This is to say that by training on the ERG it has proven itself as a super tool to train with. This year I competed in 7 races and my boat has come in first place, in class, all 7 races. I broke the South Dakota Kayak challenge record by 1hr and 16 min. I also came in first in solo at the MR340 which only proves the effect of training on the ERG in the winter months. By training this way I can come into racing season injury free and of sound body.
At the Forge (the gym in my basement in Rochester, NY) I use both a paddling machine and a kayak machine by PaddleOne in my workouts all winter long. Several days a week, we have a one hour cardio/medley workout which consists of 5-10 minute bursts on various pieces of equipment. including both PaddleOne machines, a Concept2 Rower, a Schwinn Airdyne, jump rope, speed bag, sliding board, etc. In Forge Racing, members range in height from 5’3” to 6’4”, the easy change foot brace on the PaddleOne Machines makes it a snap to go from one exercise to another.
As a technique trainer, the PaddleOne is unsurpassed. By placing it in front of a mirror, you have immediate feedback about such stroke essentials as posture, torso use, hand and arm alignment, etc. Being indoors eliminates the variables of wind, water, tippiness and boat movement so you can concentrate on proper technique. I have owned several PaddleOne Machines in the past, and these new machines by Mario Blackburn are the best, smooth, easy to adjust, and a joy to use. The large rollers that the Kevlar ropes glide through allow for a smoother stroke and longer rope life.
If you really want to perfect your stroke for next season, get a PaddleOne now, get in front of a mirror and get some good videos of stoked you want to emulate and get going!
If you are serious about training for a paddlesport – get a PaddleOne now! All the models are well built and carefully engineered.
The PaddleOne is extremely versatile-it can be used to warm up before your gym workout, incorporate it into your workout, speed work, and don’t forget technique work!
Versatile, affordable, compact and easily moved – PaddleOne checks all the boxes!
Western Mass Paddlers
Having been fit my whole life, when I came down with a chronic illness that prevented me from staying fit and active, I was devastated. I had been a competitor in combative sports (kickboxing, MMA, wrestling, Jiu Jitsu) since I was a child. I have competed on the international stage and for two Canadian universities. I was known as the cardio guy on my teams. I wasn’t the most technical, but I lasted the longest.
In 2018, my cardio stopped being my strongest attribute. At wrestling practices, I no longer could keep up with my teammates. My body started to go weak, I would become light headed, my knees would give out, and would have to stop. After several visits with my doctor we determined I had some kidney issues. He recommended I start doing another sport until my health recovered.
Another sport!? Combative sports had been my life since childhood! I had recently got into white water paddling, but making that my new sport? How!? I couldn’t go paddling every morning. What, was I going to store a boat in my 900 square foot apartment and drag it up and down to the tiny pond near my house each morning? No, this couldn’t be the sport that would be my saving grace.
Then I discovered PaddleOne and marathon paddling. PaddleOne machines to me, were basically a treadmill for paddling. I had never heard of this type of machine, so I ordered a PaddleOne C, put it together, and started “paddling” every morning (no dragging or storing of boat required). Like going for a jog, it became my daily routine. Wake up, paddle, eat, shower, work, sleep, and repeat. I like routine, and PaddleOne gave me the physical activity routine I needed to feel like myself.
Being a cardio machine and then falling from grace can be a big hit to the ego. That was another bonus of the PaddleOne; I was able to do it at home. No one saw me struggle the first few weeks to last a half hour paddling on the machine. I was at home doing my thing and building muscle strength and my cardio. Thanks to PaddleOne I am now back to wrestling twice a week and making it through the practices.
Health problems can strip us of who we are, leaving us feeling empty. The PaddleOne C has allowed me to feel like the man I have known most of my life and I am grateful to PaddleOne for helping me find myself.
The Paddle One indisputably the exercise machine that reproduce the paddling technique best. It is easy to use and to maintain. The Paddle One enables you to improve your technique and reach your goals!