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Old 17-02-2016, 08:11   #46
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

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I agree but as we get older we need resistance training too. That's weight lifting. Its not for heart but muscle.

Great article: You're Never Too Old to Start Weight Training


Medical research: The Intensity and Effects of Strength Training in the Elderly

From the research paper:

You can't do that with coke bottles full of water!
You actually have to do a little of everything.

The weight lifting can get boring though especially after 40 years of it.

As others have said, you can do so much without the weights.

For upper body, back hand and forward hand pullups are a great workout. Then add pushups.

You can also drop the anchor and do curls with it holding the rode.......one arm at a time

Then you can do squats and if you want weight grab your spare anchor!
Climb the mast to the first spreader etc

You can also do mountain climbers on deck.


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Old 17-02-2016, 09:21   #47
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Some years back I'd managed to get myself into quite a state. Years of failed low-fat, low-calorie diets, and endless hours of moderate-intensity cardio had pretty much ruined me. I couldn't run, I couldn't even walk for more than a couple of hundred yards, without chronic back pain forcing me to stop.

Two things changed things for me, Gary Taube;s book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, and Arthur Boorman's Never, Ever Give Up video:



So I started a low-carb, high fat diet, and ordered Diamond Dallas Page's DDP Yoga videos.

I lost something like 70 pounds in nine months. My back pain went away almost instantly. After that first year, I pretty much gave up on the yoga - I'm currently doing weight training to keep in shape. (I occasionally do cycles of HIIT sprints - I'm never going to jog, again.)

But, and it's a big but, doing yoga that first year did me a whole lot of good, and it's something that I will always fall back to, when I'm in circumstances where I cannot get to the gym.
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Old 17-02-2016, 14:03   #48
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

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I have a set of dumbbells in the boat.

Regular boat chores are tiring and a great workout, but they don't actually build muscle in the sense of having a good looking body.

You need actual weights, and heavy ones, for that.

The pitch and roll of the boat makes the workout much more difficult than on land.
Guess you are too young to remember Charles Atlas and Dynamic Tension
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I have this book called "convict conditioning" its a really great book about how people built strength/muscle with just body weight. I wanted weights just as a supplement. ...i love to change exercises up.

Kayaking as a dingy....that sounds like 1 hell of a workout. Im trying to research about a pedal battery generator for my Bavaria 44 now lol. If anyone knows a sailer with this mounted. ..i think its a great idea.
There's a thread here about that
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Great thread.

A buddy of mine wants is a serious weight lifter, (500 lb. squat), so we got into this conversation the other night if he ever wanted to do a passage. His answer was 1 single 150 pound and two 60 pound kettle bells. I liked that they look easier to strap down than other weights.

I also suggested that a two cubic foot bag tossed over the stern while underway would create more than enough resistance in both extension and contraction (the water alone would be 130 pounds). Two bags slung form the ends or a rope over shoulders would be almost 260 and with the movement of the boat a great workout. The real benefit in my view was that if he drops a bag full of water, its unlikely to damage anyhing.

Great ideas though. I'll be checking out the Seal workout especially.
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

I have one of these on the boat
http://www.ironedge.com.au/aqua-bag-small-red
I use it for squat thruster type compound movement ( multiple joint movement).
Not as much as I should.


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Check out Matt Fury and his book Combat Fitness. It is entirely body weight based. I found him a few years ago. I have been traveling all around the world for work the last few years and long ago I found that it is better to travel light. If you feel the need to exercise above and beyond boat work the methods he advocates are perfect. No storage, no extra space, just you and your deck or cabin sole.
I have also been reading a lot about the fitness techniques of the British prison inmate Charles Bronson. He spent the better part of 30 years in one kind of solitary confinement or the other. But he is cut out of ****ing wood. He is in his 60's and still spends hours a day simply using the resistance of his bodyweight to keep in shape. They made a movie about him called Bronson, staring Tom Hardy, that is fantastic. The guy is an animal, but he kept himself in shape his entire life in a 9x9 room with no exercise equipment.
I see no reason for a normal person to bring exercise equipment onto a boat.
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Great thread.

A buddy of mine wants is a serious weight lifter, (500 lb. squat), so we got into this conversation the other night if he ever wanted to do a passage. His answer was 1 single 150 pound and two 60 pound kettle bells. I liked that they look easier to strap down than other weights.
That proves if you want to be a body builder, do not become a sailor especially a cruiser.

As far as I can tell, cruising is a marathon and not to many body builders enter marathons.

They simply don't have the body for it.
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I have a Kettle Bell on board- its adjustable to 25 kg and sits secure on deck.


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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Lots of great ideas for body building/strength conditioning/etc., but what about aerobic fitness while on passage. Sure, at anchorage/marina can paddle, swim, bike, hike, run or whatever, but what about on passage for the legs? I've seen these small stepper machines - anyone tried them? Or perhaps mounting a stationary bike or bike in a trainer? Thoughts?
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