I have no idea what the best way is to keep fit for sailing. Heck, there are an awful lot of fat sailors so I'm not even sure it's important. Pull on a few halyards, grind a few winches, jump out of the way when a wave washes over the gimballed yoga platform, that's about all you need for a day of sailing.
Tillerman and his Laser cohorts have their hiking benches. America's Cup grinders have their steroids. What about the average day-sailor? What do we need? How should we stay fit?
I'm thinking burpees. For the sole reason that I want to say "burpee" in a civilized conversation every once in a while. And it sounds absolutely exhausting.
A good friend and loyal blog reader, Brendhan, apparently does a fitness routine of an 800 meter run followed by 5 repetitions of 50 jumpropes and 15 burpees. I can't do that. I'd pass out by the third burpee and I jump too high to do that many jumpropes.
But the burpee part is interesting because it fits into a cockpit. I think you can do the whole thing while sailing if you have a good autopilot. Here are the steps to a burpee:
1. Start in a push up position.
2. Quickly jump feet forward to a squatting position, like in a squat thrust.
3. Jump high into the air, bringing your knees up to your chest.
4. Land with feet together, on the balls of your feet..
5. Drop back to a squat.
6. Jump feet back to position #1.
7. Repeat many times.
Other than risking your parts in a collision with the tiller and/or having the owner's stateroom under the cockpit, this is a foolproof way to stay fit and stay awake on those long middle of the night watches. I'll arrive in Hawaii in better shape than when I left. And if I make enough noise doing this, maybe I'll be voted off the middle of the night watches. Brilliant. And fit. That's me.