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Functional Dive Fitness

Discussion in 'Dive into Fitness' started by HBVetera n2312, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. HBVetera n2312

    HBVetera n2312 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Huntington Beach
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    I have seen many threads relating to dive fitness and the posts are usually from folks needing to improve. I will walk you all through my methodology for assessing a diver's fitness level, how to identify diving-specific tasks that apply to fitness, and how to improve the overall fitness level for diving.

    STEP 1
    I conduct a health assessment by reviewing any medical conditions or limitations prescribed by a licensed physician. If you have not had a physical with blood work done in the last year, I stop you there. I also take in consideration height/weight ratios, age, and current resting blood pressures.

    STEP 2
    I conduct a physical assessment to obtain a baseline for my exercise prescription. This consists of upper body strength-pulling, upper body strength-pushing, core strength, lower body strength, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory fitness. Each of these categories has a specific function in diving. The test is as follows:

    Upper Body Strength-Pulling
    Max reps pull-ups OR
    Assisted weighted pull-ups (machine) OR
    Weighted lateral pulldowns (machine)

    Upper Body Strength-Pushing
    Max reps of push-ups in 1 minute OR
    Max reps of modified push-ups (on knees) in 1 minute OR
    Max reps of elevated push-ups (hands on weight bench) in 1 minute

    Core Strength
    Max reps of situps in 1 minute OR
    Max reps of crunches in 1 minute OR
    Max time in plank position (on the hands not elbows)

    Lower Body Strength
    Max reps of air squats in 1 minute OR
    Max reps of alternating leg lunges in 1 minute OR
    Max reps of alternating step-ups on 18" box-step in 1 minute

    Flexibility
    Sit and reach test using a Cooper Institute measuring device

    Cardio-Respiratory Test
    1.5 mile run OR
    Caloric burn on 12:00 stationary bike OR
    Caloric burn on 12:00 elliptical machine

    I compare the results against a chart that is broken down into gender and age groups to determine either Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor. I now have a baseline fitness level.

    STEP 3
    Now I assess what type of activity the diver will be performing i.e.: small or large boat dive, beach dive, lake dive, type of conditions such as water temp, lighting, altitude, reef surge, kelp, type of equipment such as single tanks or multiple tanks, dry suit or wetsuit, wrecks, decompression dive or non decompression dive, and number of dives over a period of days. This allows me to choose some functional exercises that will improve on any deficient areas I identified during the fitness assessment while concurrently improving the ability of the diver to perform specific dive tasks at a comfortable level. The critical consideration for me is, can the diver perform all emergency procedures required for their specific dive profile? After that, can the diver perform minimum tasks required for the dive profile? And finally, will the diver be able to provide assistance to another diver in trouble?

    STEP 4
    This is where I can now construct a pertinent and functional exercise prescription for the individual diver. I also talk about nutrition. I am a believer in balance. You should enjoy the good stuff, but not too much. Moderation even in moderation. We all get in trouble when we go too far one way or the other. Elevated levels of cholesterol, sugars, and fat are not good for anyone despite your age. It's just that the older you get, the harder it is to counter these potential health issues. And you certainly don't want these issues arising during any time in your dive profile. I demonstrate each exercise I prescribe, emphasizing full range of motion. Most people have strong "walking around" muscles, but usually injury occurs in the connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. I rarely prescribe single-joint isolation exercises, rather multiple-joint or whole-body exercises. You can get more done in a shorter time.

    STEP 5
    Re-assess. This is done consistently at the prescribed time as each plan is different. Generally every 6 weeks, sometimes more, sometimes less. Usually by this point I have conducted enough training that the diver can self-assess and adjust accordingly. I also monitor any over-use injuries if they occur and adjust the plan if needed. Some soreness is expected but usually goes away after 2 weeks. Another thing, I stay away from scales. I want to HEAR how the diver FEELS. That's the best barometer for a fitness program.
     
  2. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace

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    I'm curious what role lighting has in altering a divers required fitness level as consideration.
     
  3. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: toronto
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    Great info. How many beers? For anything...

    Up here in the GWN most things are measured in beers.
     
  4. HBVetera n2312

    HBVetera n2312 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Huntington Beach
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    Stress. It elevates the heart rate in low to zero light, and the body's ability to control heart rate and breathing is affected. This demands greater and more efficient cardio response.
     
  5. HBVetera n2312

    HBVetera n2312 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Huntington Beach
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    As many as it takes!
     
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  6. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: toronto
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    I claim we are much more accurate:
    - is that a 2 beer drive or a 4 beer drive?
     
  7. HBVetera n2312

    HBVetera n2312 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Huntington Beach
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    3 beers Sir! Meet you in the middle
     
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  8. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: toronto
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    Moosehead?

    Cold...
     
  9. HBVetera n2312

    HBVetera n2312 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Huntington Beach
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    Roger that! Thanks for reading.
     
  10. dberry

    dberry Hydrophilic ScubaBoard Supporter

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    What range of caloric burn in 12 min is considered appropriate?
     

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