“Kayaks are like golf clubs. There’s a purpose for each one.”
In Part 2 of this series, CrossFitter and pro kayaker Brad Ludden talks more about his “job,” detailing the finer points of a sport that can be as dangerous as it can be exhilarating.
While it might not be instantly apparent why squatting and Olympic lifts benefit a guy who pilots a kayak through a vicious set of rapids, Ludden is certain CrossFit training has made him better at his sport. Beyond physical training, Ludden has also embraced a new diet, and he’s found it made a huge difference in his life.
Ludden is the driving force behind First Descents, a non-profit group that uses kayaking and outdoor sports to improve the lives of people with cancer.
Additional reading: Parkour Basics: A Compendium by Jesse Woody, published Nov. 1, 2006.