paperback – March 7, 2013
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John Chase is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and ACA certified kayak instructor. John has taught hundreds of personal training clients to use their bodies more efficiently and lead healthier, more productive lives. As a paddling instructor, John has been commended for leading safe, fun, and effective programs.
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What the book does teach is how to condition and maintain the engine propelling the kayak: YOU.
I had been doing upper body strength training using exercises found on the Internet, as well as getting on the treadmill every day to improve cardio. But I was missing out on flexibility, mobility and core training. These are all covered in the book in detail.
There's a great section on building a personal strength training program using the exercises presented in the book. I had never paid attention to sets and reps or how they can be used for maintaining endurance or building strength. "Power to the Paddle" explains that quite nicely.
I purchased the book August 7, created a personal program using the book as my guide, and have followed it. Not only have I become a stronger paddler, but the exercises have paid off in other respects. An example: I had five cord of wood delivered, which needed to be moved and stacked. Not only did I get the job done in one day, but I wasn't even tired at the end of the day and had no sore muscles the next morning. Last year that chore took two days plus a couple of ibuprofen.
The most awesome part of the book for me personally was the section on self-myofascial release. It was a rare paddling trip when I did not develop calf cramps at some point. A very challenging and painful experience when you're in a sit-in kayak. The Kindle version of "Power to the Paddler" has a direct link to a video which shows how to use a foam roller. I purchased a roller and started using it daily. Eureka! It works and I've not had a leg cramp since. Thank you, John Chase!
I happily recommend this book not only for paddlers, but for anyone who wants to be stronger and more balanced in any activity.