Coach Chris Chapman, MSc., CSCS, CSEP-CEP
Paddle Strength and Power Coach
I was never the most talented athlete so from an early age I had to learn to work hard to keep up. From this, I garnered a love of the training process and the gym became my happy place. Combining this with my love of the great outdoors and an endless pursuit of understanding the human machine, I have built a niche improving physical and physiological qualities of adventure and action-sport athletes, primarily focussing on paddlers.
Having spent the last two Olympic cycles as the strength coach for CanoeKayak Canada, I have supported some of the best flatwater paddlers on the planet in reaching the podium at world cups, world championships and Olympic games. I have spent the last 8 years perfecting a model of dryland training for endurance athletes.
Being more than just a strength coach, I have been academically trained and have practiced as a physiologist, athletic therapist, kinanthropometrist and biomechanist. This gives me a wide scope of practice and knowledge base to draw upon in order to help my athletes achieve their goals. I believe the primary goals of dryland training are to minimize injury risk, increase the tolerance and capacity of the body to handle the demands of training (and life), and both combined will allow any individual to perform at their best when it matters. I employ the Japanese philosophy of “Kaizen”, always focussing on continuous improvement regardless of where you are at this moment in time.
Growing up in Kingston I spent a lot of time paddling both canoes and kayaks in the beautiful flatwater lakes and whitewater rivers of Eastern Ontario. Now residing in Toronto, most of my time these days is spent playing in the Great Lakes. When not in a boat you will find me on a mountain bike, locked into some skis, or climbing a rock wall, enjoying all the seasons and activities nature has to offer.
—Coach Chris Chapman
Members on the All-Access plan will receive weekly, paddle-specific dry-land training plans from Paddle Strength and Power Coach Chris Chapman, included in their plan.
Coach Chris Chapman will prepare weekly land-based strength and power plans for the novice, intermediate, advanced and elite paddlers with options for both gym and non-gym/home training. We will have video demonstrations of the exercises in the video library and linked to the weekly plans. Members can then ask Coach Chris questions on the forum and share their experiences with the training community.
All Paddlers Welcome
Here are some videos on Strength and Power from Coach Chris Chapman: