Hi. I'm new to DB. I've encountered quite a few people who have different preferences with regards to feet position.
a) put both feet forward
b) put your gunnel foot forward and inside foot under your seat
c) put your inside foot forward and gunnel foot under the seat
d) put both feet under the seat
e) Other_______ (please state what)
Which one do you guys think is the "best" or most preferred way of using your feet/legs? Any other opinion about leg/feet use?
My take it both feet forward is best if you can and don't have flexibility issues. This allows for the greatest weight transfer onto the paddle.
Leg closest to the water is pressed right against the side of the boat to try and anchor it in place (ankle is turned up). I actually use my other leg to stand on this foot to keep it from shifting. I'm tall so my legs go over the first strut and lock into the second. I wear will wear the heel out of a neoprene boot pretty quickly from pressing and rubbing against the closer strut, so I need to reinforce these to keep from getting cut.
For the start, I shift my inside leg to press of the middle of the boat so my first few strokes don't push my weight back into the boat. Once the water softens up I shift it over and the position won't change for the rest of the race.
Tuck your leg closest to the water under if your flexibility is limited. No benefit to having your inside leg tucked under that I am aware of, unless you team likes to really over-rotate and you are using this to help you twist back to the catch.
On an ERG, you can't lean your weight out over the side as there is no force pushing you back up and there is nothing to lean on. Therefore I find the one foot forward one foot back better for stability, but this doesn't translate to being best on the water.