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Old 16-02-2016, 09:36   #16
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

My wife had been a very serious body builder for 15-years when we left Seattle in 2000 for an extended cruise. We equipped our Caliber 40 with a 52" steel weight bar and 150 pounds of classic iron weights . We also had a set of dumbbells with 50 pounds of plastic covered weights. She used those weights at sea all down the coast to Cabo San Lucas (2,000 miles and a 18-months). She then used the weights on a regular basis while we wandered around the Sea of Cortez for another couple years.

We had a set of 18" square exercise pads, the kind with interlocking fingers, that were cut to fill the entire salon cabin. It only took about 2-minutes to setup the salon for exercise. I built a simple mounting rack under one of the settees for the weights and bars. It was very secure and we never had a problem with it during any of our multiple 40+ knot, 10'+ sea adventures.

Arlene could do her weight lifting in the cabin in seas up to about 4' as long as the period was not too short. She said it gave her a better workout as she had to counter the dynamics of the pitching and rolling.

Only a dedicated body builder (not me 'cause my weight lifting is a cold beer from table to lips) can appreciate the need to workout at sea. But, she looked fantastic in a tiny bikini and I had no worries about the anchor if the windlass failed.
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Old 16-02-2016, 10:07   #17
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Turn off your autopilot and go solo sailing for day, drop anchor and spend the night, scrub your boat down, cook supper, have a drink, weigh anchor, sail solo without your autopilot the next day, return to port, clean your boat, buy you a mast climbing rig where you haul yourself up the mast, inspect your mast and rigging, mix a couple of drinks, cook supper and then rest for two days. or go back sailing with your autopilot and rest for a couple of days. Then find you a new anchorage and do it all again next week. Things will get in shape real fast. I made a 6 day solo sail with no autopilot and it took me a week to recover. Lost six pounds made a photo journal. If you want to work out you can do 5 gallon diesel jerry can curls.
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Old 16-02-2016, 10:30   #18
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As a personal trainer, I would suggest a body weight approach. See "You are your own gym" by Mark Lauren .... Based on Seal's training approaches
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Buy two good zinc buckets. Add 30-50' of 1/4 chain as a string to each bucket.


Now, hold onto the chains and throw the bucket aft off the stern. Practice pulling them in towards you while under way at varying speeds.


I think you'll find that with the right size buckets, you will need very strong arms to haul them back in toward the boat. Especially if moving at any decent speed.


And of course, every boat already has, or needs, buckets.
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Old 16-02-2016, 11:27   #20
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I have dumbells on my cat...and happy that they are there. I use my cockpit table or seats as benches. I find that I use them the most, on calm, long passages. A great time to workout.
I also have a TRX from my mast. TRX workouts are hard enough, but with some slightly rolling seas, it now also encompasses balance. Plenty of room on the forward deck.
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Old 16-02-2016, 11:42   #21
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

You can also use plastic containers that you fill with sea water on location for curls and bench press.

My friend used to use a long bar that he would put 2 plastic millk gallons on each end filled with water. He would bench, curl, do squats, etc with this set-up.
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Get some knee pads, a stiff hand brush, some liquid cleaner and a bucket. Get on your knees and start scrubbing your deck by hand, occasionally bringing up a bucket or two of sea water to wash off the suds. When done with the whole deck - rinse and repeat. After a few weeks of this not only your deck will sparkle but the question of which equipment to use for your exercise will become moot.
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My wife and I are avid sailors and exercises. We have PowerBlocks on our boat; selectorized, square dumb bells that range from 5 to 50 lbs. safe & compact.
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

1. Triceps, on the solid rail
2. Torso, shoulders, lateral abs, with a 1gallon plastic can filled of water, or sand. For byceps too...
3. Abs, upon a gym pad in the lazarette. And on the bench, for bycicle or scissors movements
4. Lats, back, holding on handlers and pulling up and down in the companionway
5. Chest, face down in the lazarette
6. I miss a bar to hook into the boom for pulling up on front or back
7. In water, I pull myself up on a big rope, it is great

Dumbells¿ use fixed ones, soft covered, and stove carefully
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row your dinghy.
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How about an exercise bike and you could charge your batteries too..! 🤓
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

I find using 12 oz. beer cans work very well, member to alternate arms.
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Hey this might sound silly, but honestly I think it makes sense.
I don't feel it is a silly question at all, but I'm sure sure there will lots of silly answers.
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

My boat IS my gym:
1- all chain rode with a manual windlass and frequent anchoring
2- Manually raised sails, only laid on the winch for the last tightening
2- No winches for raising dinghy on davits
3- manual lowering and mounting and raising outboard
4- no system for flaking and packing main and mizzen
5- no power sheet winches
6- kayaks manually hoisted & deployed
7- rarely hired labor for boat maintenance
8- bicycles carried out from below & into the dinghy for shore transport
9- backpacking groceries and laundry
10- All this and play, swim, row, sail....
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Wow thanks for some great information yall. I was realky inspired by the guy who even built a rack under the table for his wife.

The bicycle that powers battery bank sounds ingenious. Has anybody tried this set up ? Id imagine the pedals would best be installed at the cockpit.
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