Category Archives: Coaching

Empowering women through rowing

The American Dream of achievement for all is a compelling vision. Using rowing as part of a programme to help disadvantaged young women becomes an inspiring story. Empowering Woman Here’s a great video from a few years ago. It’s about a group of disadvantaged schoolgirls in New York City being both tutored for their school […]

Is Mental Toughness appropriate for rowing?

Is Mental Toughness All It’s Cracked Up To Be? asks Jason Dorland – and gives answers to our audience. THE CONTEXT: By continually celebrating the merits of mental-toughness, are coaches possibly limiting their athlete’s ability to reach their highest potential? What if telling our athletes they need more grit in order to be successful was […]

6 Ways to Treat a Rowing Blister

Olivia Flexing Rowing Gloves Rowperfect

What happens if despite your best efforts you finish the row with a new set of blisters? Rowing blisters are our most common injury.  Many are the theories and practices but here’s what I do and what I advise my athletes to do: The blister is still raised and filled with fluid.  Use a sterilised […]

How to get leg power as a novice

Junior girls sculling a double - doing drills

Really helpful article to read on Grip. I’m a beginner and struggling to feel the connection at the start of the drive with my legs, meaning my arms do all the work rather than my legs. This leaves me exhausted after 30 minutes or so. I also find I struggle to tap down at the […]

Rowing dry bag product range

Dry bag rowing 5 liter Rowtex

Announcing the Rowing Dry Bag designed by rowers.  We loved Rowtex when they created gloves for rowing – then they added the perfect rowers Anorak…. and the team hasn’t been idle over the summer.  They just announced their Dry Bags. New Rowing Dry Bag There are two sizes – one for going in the boat […]

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Coxmate 6W Eight 4 Speaker / Harness System w/ Seat Sensor

As we get back into our boats for winter training having the best rowing electronics speaker system and one that works reliably is pretty important for coxed boats. Most of the popular makes are now modular so you can replace one part and also test the whole harness to find out where a break in […]

The Ultimate guide to teaching the rowing stroke

We published a series of blog posts about the stroke cycle to help you explain why we row like this and how to find out for yourself the most efficient methods of moving your body to drive a boat forward. Summary of the full stroke cycle article series. Stroke Cycle Refresher course summary Grip in […]

Essential Winter Rowing Clothing Guide

Training doesn’t stop just because winter arrives. The winter season is often the best time to build up steady mileage and to get your body prepared for summer. While rowing is always about passion and fun, rowing in the rain, wind and even snow is not the most pleasurable thing to do. The freezing winter […]

It’s Head Racing Season!

Pairs Head Rowing Racing on Tideway London

Head racing requires totally different tactics from side by side.  Mostly because the clock is a different motivator than another crew alongside you.  But that’s not the only difference. 5 Reasons Head Racing is the BEST It tests your personal motivation and drive – like no other. Steering is critical to success – it can […]

Get ready for the new season

get ready, new rowing season preparation

Hooray it’s time to go rowing again!  In the northern hemisphere the autumn is time to get going in big boats ready for fall head racing and long distance training. But wait, your rowing club needs work first The equipment maintenance plan is essential to do first – before anything else. So set about organising […]