Category Archives: Ergo

Feet out: rowing strapped in or strapless on your Erg?

Strapped in or strapless? Read about an interesting experience of Howard Aiken who explains the benefits of a strapless foot stretcher while beein on your erg. According Aikens view  which he expressed here, the foot-straps on every ergo meter are there for the athlete’s safety and any coach who feels that he or she would be […]

9 Rowing Coaching Drills

rowing stroke cycle technique

Rowing drills and exercises aim to isolate each part of the ‘stroke cycle’ in order to assist coaches in successfully communicating the different stroke variation technique to athletes. By experiencing part of the ‘learning’ in the static environment of a rowing machine with a force curve to illustrate good execution before doing it in a […]

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 […]