Author Archives: Rebecca Caroe

Tips on Preparing for 6k Erg Test

I have a 6k test this week – any advice on preparing for it? Yes, plan the following Know your target time and associated split if you want someone yelling at you (tell them what you like) practice three things – get off the start and onto your target split fast – pushes to get […]

Getting into rowing is easier than you think

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There are many sports where people will be interested in participating but may be put off for a number of reasons and rowing may seem like something that’s difficult to get involved with. However, that’s not the case at all. Great Britain was extremely successful in the 2016 Rio Olympics in rowing, winning three golds […]

Coaching younger masters

Achieving rowing mastery at early ages Anna got in touch from Utrecht in the Netherlands asking us to write content for Youngish masters rowers. Coaching racing masters is a challenge because unlike student rowers they do not have unlimited time.  You have to be flexible in your expectations for the group and so if you can […]

Say Goodbye to Archaic Coaching Styles!

THE CONTEXT: It seems that after decades of celebrating the insensitive hard-nosed coaching style, the world of professional high-performance sports is finally coming to its senses and realizing that the persona it once celebrated as the model for coaching is not only destructive for athletes, but also limited in its ability to motivate and inspire […]

Selecting a new rowing boat

Boat Building for Rowing Filippi

I have been privy to a Facebook chat where the initiator asks this question “Rowers, got any views on buying and selecting a new rowing boat. Budget is key and interested on views. Think SWIFT, Wintech v Janousek=Stämpfli.” While not keen to start a public discussion on the benefits of any one boat maker compared […]

A new Rowing Tales book is coming

Rowing Tales, Volume one and volume 2, rowing stories

Early warning…. November 11th will be the date when we release the 2019 edition of Rowing Tales. Edited by Rebecca Caroe it’s become a fixture on our annual calendar.  She collects these stories from her Rowing Chat Podcast guests and the Rowperfect Masters Rowing International Facebook group as well as talking to people she meets. […]

Coaching psychology: Conditional Praise

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  THE CONTEXT: As some parents and coaches continue to rely on what I call “conditional praise” as a form of motivation, I hope they’re aware of some of the unintended consequences.  When I was a young boy competing in sports I spent a good lot of my time in the pursuit of approval—praise—from those […]

How to find my Concept 2 drag factor

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Rowperfect are the Rowing Education experts.   Not all knowledge is found in training courses or coach education.  We know rowers want to know things – that’s where we come in…. Rowperfect knows rowing.  Ask Us. What resistance level should I train on a concept 2 rower? How to find my Concept 2 drag factor? Is […]

Rowing books for your holiday novel reading

Today we’re showing off two rowing books which are worth adding to your summer holiday reading list. Both novels and written by authors who actually understand the sport, they give very different perspectives on that most difficult of rowing situations – the crew bonding before, during and after an important race.  Buy Water under the […]