- If you look closely, I have not rounded the corners because I want my Laser to feel more comfortable than my training.
- For the same reason, my design has a mainsheet to hang on to but I do not use it.
- And for the same reason, I do not wear hiking pants.
- I start by stretching my hip flexors (see the end of this video). This protects my lower back.
- Doing sit-ups feels very realistic but I do as few and possible because I don't want to wear out my back.
- Instead, I touch alternate shoulders on the ground as many times as possible to simulate punching my Laser though the wave. When I get tired, I sit up to take a rest.
- At no time does my butt touch the ground because my legs are always flexed.
- Loud music helps dull the pain - something like In A Gadda Da Vida.
- I end by stretching my hip flexors again.
And here's2012 Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby's similar form:
Notice that neither Paul or Tom are hiking on their toes. I think that the real benefit from the Kiwi's way of hiking was not hiking on your toes but rather having a much tighter strap so that you butt is higher and you're locked into your boat.
So now you know as much about hiking benches as I do.