Although I kayak fish year round my time on the water significantly slows down in the colder months November through February. One question I get a lot is what do I do in my time in the winter when I'm NOT on the water. Well the answer is pretty simple. I train for the next kayak season! What do I mean I train? Well in the "off" season I'm in the gym five days a week preparing my body for next year. Here is brief breakdown of what I do.
EVERYDAY CARDIO AND CORE
Wednesday-Back and Biceps
By no means am I a body builder, or even overly strong. However I do consider myself in shape and fit. Now how does this translate to kayak fishing you may ask? Honestly it translates quite a bit. Lets start generic and just talk about upper body. How does training my upper body help? Several ways! First it helps me load the kayak! As most of you know fishing kayaks are NOT light. I've had kayaks in the 60lb range to the 100lb range. Obviously the stronger and more in shape you are the easier it will be to load these heavier kayaks. Sticking with upper body, lets talk about paddling! I'm not trying to be a "hulk" but it certainly does help with paddling stamina. The more in shape your upper body is the longer you'll be able to spend on the water. Your muscles just won't tire as easy! And if any fishes with me they know I like to spend 8 + hours on the water in the summer time.
Next lets talk about lower body or LEGS! You don't peddle a Hobie and wonder how legs go into kayaking? Easy! Ever heard the saying lift with your legs and not your back? Strong legs will certainly help you load your kayak on top of your vehicle. Also I've been known to have some long drags over rough terrain to get to some of those sweet spots of fishing. I don't want to have to stop every three seconds to take a break.
Nothing to do this off season and kayak is already hung up in the garage for the winter? Hit the gym, work out at home, stay active. Whatever fits your lifestyle, any workout is better than no workout at all. Take some of this down time and prepare yourself for longer days of fishing for next summer!