- Some abs
- Some delts
- Preferably your own, and functioning on your own body
- One river
- Several miles of Olympic-level, upper Class IV rapids
- A flimsy inflatable rubber boat
- Assorted paddles and other such gear, to taste
- Place body into boat
- Place boat in river
- Travel down river
- Get crap beat out of you by turbulent water
- Beat water viciously with paddle until it stops threatening to eat you
Serves 1-6 (depending on capacity of boat). Best served on warm days. Effects guaranteed to last for at least a day or two.
Despite the fact that it's hard to sit up, that was the most fun I've had in a long time. It's a brutal workout and thoroughly exhausting, but well worth it. Halfway through the course the other boat in our group lost everybody and most of their paddles, so I gave mine up and got to ride the last bit of the river rodeo-style.
Next time I'd be in the market for something a little more intense; maybe full-scale Class V or at least a longer, denser course. Kayaking looks like a hell of a rush, but I'm a bit squeamish about the whole notion of getting flipped over and trapped with my head underwater, getting bashed in by a bunch of rocks. Either way, the most radical exercise I can handle for another day or two is going to be walking to the fridge.