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Sit Up and Take Note

Can simply sitting up during your stroke make the boat go faster? All dragon boat paddlers know that when there is movement in the boat, there is an effect on the boat. Sometimes this movement can be used for good. Sometimes for evil. Rowers, with their sliding seat, experience an…

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Find your Passion

Featured Image: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ This post started out to be all about the passion of dragon boating, but as I began writing I saw that much of it is relevant to life in general. So as we meander through this post, see if any of it strikes a chord in your…

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Meet My Very Good Friend Tabata

Figure 1: "What the Hell Was THAT!!!" Image provided: http://www.fullvelocityfitness.com/ A Tabata is a high-intensity workout protocol that has fitness benefits. It is also a very short workout. Is it like circuit training? Is it like CrossFit? It is a bit of both. Tabata training is attractive because it saves a…

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How Fast Can a Dragon Boat Go?

Figure 1: Dragon Boats exceeding hull speed. Image supplied: http://www.ottawadentalcare.com/2016/05/ Is there a maximum speed for a dragon boat? Has it anything to do with “hull speed”? Can we answer those questions of whether a 10 paddler boat should be faster than a 20 paddler boat? You would think that…

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Fueling up for a Regatta

Featured image supplied by HoneyPedia So you have an upcoming Regatta and you want to know if your diet leading up to race day can affect your performance? And if so, what, how much and when should you eat to get the most out of your body on the day?…

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No Pain. No Gain. No Problem.

Featured image supplied by Komodo Paddle Club   Dragon boating is a sport and as such you may have noticed that 24 to 48 hours after a training session or Regatta, you feel sore. This soreness is known as delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS. Special Note: One way to…

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Are You Ready for Change?

  Change. That word. That scary word that drives some of us to build a fort with couch cushions and hide there forever. But is it what you need to take your performance to the next level? Firstly, you need to be clear on what it is that you want…

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Why You Need To Strengthen Your Shoulders

Sore Shoulders? There are a myriad of reasons why your shoulder hurts--from poor paddle technique and posture, over-training, unilateral (one-sided) paddling, long paddles (longer paddles = more load forcing upon the shoulder), etc. However, working the back shoulder muscles and stabilizers that hold the scapula in the correct position will…

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7 Lies Dragon Boaters Believe

When it comes to myths and lies surrounding a sport, nothing can come close to dragon boating. With so many self-professed experts and enthusiastic amateurs out there, some of the most widely accepted facts, tips and techniques are downright lies. Wise up and make sure you don’t fall for these…

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SWEAT, REST, REPEAT

So You Want Big Muscles? Well here’s a bit of news for you…your muscle growth begins when your workout stops. Push your reps to failure all you want, but your muscle mass and strength actually increases with productive recovery time. Does this mean strengthen your relationship with your couch? No.…

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