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Is it likely to be my technique or my muscles that cause my arms and shoulders to ache so soon after I start kayaking?

Short of seeing a video of your technique, here is some general advice. A very common but poor technique in the forward stroke is where you keep your torso relatively still and repeatedly push and ...
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Tricks for dealing with fingers numb from cold

Cold numbing extremities is partly due to cold actually at the extremities, and partly the blood reaching them not being very warm. I've often seen winter runners wearing gloves and short sleeves. I'...
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Which gym workouts are beneficial for improving rock climbing skills?

There a few muscle groups that are heavily used while climbing: Lats: The side muscles of your back. Also termed as wings. Biceps. Forearms (one of the first to tire out). Calves (for most of your ...
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Which gym workouts are beneficial for improving rock climbing skills?

Ricketyship's answer gives a great outline of training the climbing specific muscles, so I would like to add several other points (especially as the question asked about antagonist training). First ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

Always remember that when you carry a backpack, it's the whole of your upper body that has to take the weight. If the weight is only on the shoulders, you will eventually end up with with a painful ...
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Tricks for dealing with fingers numb from cold

A fast method that works if you are not really cold but just have cold/clumsy fingers: Flick your hand, as if you want to shuck off a glove. This will get the blood rushing into your hand, just enough ...
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Should I do exercises for finger strength as an intermediate, heavy climber?

I'm in much the same boat as you, 180cm, 90kg. I started climbing a couple of years ago and again, most of my climbing buddies are a good 20-40kg lighter and a few cm shorter than me. Climbers are ...
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Is it likely to be my technique or my muscles that cause my arms and shoulders to ache so soon after I start kayaking?

You can train through this, but don’t miss this opportunity to use the information from your muscles to improve your technique as much as you can while your complaining arms give you the incentive. ...
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Which gym workouts are beneficial for improving rock climbing skills?

Taking a slightly different tact here, I'm going to recommend 3 exercises (or types of exercise), rows, squats and Turkish get-ups. Rows A lot of the rounded shoulder postural issues you see in ...
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What are the possible risks of exercising at high altitudes?

There is no "abnormal" risk involved with strength exercises at high altitude. What I mean by "abnormal" is, that there is nothing different about doing body-weight strength exercises compared to e.g. ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

2 weeks is not alot of time to prepare. Try to do squats and rows. And box-step-ups with a load on your back (gradually increasing). My scheme looks like this: 3 times per week I do 5 sets of 5 reps ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

Core exercises. Your abs are the bowstring to your back, if you have weak abs, you'll feel it in your back first. Wearing a heavy bag puts added stress on you back, which engages you abs, but we as ...
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What exercises can you do before Scuba Diving to improve your air consumption?

Practice and remaining calm underwater seems to be the key to reducing your gas consumption. Most new divers consume lots of gas due to the unfamiliarity of being underwater, novice skills, and the ...
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What everyday tasks can be adapted in a way that helps build muscles and technique for bouldering?

The main idea to muscle up your arms and strengthen your wrists and fingers is to make things harder when you carry things: Carry more, with one hand instead of two. Use less fingers (as you pointed ...
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Is it likely to be my technique or my muscles that cause my arms and shoulders to ache so soon after I start kayaking?

Pulling on a kayak paddle uses a lot of arms and upper back, so any exercise in the gym they utilisies those muscles will be of benfit to you. Rowing Machine Not being patronizing but this is ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

Backaches are part of life with backpacking until you have a pile of experience. Causes Compression. You are carrying more load than you are used too. This squeezes your vertebrae together. This ...
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What exercises should you do before a ski trip to build leg stamina?

When preparing for skiing, I run 3km twice a week. I repeat the following program three times: 100 step ups 50 jumping jacks Hold plank for 1 minute Wall Sit for 1 minute 30 Crunches ...
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What everyday tasks can be adapted in a way that helps build muscles and technique for bouldering?

When I started bouldering hard I would crimp and pinch everything: open doors by pinching the knobs with you finger tips; pick up things by crimping them on the edges (even if you can get a full open ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

Not going to strengthen much in two weeks. But you can get your back and shoulders used to weight and fit of the pack. I would go for as many short to long hikes as you can and would not overload ...
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Tricks for dealing with fingers numb from cold

If you exert yourself to a high level or extended duration, blood flow is restricted in muscle groups you are not using (and certain tissues/organs not involved in the activity). It is therefore that ...
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Tricks for dealing with fingers numb from cold

I like to go trail running in the mountains in southern California. Sometimes in the spring or fall it's cold, and I have problems similar to yours. The following are not really tricks, but mainly ...
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Longest range activity without needing to bend over to pick object back up

Tetherball. Basically a volleyball on a cord mounted to a pole. You can invent variations on this using different weight balls, and different mounting techniques. Paddleball is played against a ...
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Longest range activity without needing to bend over to pick object back up

So many different categories here: the rope idea leads to lasso work. If you fail to lasso what you were trying for, you just haul the rope back in. You could also do tricks like spinning a loop over ...
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Should I do exercises for finger strength as an intermediate, heavy climber?

You could try adding in a few bouldering sessions if you're mostly doing roped climbs. I find that bouldering strengthens the fingers much more than roped climbing, simply because it's higher-...
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Should I do exercises for finger strength as an intermediate, heavy climber?

My answer is going to be: depends. When I started climbing, I was in a similar height / weight bracket as you are. However, my finger strength was fairly decent for a novice. I did install and use ...
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Longest range activity without needing to bend over to pick object back up

Canoe polo (or kayak polo depending on country) Yes it's a ball sport, but there's also no walking to worry about and there's no bending over to pick up dropped balls because you're already sitting ...
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Should I do exercises for finger strength as an intermediate, heavy climber?

Everyone who has taught climbing for a while has noticed that women are better beginner climbers than men, mostly because they're lighter, have smaller hands (so can grab smaller holds more ...
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What are the possible risks of exercising at high altitudes?

Exercises actively affects the viscosity of the blood. High altitude and exercises affects amount of hematocrit in the blood. This increases the load on the heart and causes blood flow disorders. I ...
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