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French Junior paddlers training for the 2018 Junior & U23 European Championships on lake Most na Soči

The previous week we had the pleasure to host the French Junior Sprint Canoeing team on lake Most na Soči. Their decision to visit us was quick and as their coach Yann Gudefin says »a great idea« to bring a bit of diversity into their training sessions. A group of 7 sprint athletes (best three Junior men, best two Junior ladies and best two Canoe ladies) and their two coaches enjoyed some good sessions on Most na Soči lake with …
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The Meta-technique in kayaking

We are glad your response to the Basic paddling technique article last week was very positive, dear readers. We know there are a lot of experienced coaches and athletes among you, so we will continue to dig deeper and continue our exploration of the perfect stroke. The basic technique is what the beginner and the advanced paddler need in order to paddle well. What you need to master if you want to paddle very fast though, is the Meta-technique. We use …
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The Basic sprint kayaking technique

What do we teach to a kayak beginner? And to what do champions turn to in training when they feel something is not ok in their form? They both go back to basics. Because the basics is where everything starts and everything can break. In today’s technical article we write about the basic kayaking technique. Why are the lessons we teach to beginners also the cornerstones on which we insist on with advanced paddlers? This is our short checklist for Basic …
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The paddling technique – our definition

In today’s article we have defined what paddling technique is. We know definitions are boring but today we have to introduce to you the terms very important to us: basic technique, the meta-technique and the micro-technique. All our future technique blogs will discuss paddling on one of these levels. In short: basic technique is the simplified version of paddling and what most of us do well; meta-technique is the hidden cornerstones of paddling that many can see, few understand and only …
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Friday’s technical blog starts a series of articles on Paddling Technique

We will spend spring and summertime on our blog writing about paddling technique. In our Friday blogs we will take you onto a voyage of understanding what is kayaking technique, why is it so important, where to start changing it for the better and finally when and how to train for it. At the end of our journey, you will have a lot of tools to evaluate and improve paddling technique. Why do we believe technique in paddling sports (as in many other) is so important? Wasn’t paddling fast about strength, endurance, speed, tactics …
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Coordination for paddlers

 In the past three Friday blogs, we have discussed three fundamental abilities for good paddling: rhythm, balance, and mobility. There is one more motor ability we often neglect when talking sprint kayak training: coordination. The simple definition of coordination would be the ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently. Champions are not only super fit, but also super efficient in using their entire body to propel their tiny boat as fast as possible. In practice, all …
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Radley College on lake Bohinj

Radley is an all boys college from UK that sent their rowing club (follow them on Twitter: @RCBC) to lake Bohinj for a week’s training camp during school holidays. The boys were training mostly in big crew boats which meant seeing 3 eights on the lake each session along with other 4- and 2-. A very special view, as it has been 2 years since the last 8 on lake Bohinj (NZL women eight training for Rio games). The 36 …
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Mobility for sprint canoeing

We started our technical blog 11 weeks ago and since then we have discussed a sprint kayaking related topic with you every Friday. In the first few weeks we covered some basics like performance evaluation, intensity zones, dry land training exercise types and session construction. In May, we will start discussing paddling technique. But right now we are in the middle between training theory and the practical aspects of training technique: we‘ve covered rhythm and balance so far, we will …
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