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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby andylc » Tue May 11, 2021 3:55 pm

There’s no doubt that kitesurfing exercises your lower back and abdominal muscles, so no surprise that they ache sometimes. As you get better as well as being fitter I think you also relax a lot more and are not bending knees up and fighting the kite as much, so you ache a lot less for both reasons.
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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby Eduardo » Tue May 11, 2021 4:51 pm

back in my big air days, I did have a 6 pack and was a competitive swimmer. yet, as a weekend kiter, my abs would still hurt by day 2. multi-day trips for travel were rough and after about 3 days of 5 hour sessions I'd need a rest day. the fact is, assuming you are doing a stylish board grab, you are lifting your knees with weights on your feet (the board) and with opposing G-forces on that weight as you fly through the air. Then do 100s of these in a session. That's a massive ab work out by any measure. Yes, you can get more buff, but there are limits if you can't regularly kite.
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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby matth » Wed May 12, 2021 1:58 pm

Have you tried a seat harness?? Waist harnesses put a lot of unnecessary stress on your body because of their inferior design...
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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby Kamikuza » Wed May 12, 2021 2:24 pm

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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby wedge » Wed May 12, 2021 3:30 pm

Seat Harness. Saves your lower back as well.
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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby alexeyga » Wed May 12, 2021 4:17 pm

I'd argue that the culprit isn't in your abs - rather in your butt (glutes) and core's strength in general. Perhaps - abs are overcompensating for the core not being up to the task?

I used to go over the same 5-7days of self-pity after every season's opening session - despite the fact that I'm working out regularly.

This year however - due to gyms being closed - like many - I'm stuck working out in my backyard - doing a lot more of base core stuff, running about 20 times as much as I ever had back in "gym days"... All that to say that this Spring I had the most painless season's opening session ever and I've jumped the hell out of it. Go figure...
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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby Exal » Wed May 12, 2021 5:42 pm

If you go hard and your body tells you to take it easy, you should. No shame in pumping up a smaller kite and throwing buckets instead of boosting.

Other sports also help with staying kiting fit, what I picked up last year is bouldering/climbing but I am generally in good shape all year round and if I don't warm up a bit before my first session and just go hard and crash like an idiot, my abs are also in pain the next day.
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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby knotwindy » Wed May 12, 2021 5:54 pm

To begin with, in short, start with more stretching and yoga. This explanation is going to be too long for some and too short for others so a compromise at best. Every muscle has an opposing muscle so you can get your arm back from where you put. For one muscle to fire the opposite muscle has to relax. It has fancy names like reciprocal inhibition or strain/counterstrain. The faster it can relax the less the first muscle has to work and the more protection the joints receive, as there is less comprehensive strain. In effect, stretching builds reflexes. Sort of why you are told to start with very light weights to begin with. You want to make the muscles ‘smarter’ before you try and make them ‘stronger’. Strong stupid anything is a bad idea. Just my opinion, of course. Flexibility is at least as important as power.
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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby sflinux » Wed May 12, 2021 11:04 pm

Check out Dr. Eric Goodman's foundation training.
I would suggest crosstraining. For. e.x. SUP is great for the core.
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Re: Always problems with abs

Postby Trent hink » Thu May 13, 2021 2:31 am

I could be wrong, and frequently I am, but I think kitesurfing works your abdominal muscles by the simple action of you supporting your chest and shoulders as you are leaning back against the harness.

There is a name for this type of exercise. I forget what the name is, but consider for a moment the fact that you are performing the exercise I am describing practically your entire session.

I’m not sure if I can offer any reasonable solutions, any problems I had disappeared once I decided to spend all of my spare time riding any chance I got.
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