Category Archives: Ergo

12 Winter workouts for masters rowers

Paul Hoffman joined our newsletter mailing list some time ago. When you join we encourage you to ask us questions: He asked about winter workouts: What are good winter workouts for masters rowers with busy family lives? I try to always do two steady state UT2 outings to one with higher intensity. You don’t say […]

How to improve your erg score

2k ergo test

Advice from Graham Benton recently interviewed on RowingChat podcast. Get a programme Focus on technique – erg is not the same as a rowing boat Find the drag factor which works for you (rule of thumb is juniors on 3, womens on 4 and men on 5) Train with someone both faster and slower than […]

Why wear a row suit all?

rowing shorts waistline, rowing machine clothing

So your shirt tails don’t get caught in your slides. The sliding seat wheels roll up and down metal grooves (slides) and if you have a long shirt, it risks hanging down lower than the seat top and getting caught. A unisuit (all in one, zoot suit, zootie, row suit are other names) is a […]

Row Electric while erging

row electric, concept2, rowing machine

Do you want to capture your energy when using the Concept 2 rowing machine? I have developed a device that can be retrofitted to a Concept 2 rowing machine.  It replaces the conventional fan with a generator that will allow the user to capture the energy produced during a workout and store it in a […]

Rowing power compared to split

Rowe.rs logo, Adrian Cassidy, rowing app

Adrian Cassidy from the Rowe.rs app encourages us to adjust how coaches and athletes view rowing data. Data is only useful if you can use it and so we should understand the metrics and their implication for rowing boats. Increasing speed requires power There was an interesting article on the BBC website during the Tour […]

The science behind heels up or heels down

Heels up towards catch

A guest post by Sara Hendershot Lombardi at Rowefficient. The science behind this rowing question should I have my Heels Up or Heels Down as I approach the catch?  It’s a perennial question. Let’s dig into the science here. We get this question a lot…should I be letting my heels come off the footplate when […]

Transitioning novice rowers from head to regatta racing

MSU Novice Rowers

I am the novice development captain for my rowing club and I am currently thinking ahead, to regatta season. I was wondering what is best for the novices (on the erg) when it comes to transitioning from head to regatta season?  In terms of the novice winter training, they mainly did UT2’s to get used to […]

ErgSlayer.com Brings Big Data to the Rowing World

ErgSlayer team results page

Nothing drives erg scores down faster than some friendly competition. Combine this insight with data driven analytics and you have Erg Slayer. Head coach of the University of Notre Dame Men’s Rowing Team, Mike Lehmann, developed and launched the website in 2016 with the goal of promoting competition within a team in an organized, efficient […]

Rowing Seat Pad helps back pain on ergo

Rowing seat pad, ProW, sore leg rowing, hamstring pain rowing,

Stuart Harrison has done a comprehensive review of the ProW Rowing seat pad. I came across the Citius-Remex ProW seat pads on the internet and went ‘holly cr*p batman’, with postage they are not cheap, brilliant idea though. Then there are two of them, which one is for me? The high seat pad is for […]