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Using music during a workout can truly assist your motivation to push harder during a kayak workout. It will not make the workout any easier, but you'll enjoy the experience more. Paddlers must take great care to protect any electronics from water damage.

The science behind it all is not fully understood.The research overlaps numerous disciplines, from physiology to biomechanics to neurology. It would appear the crux of it's effectiveness focuses on the distraction music provides. The body suddenly is free to do what it does without interference from the brain. Christopher Mesagno - University of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia; author of a study featured in Applied Sport Psychology; is quoted : “The music was occupying attention that might have been misdirected otherwise.” Music has a dual ability; creating a psychological effect and a physiological impact. The intertwined interactions between body, brain and music are complex.

Of course everything has it's limits. At an intense level of exercise the impact from the music no longer matters. It's just hard, grueling work, and the brain/body knows it . During moderate exercise the music offers a diversion from the sensation of fatigue. Neurobiology professor , Nina Kraus studies the effects of music on the nervous system. She claims humans tune in to the beat of music, attempting to synchronize to the music.

My mp3 player has a "kayak training mix" of Jeff Beck, Sepultura, Korn, Prong, Rage Against the Machine, Danzig, Deftones, Nailbomb, KMFDM, GodFlesh, Ministry, Rob Halford, Henry Rollins, Tool, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Body Count, L7, White Zombie, Die Krupps, Corrosion of Conformity, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Deo, Megadeth, Biohazard, Anthrax, ProPain, Primus, Kyuss, Metallica, Nitzer Ebb, Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, and plenty, plenty others. I'm a multi-faceted human being and this list represents only one side of my personality. Everybody likes something different and that's what makes the world interesting.

The drugery of work is captured well by an extremely well-known traditional Russian song known the world over in a variety of different versions. It is a genuine shanty sung by burlaks, or barge-haulers, on the Volga River. The "Song of the Volga Boatmen"

Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!
Once more, once again, still once more
Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!
Once more, once again, still once more

Now we fell the stout birch tree,
Now we pull hard: one, two, three.
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Now we pull hard: one, two, three.

As the barges float along,
To the sun we sing our song.
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
To the sun we sing our song.

Hey, hey, let's heave a-long the way
to the sun we sing our song
Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!
Once more, once again, still once more

Volga, Volga our pride,
Mighty stream so deep and wide.
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Volga, Volga you're our pride.

Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!
Once more, once again, still once more
Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!

Man the paddles for today we explore !

DJ throw us a beat !

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