Category Archives: Coaching

Coaching Crew – Seven Bricks of Wisdom

A guest post by Bob Greatorex: I can add little to the extensive literature available on training techniques so will address areas less often discussed. Often 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 a time.  If each […]

Coaching your coxswain – yes, you CAN

Bad coxing starts with poor coaching.  Improved coxing comes from an understanding of the best way to instruct.  Few coaches have been coxswains and so take a quick educational guide from a Coxswain, Chelsea Dommert, who found that she was frustrated by the un-clear instructions she got from her coach.  So she wrote the book […]

Why your race was not as good as your practice

Was your Regatta and your race disappointing?  Did your crew fail to row as well in the competition as you did during practices? You aren’t alone – Race and practice are not the same. There are many reasons why your particular crew may have failed to live up to your expectations.  Let’s run through some […]

Teaching timing to rowing beginners

I lead a class teaching learn to row to adult beginners. It was too windy to row that weekend and so we ended up in the gym. Take a look at the videos showing what we did. I paired an experienced rower with a beginner Each pair held a one meter long piece of plastic […]

Sometimes “Finding a Way to Win” Means Setting Goals Beyond Winning

THE CONTEXT: “Wait, what? Set a goal beyond winning? What other goal is there beyond winning? And, why would I set a goal other than the one I want to achieve? Besides, I was hired to win!” Believe me, I get it. And, I’ve heard it plenty of times from coaches that I’ve met at […]

How to row faster with just 30 minutes training

How anybody can make you row faster in only 30 minutes? What is the secret? Focus on 2 key things There are two things that make you go faster at any given rate and both are related to your power curve or power application. We all should know that the only thing that makes the […]

What is the Future of Rowing Data?

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There are a lot of different rowing data apps around nowadays and we have written about them on the blog in the past. The key to writing a good rowing data app is three things Easy collection of data points Easy interpretation Easy adaptation of your future training There are a very few rowing club […]

Prognostic Olympic Times – Part 4 – Calculators for rowing and erg

What do you think of the last episodes of our “prognostic” series? According Bio Row , a company having an scientific approach to row smarter – Prognostic” or “Gold Standard” times are widely used in rowing practice for evaluation of training and racing speeds, crew selections, etc. Very often World Best Times (WBT) are used […]

Prognostic rowing times – Part 3 – How To Use Prognostic Times

This is the third part of our series on Prognostic Rowing Times. If you’ve missed any of the previous posts you can take a look at them here. Part 1 is about What Prognostic  Rowing Times are, and how to use them. Part 2 is about the History of Prognostic times and How to Calculate […]

Principles of Fast Learning: How to Row Faster

Emma sent us a great question: “How to maximise your training sessions on the water to become very good really quickly?” Dear Emma, learning quick is not so easy. Most of our rowing exercises need time. But there are some general rules to improve a quick learning ability: Principles of fast learning Find someone with […]