Since I first saw myself paddling on video with a go pro about a year and a half ago, I've really been trying to put some focus on removing the "crunch" component from my forward stroke, although I'm not sure we're talking about exactly the same thing, but probably similar. I've noticed others doing it since noticing myself. The interesting thing is that I starting focusing on eliminating it for two reasons - to encourage better rotation (appeared and feels to me I was substituting one for the other), and I feel it's healthier for my back. So my feeling was that it was just a formed bad habit. Not sure if there's truly sound reasoning behind it, but I seem to have consistently slowly eliminated a little back soreness that seemed to be developing at times. I'm figuring the constant twisting for hours on end with a straight, somewhat properly aligned spine is helping over a habit of twisting for hours on end with my spine in something of a somewhat bent position from incorporating a sort of crunch motion habit. Seems to feel better & better over time?
I don't know if it's truly bad habit or a good enough substitute, but my experience tends towards the bad habit side of things. Who knows? It hasn't been a quick habit to break, but hopefully I'll keep getting closer as long as it feels healthy.
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