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The Top 10 Ways that Paddling Leads to Personal Success | How Your Involvement in Dragon Boating Helps You in All Aspects of Life

The Top 10 Ways that Paddling Leads to Personal Success | How Your Involvement in Dragon Boating Helps You in All Aspects of Life

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Whether you have been a lifelong athlete, or have recently found yourself getting sporty, you have likely discovered that paddling has helped improve your life in countless ways. The most obvious improvements focus on the health benefits. Paddling is great cardio, makes you stronger and more fit and can even help you lose weight. But what about the other benefits? Team USA Premier Women 2015. Photo: Christianne Maigre Being an athlete develops a discipline that transfers to all aspects of your life: work life, social life, home life, etc. As you find yourself devoting more time to paddling, it is probable that you will find...

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Coachability | 5 Qualities of a Coachable Paddler

Coachability | 5 Qualities of a Coachable Paddler

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“Coachability.” It’s a commonly used word in sports. We all seem to have an idea of what it means. Or do we? I decided that I wanted to get specific in what coachability truly is from a coach’s perspective. Tarpons women ready for the 2k at Mercer, 2013. Photo: Hong Nguyen Paddlers often get labeled as “coachable” or not. “Coachable” means “able to be coached,” but what qualities does a coachable paddler have? What exactly earns someone this title? There are 5 main qualities of a coachable paddler. They are: humility, drive,focus, perseverance, and trust. Humility:Let’s use “Jane” as an example. She thinks that...

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Abs for Days: Core Workout For Paddlers

Abs for Days: Core Workout For Paddlers

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Are you looking for ways to improve your paddling? A good place to start is by strengthening your core or abdominal muscles. In a proper stroke, your abs should be engaged – they are one of your largest muscle groups so take advantage of them! Paddling uses a combination of abdominal muscles; obliques (internal and external), transverse abdominus (wraps your torso like a wide belt), and rectus abdominus. Many of the paddlers on my team have asked the question, “How do I get my core stronger?” Here are 8 exercises designed to help you develop more core strength. Jackknife Sit-up...

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How to Balance a Dragon Boat |Tips for Your Most Successful Race Boat Layout

How to Balance a Dragon Boat |Tips for Your Most Successful Race Boat Layout

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Balancing a boat is essential for a race, but many teams overlook exactly how crucial it can be to their success. Having a properly balanced boat not only makes it easier on the steersman, it also allows the boat to glide through the water evenly. But balance doesn’t only apply to the left and right sides of the boat. Your race boat needs to be balanced front to back as well. Recreational teams will often encourage paddlers to find a “partner paddler” who is more or less the same weight. This will result in an approximation of a left-right balanced boat,...

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Best Dragon Boat Race Venues | Dragon Boaters Report on Their Favorite Races

Best Dragon Boat Race Venues | Dragon Boaters Report on Their Favorite Races

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A few weeks ago, I asked readers about their favorite dragon boat races and festivals in terms of competition, location and venue. Here are the responses I received:   1) In your opinion, what is the best dragon boat race in terms of competition? This question focused on the level of teams that the race attracted. Vancouver’s Rio Tinto Alcan Race (Canada) was hands-down the most popular among those who responded, followed by Toronto’s Great White North Challenge (Canada). There is no doubt that the Canadians provide some good competition! Other races that were frequently mentioned were the Lamma 500 and the...

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