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Old 24-01-2011, 16:28   #16
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anyone else meditate offshore? perfect place, especially solo, I did it maybe hour and half/couple hours a day last passage across atlantic. And my my what a busy head constantly full of nonsense is sitting upon these shoulders.
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Last passage I took I lost 13 pounds in twelve days, nine of which were pretty rocky. Between the heat and the constant tensing and releasing while moving about the boat, not to mention a fair bit of grinding and furling and back again, one gets exercised.

Certainly a few blocks, some line and an anchor could be used to do weights from a well-backed hook (or the boom end?), or pull-ups done from a grab bar?

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The constant rocking of a mono means that people bodies are in constant motion. The bodies compensation of the boats movement means that Abs back thighs etc are constantly being worked. I dont know what that means for cat sailors. Perhaps they are fatter. Maybe we need a "weigh in" hehe

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In the right companionway you can do pull-ups and leg lifts. Push-ups on the foredeck if available. Lots of stretching anywhere. Leg squats about anywhere there is room to squat. You can curl filled jerry jugs.
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So far for cardio there is swimming and a stationary bike. Anything else?
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How about aerobics / jazzercise for cardio? Doesn't need much space, just an IPOD shuffle....
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So far for cardio there is swimming and a stationary bike. Anything else?
From immediate experience, hauling 2 jerry jugs of water through ice and snow to the boat is definitely cardio.
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Old 26-01-2011, 10:07   #24
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i htink i mentioned PASSION earlier, and someone in another thread mentioned inflatibles... hehehe
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Old 26-01-2011, 13:05   #25
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Folks will come off a passage fitter than when they started if on a monohull. The longer the better. Cardio work is excellent for upper body with sail handling. Lower body by resisting boat movement. People are slimmer, toned from tootsies to glutes, tummies, shoulders and arms.
As you suggested in your second post one particular set of usually unused muscles not designed by nature to ride bikes you may notice muscle wasting to make you look normal again.
That could be your problem.

sailing is like a trip to the gym but one doesnt notice the pain like in a gym
That has been our experience. After a 55 day passage we were in better shape than when we left - and Laura had just completed a triathlon five days before departure. (Learning to walk again ashore was fun though)

We do stretching but otherwise do not worry about it

The smaller the boat, the more exercise you will get, I suppose.
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we have an exercise bike on the aft deck that runs a small electric alternator,so if the crew want to watch movies they have got to pedel for a few hours,keeps fitness freaks more than happy on long trips,thinking of fitting a second one......
Here is a link to a commercial bike generator
http://www.greenenergywindturbine.co...ers_Manual.pdf
Human Power Trainer -- Windstream Power

They also sell a human power generator. I reckon I could hook it up to the winches so I could make power hauling up the sails

The bike one is said to put in between 7 - 16 amps sustainably. I should have hooked up my nephew's wind trainer when I was on land. I could have powereed the whole block, the speed at which he cycled off all that excess testosterone and energy.
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I have exercised all of my adult life, and at anchor, the diving and strolling around the island are great cardio workouts. Underway... I go for muscle training only. I use a crunch board called "6 second abs", (used to use a "Wonder Wheel"),and use very strong rubberbands with handles. These are passable for doing curls, presses, squats, and bench presses. Otherwise, we frequently go to windward, and our 34'er is quite a workout, just being there! The closer I get to 60, the harder it is to exercise, and the more the effects dwindle. Now fighting the flab is the name of the game! AHH... to be 40 again.

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pushups, pullups, crunches, flutterkicks, plank fm elbows, mountain climbers and 8 count bodybuilders all good core fitness and require minimal space and help me maintain my girlish figure.
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I was thinking of mounting a la z boy and excersizing my pulling the lever up, then down, then up , then down, then repeat... hehehehe
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