Category Archives: Coaching

How to find your rowing strengths and weaknesses

A coaching mnemonic for rowers Over the years I have coached all age groups and have used the mnemonic F.I.T to help focus minds and discover where the strengths and weaknesses are in particular rowers. I have a board in the boathouse that I use to address both new and developing rowers. It asks the […]

Emotional Intelligence for Coaching Rowing

Chris Shambrook: Intelligence for Coaching  Discuss the most rewarding coaching experience you ever had round the table.  What did you feel like? Emotional intelligence for coaching rowing First task Write down 4/5 words about the athletes who are easiest to coach Alongside write down 4/5 words about how you feel when coaching them Chicken or […]

Stretching hip flexors for rowing

Hip Flexor Stretches, rowing hip flexor

Found this really useful article on the Growing Bodies blog about hip flexors. The writer explains that they get tight and also “overactivity” in the hip flexor. Overactivity means you are using your hip flexors too much and they give two situations where this can happen – it’s best to adjust the stroke so you […]

Squat technique

776BC athletic clothes, rowing clothing,

Squat technique is difficult to learn. Using Innovative clothing that maps your body you can see more clearly how you move and learn the correct lifting technique faster. The Team at 776BC design performance clothing.  They have markers on the outside so it’s easier to see how your limbs are moving and a coach can […]

I cannot sit straight in a rowing boat

I have been sculling for about two years now nearly always in a single scull. When I started in crew boats a few weeks ago I realised that I am leaning my back to the rIght and because of this my left shoulder is higher than my right. The thing is I can’t sit straight […]

Why a perfect rowing puddle is like an elephant’s rear end

elephant back view, rear end elephant

When you watch a golfer hit a shot many times they look down at their divot which they use as guidance as to what did or did not happen in their swing. When rowing I suppose our”divot” is a puddle. Can you read much into a puddle? Does such a thing as a perfect puddle […]

RowInTeam: strength in unity

Unity creates strength. Is that really the case? Often individual personalities are not that obvious when they are part of a group. But just being in together is not enough – the group has to become a team. by Giuseppe Lamanna In a nutshell, this is the most critical thing that rowing teaches. And rowing is perhaps […]

Rhythm in the rowing stroke

Sara Handershot Lombardi

Sara Lombardi from Rowfficient writes While a bit controversial, we do believe in ONE most efficient rhythm to achieve maximum speed and efficiency based on the biomechanics of the rowing stroke. The @kiwi_eight are doing a great job of displaying our ideal “One stroke at a time” rhythm, also known by many as a “gather […]

Are you a Rowing Superstar?

Rowing Super Star submissions

There’s a new rowing data app in town called CREW by True Rowing – founded by Bruce Smith and Matt Lehrer both ex CRI in Boston, MA, USA they are working on closing the gap between gym erg rowing and on-water rowing.  CREW aims to stream live training advisory sessions over the internet to viewers […]

Racing Starts for rowing

rowing crew, racing rowers, world rowing

World Rowing Masters regatta is coming up, and I guess most of what can be done of preparation is done by now. However I cannot help but thinking about the start, and how to improve it. If not for anything else, so for next year’s regatta season. I stroke a Masters G and H 8+. I am […]