Power to the Paddle is now in print

The long-awaited print version of Power to the Paddle: Exercises to Improve your Canoe and Kayak Paddling is now available.

Power to the Paddle Book Cover

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 Paddle will take you to the next level.

* Learn exercises to develop core stability and strength
* Develop a personal fitness program
* Maintain better posture in your boat
* Gain endurance to handle long days in the boat
* Reduce tension in your shoulders and low back
* Protect your body against common paddling injuries
* Improve your balance and agility

Praise for Power to the Paddle:

With a minimum of equipment, Power to the Paddle provides a total body workout with clear and concise instructions on how to develop the flexibility, strength and endurance for paddlers. – John Browning-ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer

As a popular speaker at Canoecopia, John always packs the room with folks wanting to learn more about how to get and stay fit for their next on-water adventure. This book is sure to be a great help to paddlers of any experience level. – Nancy Saulsbury, Rutabaga Paddlesports

The best way to get in shape for paddling is to paddle”. Reality, or an excuse to neglect off-water training?  In “Power to Paddle: Exercises to Improve your Canoe and Kayak Paddling” John presents a solid case for off-water training for everyone from the casual paddler to professionals. Not only is the case convincing, but John gives you the tools to improve your fitness for paddling and overall fitness. Solid step-by-step exercises will help develop flexibility, endurance and strength. I will be taking this book with me to the gym and in my kayak on expeditions. – Ryan Rushton, Owner, Geneva Kayak Center and ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer

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Do your feet fall asleep in your kayak?

Man, my feet are tired!

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 needles in your feet.   One of the most effective ways to release tension on the glutes and hamstrings is through use of a foam roller.

Watch the view below where I show you how a few ways to use the foam roller to help restore your body to it’s optimal level of function.


Power to the Paddle is now available on Amazon.com

Power to The PaddleI 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 enjoy your time on the water.

Click here to order the print version

Click here to download the Kindle eBook version

The concepts and exercises in this book have helped me be a better paddler and they can make a difference for you too.  The exercises in this book with help you:

  • Sit more upright in your seat
  • Reduce tension in your shoulders and low back
  • Use the power of your torso to create leverage to use less energy with each stroke
  • Have the endurance to handle long days in the boat
  • Drive through the toughest waves or whitewater
  • Protect your body against common paddling injuries
  • Improve your balance and agility (so you’ll capsize less)
  • Use force generated from your lower body to make your paddling stroke more efficient
  • Carry your boat more comfortably when portaging
  • While you’re at it, you might even lose a few pounds. And who wouldn’t mind that?

If you have a Kindle reader, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet, or any other device that can accept Kindle format books, you can get your copy today on the Amazon.com Kindle Store for only $9.99.

The print version of Power to the Paddle is available for only $14.95.

After you purchase your copy and begin to use the exercises in the book, please do me a favor and leave a review on Amazon.com to help my book climb the charts!

Happy paddling!


Resistance Band Exercise: Row, row, row your boat

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 because they provide progressive resistance.  The more you stretch them, the greater the tension placed on your body.  Combine that with their portability and you’e got one of the best pieces of exercise equipment available.

This is the first in a series of videos using resistance bands.  Today’s exercise is a band resisted row sequence where you’ll be working on the muscles of the back that are responsible for pulling something closer to your body, like a paddle.  In this video, I show you three different variations: standard row, high row, and low row.  Each row emphasizes different muscles, but don’t worry too much about which muscles are beng targeted.    As a paddler, you need muscles to work together as a team rather than focusing on isolating the function of specific muscles.  Perform each type of row individually or combine them together (one high row, one standard row, one low row, repeat).