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Trunk rotation

Trunk rotation is the most important part of being able to paddle a kayak.

One thing that most people may not realize about kayaking is that most of the power for kayaking will not actually come from your arms. The reason for this is that when you think about it, even if you are only going for a short kayaking trip, you are going to need to do a lot of paddle strokes. If it is just your arms that are taking care of this problem you will probably end up getting very tired very quickly. As a result, most of the power for each paddling stroke will come from something called the trunk rotation.

The trunk rotation is the way that you move your torso when you are paddling a kayak. This allows you to make stronger, larger strokes with your paddle, so that you won’t have any trouble making sure that you are actually moving quite a bit with each stroke. Therefore, if you’re thinking about learning how to paddle a kayak, you might want to see how well you are able to rotate or twist your torso. By having strong muscles in this area of your body, you should be able to make sure that you go further than you would go ordinarily in a kayak.

You should also make sure that you are actually leaning forward in the kayak somewhat. That way, you’ll be able to keep yourself from injuring your lower back. After all, leaning back will make it so that you put a little bit of extra stress on that part of your body. Since this is one of the easiest parts of your body to strain, you should do whatever you can to make sure that it remains comfortable while you paddle.

One way that you can determine whether or not enough of your power is coming from your trunk rotation instead of your arms is to pay attention to what your arms do when you paddle. If your arms staying mostly straight while you paddle, then that probably means that you are using trunk rotation to propel the kayak through the water.

In order to use this paddling technique, you don’t need to do very much. First of all, you need to keep your arms mostly straight. Then, when you paddle, you need to twist from side to side in order to move the paddles. In order to practice this, you should practice turning your torso from side to side while sitting still.

Once you’ve mastered how to use the trunk rotation, you should find that your kayak paddling is both stronger and more effective than it was before.


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