Category Archives: Coaching

Top 3 stretches in rowing

Crouch adductor stretch for rowers

I get asked a lot of questions on Quora – here’s the most recent What are the 3 most important stretches for rowing? I think this is not the right question to ask.  Because everyone has a different body and differing flexibility.  I would reverse the question and ask whether you can achieve the body […]

Would you review our Seat Racing book?

Rowing seat racing book

We’ve just published a new ebook on Seat Racing for crew selection and we are keen to get some reviewers.  Read on to find out how. Seat Racing can be confusing There are a lot of different ways to run seat racing – we even found coaches and coxswains who advocate AGAINST using it for […]

Top 4 stretches for tired legs

Crouch adductor stretch for rowers

Sophie Mackenzie runs through her chosen stretches for rowers who have tired legs and tight muscles.  This is a sequence you can do after rowing – best tried as a crew. Sophie rowed for New Zealand and is a double world champion in LW2x.  She published her Stretching Poster for Rowers in April. Downward dog […]

Learn more rowing insider know-how

Rowperfect has set up an account on Slideshare where we publish information useful for coaches and athletes who want to improve their rowing, sculling and technique. You will find all our slide decks are available for download so you can use them for yourself. We are also honoured to share slides that readers of the […]

Vlad Timinski (CAN) 1k race video

GoPro in single scull rowing 2k

This is his first 2k race of the year – it’s clearly cold and so I wouldn’t expect fast times.  I think he did about 7.37. What’s interesting is his breathing – you can hear him inhale at the catch and exhale at the finish.  This implies that he inhales again during the recovery.  Is […]

When sleep is not giving rowing recovery

Athlete asleep

I have a question involving rowing recovery. Basically I hate going to bed sore and waking up feeling worse, and I’m wondering what is the best position to sleep in and how to potentially use pillows as support for my traps lats and lower back? We took this question from a reader to our expert […]

I feel excluded in my rowing club

exclusion, ducks, one yellow duck, rowing club exclusion

I feel excluded. Do I quit my rowing club? Do not quit yet. But do some personal therapy right away. Take a sheet of paper and write down why you feel “excluded” and include what the behaviours are that you see from others that cause you to have the feeling of exclusion. Then date it […]

The science behind heels up or heels down

Heels up towards catch

A guest post by Sara Hendershot Lombardi at Rowefficient. The science behind this rowing question should I have my Heels Up or Heels Down as I approach the catch?  It’s a perennial question. Let’s dig into the science here. We get this question a lot…should I be letting my heels come off the footplate when […]

The Definitive guide to rowing seat racing

Rowing Seat Racing

Seat Racing for crew selection takes many forms and has a bad reputation as being open to abuse by coaches and unscrupulous athletes.  Learn how to run seat racing for your squad by reading Duncan Holland’s Guide to Rowing Seat Racing – including the famous “spider diagram”. Rowperfect has created a round-up of 6 articles about […]

Quick release rigger question

THE BUYER'S GUIDE TO: Quick Release Riggers

Lots of readers ask us questions in our Messenger chat pane.  Here we show recent answers.  A lot of them can be found in our blog post archive which goes back to 2007 – do use the search pane above to research answers yourself. Quick Release rigger clips I have a pair of clip on […]