10 January 2008

Sailing Fitness

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.


Zen said...

Since I have written a whole dissertation on this before I will not go into details and repeat. Also since there is not enough time for you to become one of my students and really learn something worthwhile. I will say only that yoga is a good path. Look at Reid, helps that old fart keep sailing and up with his sweet young thang... unless you pulling our sheets.

EVK4 said...

Is this what it's come to? A couple of posts on a fake olympic campaign and a few more about my fear of gigantic sea serpents and nobody believes me any more? Et tu Zen?

Zen said...

THE olympic campaign was FAKE !!! OMG!! Next thing you'll say is there is no Easter Bunny and Reid & Sonia are not really sailing circles & hearts in the Ocean! Also the Mantis (of which I never got a picture) like the T-man's custom made duct tape cup holder prize was a joke!

This is certainly a cruel world!

Anonymous said...

Now you're spreading the bad information around the world. Those are CHICK burpees. After you've kicked your feet out, do a pushup. Then pull your feet in and then jump up.

Enlightenment lies here:

Anonymous said...

All you need is a 30 pack of Budwieser, and your biceps will be in perfect shape for an assault on the Laser gold

WeSailFurther said...

we called these 8-count body builders in the Navy and I still wake up with cold sweats and my company commander's voice ringing in my ear, "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8! 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8!"

I think there were jumping jacks in there too, somewhere. But time has made all the pain blur into one painful workout.

Anyway, thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

I've got one of these,


though I don't use it as often as I should.

PeconicPuffin said...

All the skill, experience and know-how are wonderful, but if your body isn't able to execute with subtlety, well, then you're just approximate.

Intelligence minus strength equal slop.

(that's awfully boring . I should drink more...work the biceps)

Pat said...

Now how about a video of someone doing burpees in a cockpit ... while wearing a harness with a short tether to a cockpit floor padeye. That should be interesting.

allkindsofsunglasses.com said...

I used to do burpees when I was working out, they are awesome