Originally Posted by restrac2000
I do seem to notice a difference with quality carbon fiber and fiberglass oars, compared to my old carlisle. The flex they have does seem to provide extra power right near the end of the stroke.
Using your skeletal structure and not just muscle, i.e. putting your body into it. Learning to use my core muscle strength to keep my body aligned has given me a lot more power over the years. (Its also what helped me realize I have really bad posture in general). Doing both of the above will give your longer oar strokes which can provide more power and are more efficient.
Rowing catarafts taught me to balance out my strokes (left/right orientation). I had a stronger side like most people and the extra power from the one would throw off my ferry angle = ineffective power. I still have to remember to focus on balance when I get stressed.
Hope that wasn't too redundant with what you already know....looking forward to see if there is anything others contribute that I have missed in the past.
^^^This^^^ Use your whole body, not just your arms.
Have a foot bar that allows you to "lock" your feet in place so you can
use full lower body power. A strong core allows you to still maintain power by staying in position and in your seat when the boat is not level.
But the best way to increase forward momentum is to pick sections of river with maximum vertical, Dagger Falls, Slaughterhouse Falls, Gore Canyon etc.