Category Archives: Coaching

How long should I train on the erg?

BJSM lower back pain rowers

I’m trying to locate an article from some months back, with no luck. It was written by an Irish woman rower, who also was an exercise physiologist or with some other credentials. The thrust of it was about caution by Masters, and us Veterans, when using ergs for long periods of time, and a greater […]

Do I REALLY need to do long distance training?

Is it tough to really row slow? I call it Aerobic Discipline. If so, find out why those low intensity, long distance sessions are a must for your high performance racing months from now. Today, an e-mail message from a master rower read, “Marlene, I have done that 90-minute piece on the erg three times […]

New Website: RowingStronger.com

Hello, Rowperfect readers! Will Ruth aka “Strength Coach Will” here from StrengthCoachWill.com, the Rowperfect e-book, “Rowing Stronger: Strength Training to Maximize Your Rowing Performance,” guest blogs here, and the Strength Coach Roundtable podcast on the Rowing Chat Network. I’m writing to let you all know that I’ve moved all of my rowing content to my […]

Ivan Hooper on guidance to coaches on using indoor rowing machines and injury prevention

static versus dynamic ergo

Ivan Hooper works for Rowing Australia as a Sports Science / Sports Medicine Coordinator and this is an advisory note he circulated in approx 2012. His slides are at the bottom of the page along with recommendations for rowing coaches on how to prevent injuries from rowing on ergos. Since I sent out some comments […]

Rowing Camp Venues – the best and the rest

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Rowperfect wants to compile a list of rowing camp venues accessible from the UK. We know that a lot of people travel abroad for camps – but where are the best ones? I am a coach at Loch Lomond Rowing Club in Scotland, and am hoping to run a training camp for our juniors next […]

Magic secrets of top rowing coaches

Advanced Rowing Book

We all want to know the deep secrets of top rowing coaches.  Surely they must do things that “normal” coaches don’t do? Charles Simpson is the co-author of Advanced Rowing and shares his deeper thoughts about rowing, life and how to become a better rower and coach. Why did I choose to write this book? […]

Help get teen girls into rowing

#RowMoJo & @rowconference are working together to help get more teenage girls into #ROWING! Both focussing on some of the issues teenage girls experience as they engage with competitive sport: Physical Literacy Anxiety Training & Periods Breast Health & Sports Bras Physical movement & the ‘robust’ athlete The Female Traid & hormonal effects Diet & […]

Focus on the catch

The Rowing Stroke Cycle ebook cover

Placing the blade before you push.  Possibly the hardest thing to do in rowing. Here’s a round-up of expert insight from the Rowperfect blog archive to help you out. Firstly – what is the catch? Duncan Holland explains in his rowing stroke cycle series – Catch.  From that link you can get to all 6 […]