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Old 16-02-2016, 05:09   #1
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Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Hey this might sound silly, but honestly I think it makes sense. Sometimes you have a long crossing or perhaps you are at a place with no fitness facilities. Honestly I feel that resistance bands would be really nice too. So here is a simple question to some of you seasoned cruisers.

Do you think it could work to have dumbells on your boat ? (like those cheap adjustable ones where you can add small plates too) Id imagine it wouldn't be that bad, 2 dumbells that can go up to 100lbs a piece or something ?

Obviously you couldn't use them at rough seas, but you know what I mean. Has anybody tried this ? I'm familiar with the TRX suspension training and the Bands...but I was wondering about Weights.
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Dumbelles for sure....
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Weights can be very dangerous in extreme conditions, unless you have a good way to secure them well in all possible situations.

I used to bring adjustable dumbbells, now I bring Bodylastics resistance bands. For travel in checked baggage or on the boat, it just makes more sense.
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Probably not necessary on a boat with all the other things you can use to maintain muscle.

Most of you have two speed winches etc......you can just do things the hard way. Don't use a winch to raise and lower the sails until absolutely necessary

Plus, with yoga exercises you can use your body to make things hard.

Also, you can do pullups off the boom or just jump overboard and reenter the boat the hard way. I use the stern railing to pull myself up.

Then there's hiking with a pack once you reach your destination. I have a kayak rather than a dinghy which I unload manually then row wherever I want to go. It's a great workout.

My 16'6" kayak is a folding kayak which you can disassemble and store below if you need to.

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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Use a sea bag filled with water.A 40 liter bag will give you all the weight you need.Soft on the deck and furniture. Empty it when done.
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

Really not needed. You don't need weights to work out and develop serious strength. Simple techniques using your own weight as resistance. Stopped weights years ago when I started boxing and learned how to work out with minimal equipment. Quick google and you will find a wealth of info.
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Being an old bugga I remember (still use) Charles Atlas's dynamic tension exercise's.. see no point in pointless overloads.
Just imagine one is in a multi gym and go through the movements.
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I've seen many boats with dumbells on board. Usually operating the boat.
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

TRX suspension system is your best bet. It only weighs about 2 lbs and you can get a complete body workout. Every movement is for functional strength which is what you will need.
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Re: Dumbells & Barbells on a boat ?

How about throwing your anchor overboard and pulling it up a couple of times a day. Of course you would have to leave the dock to do that.
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