Richard E. Butts

Engineering, Artwork, Competition, For the Fun of It

A Leaning Design for the Paddle One®

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Project Overview

The Paddle One® machines are terrific for exercising the strength and coordination used in canoe and kayak paddling. I own an older Paddle One canoe version and the arm, torso and leg motions feel very similar to real paddling. A significant difference between the Paddle One and real paddling is the inability to lean the Paddle One. This report provides photos plus assembly and detail drawings of the leaning adaptation I made for my 2002 Paddle One and the one I made for the current Paddle One. The Paddle One in most of these photos is my older one, about 2002 vintage.

My interest in being able to lean the paddling machine comes from three sources – 1) coordinated movement of the hips, arms, legs and torso is important for balancing and steering a canoe so training the balancing skill is appropriate. 2) I have a lack of symmetry when it comes to leaning right vs. leaning left. I have no idea if my lack of leaning symmetry is any more or any less than the average person. Paddling requires symmetry and while paddling I notice my symmetry could be better. The leaning paddling machine allows me to work on discovering the joints, ligaments, motions, coordination, etc. that limit my symmetry and that gives me the opportunity to make improvements. 3) With the machine free to lean it is even more fun to use!

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