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altI'll put more information up later, but to keep it simple for now, here are a few sessions. I have put one session in for, as I understand it, training in the lactic zone, aerobic zone and for training speed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Lactic zone sessions
  2. 'VO2max' session
  3. Aerobic zone sessions
  4. Speed session

 

Lactic zone sessions [Back to top]

This should help build your tolerance to lactic acid, as I understand it, so you can work harder for longer. Encourage your team mates! It makes a lot of difference getting a bit of encouragement, it's all about trying as hard as you can and not letting yourself give up. It's advised that you should build your aerobic fitness a bit before you try these sessions so that you can get the most out of them.

Lactic pyramid shuttle [Back to top]

Lactic shuttle

This one is best done in groups of four.

Find two markers around 30m apart. Everyone starts at one marker, facing away from the other marker. The first player turns 180o from stationary, sprints flat out to the finish and turn 180o to face the start again. When this player is facing the start, the next player goes. This continues until everyone has paddled one length in this way three times. The next set in the diagram is then done, with each player paddling two lengths with 180o turns at every end, starting off when the paddler before has completed one length and is about to start their second. This continues until everyone has paddled two lengths in this way three times. Same again, but with the third set on the diagram, so three sets of three lengths with 180o turns at every end, starting when the player in front has finished their first length. This continues until everyone has paddled three lengths in this way three times, then you go back down the sets in the same way, ie three sets of two, three sets of one, finish.

This will result in increasing effort and reducing rest on the way up the sets, and the reverse on the way down. You get the pyramid idea.

The Palermo [Back to top]

Palermo
This should be completed paddling as fast as you can. Dotted lines represent slow paddling. You think this diagram is confusing? Try the next one.

Find two points approximately 20m apart.
Start with a sprint, turn and paddle back slowly.
Turn and complete two sprints, turn and paddle back slowly.
Turn and complete three sprints, turn and paddle back slowly.
Turn and complete two sprints, turn and paddle back slowly.
Turn and complete one sprint and finish.

This is one set, you should be looking to do at least four. Have a minute rest between each set.

The Hammond [Back to top]

Hammond
This should be completed paddling as fast as you can. This is a very confusing drawing, but I thought I'd have a go! The text should explain it better.

Find two points approximately 20m apart. Each set is four lengths, paddle as fast as you can through out the exercise.

Start with a flat sprint from one end to the other, turn.
Sprint back with a 360o turn halfway, turn.
Sprint back with two 360o turns (one turn on each side), don't turn.
Backwards sprint halfway, do a 180o turn and finish the length going forward.

This is one set, you should be looking to do five. Have a forty second rest between each set.


'VO2 max.' session [Back to top]

I think the idea of this session is to train the level of effort where your body is using oxygen at the maximum rate that it can supply it.

4mins on 4mins off [Back to top]

Paddle as hard as you can for 4 minutes, either on a course you've devised, or just straight line. Rest for four minutes. Do this four times, or five if you can just about manage it. If you can do more, you're probably not trying hard enough.

Aerobic zone session [Back to top]

The idea of this is to build your aerobic fitness, which as far as I understand is the ability of the body to keep supplying your muscles with oxygen so that they can burn food without the build up of lactic acid. There are places where you can find information on calculating your heart rate in the aerobic zone, but as a guide you should be breathing fairly heavily and paddling at a level of efffort that you can sustain for the length of the session.

Paddle out [Back to top]

It's just a flat paddle for 40 minutes. Either four lots of ten minutes with a minute between each, or a straight 40 minutes. Keep it going, try and get into a rhythm, keep an eye on your posture and technique in general.

Speed Session [Back to top]

Sprint speed shuttle [Back to top]

This works best with groups of around eight. Find two markers a distance apart that takes around 15s to complete at a flat out sprint. The first player sprints to the end, then when they are finished the next starts and so on until everyone is at the end, chat for a few seconds. Then the first player starts this again, paddling back to the start. This is repeated 15 times. If you have fewer people, this should be arranged so that there is around 2 minutes of rest between each sprint!

Really concentrate on getting away quickly and keeping good powerful technique up all the way through.

Originally posted on warwickcanoe.co.uk


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