Land-based Arm Exercises for Windsurfers?

Land-based Arm Exercises for Windsurfers?

Post by Bob Qui » Mon, 01 Aug 1994 20:14:51


Quote:

>  My arms just get awfully tired after less than one hour of
>  windsurfing.

>  The arm fatigue hampers my sail handling and sometimes even
>  my ability to balance the board about its roll axis.

>  Yes, yes, I know a harness would help.  So would falling less
>  often (and therefore uphauling the sail less often).

I started sailing windsurfers before harnesses existed, back in
1978, when they had (an)teak booms.  As I remember, "high-wind
daggerboards" didn't appear until harnesses were invented.  That
says something.

I can remember the dire fear I felt when I first hooked into a
harness.  This fear was realized when I got sling-shot into the
sail.  Anybody ever calculate the velocity of a body by the time
it hits a sail in one of those sling shots?  There's some serious
acceleration going on there, so it can HURT.  No doubt about it,
harnesses are scary.  But man-o-man are they useful.

Eventually I learned.  The early harnesses were chest harnesses,
so I learned to consciously get lower (bend my knees and get
DOWN) as a gust started to hit.  I also learned to (at least try
to) reach down and unhook as I was sling-shot (a controlled launch
is a gas).

So what's the point?  The point is that the only thing to do is
get into a harness.  There is a *WORLD* of difference.  Put your
weight to use, instead of abusing your muscles.

Quote:
>  -------------------------------------------------------------
>    Can anyone name one or more land-based exercises that
>  would improve arm strength and endurance for windsurfing?
>  -------------------------------------------------------------

Forget about special exercises.  Get a harness and you'll
get an all over work out sailing.  After a good (long) day of
sailing every single muscle in your body will be worked, but
not strained.  It's a great feeling.

bq
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Land-based Arm Exercises for Windsurfers?

Post by Jonathan M Richards » Wed, 03 Aug 1994 22:53:19

: -------------------------------------------------------------
:   Can anyone name one or more land-based exercises that
: would improve arm strength and endurance for windsurfing?
: -------------------------------------------------------------

On old Universal Gym equipment there is a hand and wrist exercizer
that is perfect. It has one part that you squeeze and one part that
you rotate. A few minutes of that every day really improves your grip.
I feel that the wrist roration is even more important than the
grip-type exercisers. You can get a wrist rotation exerciser at many
sports shops.

-Jonathan.

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Land-based Arm Exercises for Windsurfers?

Post by Paul Billing » Fri, 05 Aug 1994 18:04:26


writes:

Quote:
> My arms just get awfully tired after less than one hour of
> windsurfing.
> Yes, yes, I know a harness would help.     So would falling less
> often (and therefore uphauling the sail less often).

The harness will help more than you think.  I sail 5.0 winds for about 6 hours
regularly--have to stop since it gets dark :-(  A properly adjusted set of
harness lines allows you to not really use your arms at all.  The sail sheets
in by itself (well, you adjust things with your hips).  A harness also goes a
long way to improve sailing posture.

Second bit of advise: learn to waterstart.  Uphauling that sail is just plain
HARD WORK!  Once you learn, a waterstart is quick and doesn't take nearly as
much effort.

However, as far as exercises, pull-ups putting the bar behind your head will
help.  Crushing a tennis ball will help gripping strength.
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Land-based Arm Exercises for Windsurfers?

Post by Tom von Alt » Sat, 06 Aug 1994 05:31:07

In rec.windsurfing, Paul Billings writes:
: A properly adjusted set of
: harness lines allows you to not really use your arms at all.

Especially if the wind is steady.  Ok, all you sailors out there who don't
really use your arms at all, raise your hands.

wouldn't that be nice...
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Land-based Arm Exercises for Windsurfers?

Post by Bob Qui » Sat, 06 Aug 1994 20:12:39


Quote:
>  In rec.windsurfing, Paul Billings writes:
>  : A properly adjusted set of
>  : harness lines allows you to not really use your arms at all.

>  Especially if the wind is steady.  Ok, all you sailors out there who don't
>  really use your arms at all, raise your hands.

In even the strongest winds, if my harness lines are
properly adjusted, then sailing with one hand (keeping
the forward hand on the booms) is not a problem.  I do
this regularly to cool off the other hand by dragging
it in the water ....or just cuz the view looking back
at the wake and spray from my dragging hand is neat.

In heavy chop, it's a little tricky.  I drag ***for
fun in that case (taking off the tops of chops with grand
splashes).

bq
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Land-based Arm Exercises for Windsurfers?

Post by Chris Harr » Sat, 13 Aug 1994 19:37:02

|> In rec.windsurfing, Paul Billings writes:
|> : A properly adjusted set of
|> : harness lines allows you to not really use your arms at all.
|>
|> Especially if the wind is steady.  Ok, all you sailors out there who don't
|> really use your arms at all, raise your hands.
|>

I've even perfected the art of staying in the harness whilst carve gybing and
waterstarting and so never get tired arms ;-)

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