A kayak exercise machine that accurately reproduces the forces and motions of a real kayak was designed and built. Kayaking is an increasingly popular sport and both enthusiasts and amateurs need a way to train during the off season. There are very few kayak exercise machines that are commercially available and those that exist are oversized, expensive, complicated and do not work all of the correct muscle groups required for kayaking. They are not designed for high volume use, such as in a gym setting, or compact enough for the home environment. The approach for the design was to simulate the basic paddling motion, as well as the motions and forces the kayak encounters from water resistance. Rotation of the torso and water resistance is simulated through the use of a two part frame design, a lower stationary frame and an upper rotating frame. The energy absorption mechanism is from a Concept II (TM) rowing machine and is an accepted form of energy absorption in watercraft exercise machines.
kayak exercise machine, kayaking
Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Cautino, Stefan; Cohen, Geoffrey; Colella, Jason; Wilson, Alex; and Zankowsky, Dave, "Biomechanics: Kayak Exercise Machine" (2008). Capstone Design Program: Mechanical Engineering. Paper 13. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d10012965
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