Category Archives: Coaching

Book Review: The Mind’s Eye by James C. Joy

The Minds Eye book, Jimmy joy, rowing psychology

The Mind’s Eye: The Evolution of the Athletes’ Skills and Consciousness The Mind’s Eye describes a successful method in the implementation of a mental training program for rowers. Published in 2009 the book reveals “the core of the mental training methods used by Jimmy Joy from his time training under the master coach Bob Fitzpatrick […]

“There’s no better feeling than making a life-changing impact.” – Interview with Jack Beaumont (Part 5)

Jack Beaumont is a British rower who represented Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This is the 5th and final part of his exclusive interview with Ashwyn Lall, founder of Ash’s Sports Talk. Jack shares his journey to the Olympic final, his views on planning for life after sport, developing a positive mindset, […]

“There’s no better feeling than making a life-changing impact.” – Interview with Jack Beaumont (Part 4)

Jack Beaumont is a British rower who represented Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This is part 4 of his exclusive interview with Ashwyn Lall, founder of Ash’s Sports Talk. Jack shares his journey to the Olympic final, his views on planning for life after sport, developing a positive mindset, and his views […]

“There’s no better feeling than making a life-changing impact.” – Interview with Jack Beaumont (Part 3)

Jack Beaumont is a British rower who represented Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This is part 3 of his exclusive interview with Ashwyn Lall, founder of Ash’s Sports Talk. Jack shares his journey to the Olympic final, his views on planning for life after sport, developing a positive mindset, and his views […]

The Rowing Mind – Performance Under Pressure (Part 3)

The Rowing Mind - Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

This is part three of Katherine Sparks’ blog series on “The Rowing Mind – Performance Under Pressure”. Katie is an ESRC-funded sport psychology doctoral student at the University of Birmingham. She is a lover of all things rowing-related, as well as a passionate writer working to bridge the gap between academia and practice (read part […]

The Bumps: Just Like the Real Thing

I wrote yesterday about how I was struck by the similarity between the post-race analyses of our Bumps crew and that of a high-performance outfit. Last night I realised that there is a further analogy that is of interest, to me anyway!

The Rowing Mind – Performance Under Pressure (Part 2)

The Rowing Mind - Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

This is part two of Katherine Sparks’ blog series on “The Rowing Mind – Performance Under Pressure”. Katie is an ESRC-funded sport psychology doctoral student at the University of Birmingham. She is a lover of all things rowing-related, as well as a passionate writer working to bridge the gap between academia and practice (read part […]

How to Choose a Rowing Club

I have been coaching a young athlete who has ambitions to row at the Olympics – one of the things we discussed was how to choose the right rowing club for her. Setbacks and Red Herrings First, I was very frustrated by being asked for advice (which club to join) only to find that many […]

Coaching a Crew – Seven Bricks of Wisdom

The 7 Bricks of Rowing Coaching Wisdom

A guest post by Bob Greatorex: Little can be added to the extensive literature available on training technics and rowing coaching wisdom. So I will address areas less often discussed. Analogies are useful and I advise crews to break challenges down into component parts. I call it the ‘Brick Wall Analogy’. Lay one brick at […]