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03-06-2013 10:26 AM
downeast450
Re: Physical Fitness

I can't speak to liveaboards. I know a few and they are all physically fit. Those of us who are seasonals probably live fairly active lives when we are not aboard. It is a pursuit that requires a commitment to real physical endurance. The "off season" activities are frequently as demanding, if not more. We sail our boat and consider the time a vacation. "Wax on, wax off."

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03-05-2013 10:08 PM
LinekinBayCD
Re: Physical Fitness

I don't think the problem is the avoidance of common sailing related activities. The problem is that most sailing activities are not strenuous enough. To get into really good shape you need to do a lot more.
03-04-2013 11:43 PM
wind_magic
Re: Physical Fitness

It's a strange world we live in that cruisers will go to just about any lengths to avoid walking to the grocery store, carrying water, carrying fuel, raising a sail or anchor by hand, etc ... and then cry about not having a gym nearby so they can lift weights and walk on a treadmill.
03-04-2013 04:15 PM
ShoalFinder
Re: Physical Fitness

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
Old bike inner tubes from the dumpster behind the bike shop, make great resistance training aids. Much safer than weights, with the same effect. Imagination and innovation will build any muscle with them.
I agree.

Tubes and bands (bands have come a long way in recent years) are a staple of strength athletes today, especially for muscle conditioning where you need anaerobic stamina (Holding something under load for a long time) as well as general strength training.

You can mimic real-life strength applications with bands a lot easier than you can with free weights. There is no substitute for free weights when it comes to developing max power and size, but that isn't the OPs intended goal, so it's a moot point. You certainly aren't going to haul a Gold's Gym around in your boat.

There are some fantastic resistance bands available today. I used bike tubes for years and they still work as well as they always did, but there are some terrific options out there for a little bit of money.

Here's a link for anyone who is interested in bands: (no affiliation: picked this one because it is easy to navigate and because they offer a broad spectrum of bands)

Exercise Bands - Rubberbanditz
03-04-2013 09:08 AM
downeast450
Re: Physical Fitness

Who worries about passing a fitness test? My military opportunities went by the wayside over 40 years ago! I don't have the old 90 mph fast ball any more but I can sail well enough. If you ever see me up the mast and it looks like I am working on my fitness with aerial acrobatics Please call 911!

We are not living on our boat and I haven't given "fitness" much thought. When I turned 65 I did notice it was comfortable to move more "deliberately" when that was an option. Fitness is more about weight and pain management as I get older.

It has never occurred to me to do reps with the anchor or climb hand over hand up a halyard because I was worried about muscle mass. We row the dinghy just for the "exercise". Active sailing is an isometric workout all by itself. Climbing in and out of the engine space without a strong muscle cramp is a fitness indicator now.

I must go pack the skis and the snow shoes for a week in the mountains playing. The downriver white water canoe racing season begins the last Saturday of March. I should spend at least 10 hours in a C-1 before the first race. There is no ice in Seal Harbor. More time than that would be better but it is only a 6 mile course. That, along with X-C skiing helps keep the fly fishing muscles tuned up. We still make an AT trek or two with packs every year and then there are the Blackburn Challenge and the General Clinton (our two favorite canoe races)

This may be the year I add an ugly anchor roller to the lovely bow of our boat. It would be simpler, especially when single handing. 90' of chain and a Rocna 15 provide some stretching opportunities that I will loose if that installation takes place. Fitness again

Keeping fit! Thank goodness for the miracles of modern medicine!

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03-03-2013 09:04 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Physical Fitness

Old bike inner tubes from the dumpster behind the bike shop, make great resistance training aids. Much safer than weights, with the same effect. Imagination and innovation will build any muscle with them.
03-03-2013 05:31 PM
LinekinBayCD
Re: Physical Fitness

I'm surprised more people are not interested in weight /resistance training, for non-livaboards. Not expecting that anyone should have a set of weights on board but most cardio programs don't do a lot for upper body strength. In any case I went looking for a piece of exercise equipment I had in high school.

Exergenie

Didn't think they were still available. Was expecting to find an old one on eBay. I think they would work pretty well on a boat. Low weight and don't take a lot of room and don't weigh much. Most of the exercises are a kind of combination of an isometric an standard weight training.
03-03-2013 04:46 PM
davidpm
Re: Physical Fitness

Here are some moves for you:
Better than pull ups.

03-03-2013 04:30 PM
davidpm
Re: Physical Fitness

Quote:
Originally Posted by Heinous View Post
Military fitness tests are pretty easy these days if you are at least in half-decent shape.

As far as staying in shape while sailing, it's pretty easy to workout anywhere as I prefer bodyweight exercises. I'm still trying to figure out how to do pullups on my boat, though. Once I figure that out, I'm golden.

Off topic - @zeehag Is English not your native language, or do you deliberately try to type like a pirate? Your posts are almost unreadable.
That's easy.
Inspect the windex a couple times a day.
03-03-2013 08:12 AM
Heinous
Re: Physical Fitness

Military fitness tests are pretty easy these days if you are at least in half-decent shape.

As far as staying in shape while sailing, it's pretty easy to workout anywhere as I prefer bodyweight exercises. I'm still trying to figure out how to do pullups on my boat, though. Once I figure that out, I'm golden.

Off topic - @zeehag Is English not your native language, or do you deliberately try to type like a pirate? Your posts are almost unreadable.
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