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The oldest saying in the book is that a picture tells a thousand words. This is true if you know what to look for. So I have added a picture to this blog to help you see where you may be going wrong, and what you need to do to improve your paddling. So from the imagine above there are many things to see. If we start with the two boxes, red and green. You can see in the red box the shoulders are rotating very well, if you see the green box the bottom half of the trunk is...

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Gym work, mykayakcoach, paddle tips, Paddling, SlipstreamSurf, surfski, The Paddler, Vaikobi -

Does gym work help paddling, the answer is yes most defiantly, the thing that should never happen is a gym session should never take the place of a paddle session if time poor. I believe know one should do gym unless they are paddling 3 times a week, this may have to change if you can't get to 3 paddles a week. I think your gym sessions should tie in with the timing of your racing calendar. So if you are in your off season you should look to get some strength work done, reps of say 6-8 maybe 4...

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mykayakcoach, paddle tips, Paddling, surfski, Vaikobi -

I would say that I am a fussy paddler, I like everything to be right when I paddle. I hate paddling in tops that a big and baggy, to long on the top so it sits down my back and rubs and catches when I rotate, also the same if to short rubbing on my hips when I twist. I also like to have a snug fit with my pants, I like them to be padded for a little comfort but not to thick with padding so I'm off balanced. I have to be able to rotate in the seat....

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Paddling can be very tough when there is not much competition around. It's in these times you need to learn to work hard on the areas you feel you were falling short on last season. It may be your technique, race preparations or even just not sticking to the whole season. I find the easiest way to stay on top of it all is to set small achievable goals, race in little club organised races to help improve your skills under pressure.  The most important time to practice a new skill, like your paddling technique is when you are not...

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