It’s you or your gear

Posted by on March 25, 2017 at 7:49 am

Paddlers are gearheads. No question about it. We all love adding a new piece of equipment to our arsenal or a new boat to the fleet. Each fancy geegaw brings the promise of new adventures and sometimes new capabilities. Some things are truly technological advances that will help us get to places we might not […]


Don’t miss Canoecopia March 11-13

Posted by on March 9, 2016 at 8:30 pm

I’ll be speaking at this year’s Canoecopia event. Join my fun hands-on session where you’ll learn and practice functional exercises to help you paddle longer, faster, and stronger. Learn simple exercises requiring little or no equipment and targeting crucial muscles to be a better paddler, build endurance,and prevent injury. You’ll improve your outdoor experience and become […]


Balance for paddlers

Posted by on January 3, 2016 at 7:17 am

Paddling is always unstable (some say the same about many paddlers). Just getting in the boat can be a balancing act of it’s own. Once you’re in the boat you’re always mindful of your positioning to keep the hairy side up. I am not a big proponent of combining a lot of weight with balance […]


What is torso rotation?

Posted by on March 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Torso rotation is critical to paddling success.  As instructors, we talk about it all the time. But what does it really mean, what causes it to happen, and most importantly how do you train for it? Let’s start by defining where torso rotation comes from.  When most people hear “the core” in relation to their bodies, they […]


Resistance Band Exercises for Paddlers

Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Resistance bands are a great tool.  They’re portable, they don’t limit you to the indoor world, and they’re progressive, meaning the more load you place on the band the more resistance it provides to you. Today’s post will introduce you to a few of the ways you can use a resistance band to develop better […]


Power to the Paddle is now in print

Posted by on January 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

The long-awaited print version of Power to the Paddle: Exercises to Improve your Canoe and Kayak Paddling is now available. This comprehensive manual will show you more than 50 exercises to help you be a stronger, lighter, and more confident paddler. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, Power to the […]


Do your feet fall asleep in your kayak?

Posted by on August 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

I’ve had many people tell me that their feet fall asleep when they’re kayaking.  For many people, the cause of this isn’t actually at the feet, but it’s a result of tight hamstrings and glutes. If the hamstrings and glutes are overly stressed or inflamed, additional pressure is placed on the nerves causing pins and […]


Power to the Paddle is now available on Amazon.com

Posted by on March 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

I am excited to announce that my new book, “Power to the Paddle: Exercises to Improve your Canoe and Kayak Paddling“, is now available in print and digital format. Power to the Paddle is packed with fitness guidance and complete descriptions and photos of more than 50 exercises to improve your abilities and help you […]


Resistance Band Exercise: Row, row, row your boat

Posted by on December 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I’ve had a few requests recently to show exercises that can be done using a resistance band.  For those who aren’t familiar with resistance bands, they’re pieces of rubber tubing with handles on each end.  You can find them in different thicknesses which will create diffrent levels of tension.  Resistance bands are an excellent tool […]


Mobility Drills for Paddlers

Posted by on June 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

While the old school static stretching you did in 7th grade gym class still has it’s place, there’s a better way to warm up prior to paddling. Today we’re going to focus on a series of mobility drills that will warm up and loosen the muscles you use when paddling.