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 effect on the boat due to their body movement as they slide forwards and backwards through the stroke.
A previous, fairly detailed Dragon Analytics post covered how movement of bodies within the boat affected the speed of the boat. Read it for a more mathematical view of the topic. This post will give you an idea of the concept.
Some dragon boat coaches encourage a pivoting at the hip as part of their technique. This shifting of a paddlers’ bodies backwards and forwards has an effect on the speed of the boat. Sometimes good. Sometimes evil.
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