Category Archives: Exercises and Drills

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 […]

Our rowing eight can’t get in time

Rowing oars out of time.

Hi- When I row in an eight, I feel as if I am rowing uphill in wet cement. When we row by fours and I am in the 4 seat, the boat is stable, set and moving smoothly through the water. I am starting to hate rowing because I don’t see how we will ever […]

Teaching how to hinge from the hip in rowing

Rowing hinge from the hip by Joe de Leo

For coaches one of the most challenging techniques to teach to athletes is improving the body over position in the stroke cycle. Here is a brand new video where Joe de Leo helps rower Matt George improve his toe touch as well as teaching him to move from his hips. Moving from the hips in […]

Top 3 stretches in rowing

Crouch adductor stretch for rowers

I get asked a lot of questions on Quora – here’s the most recent What are the 3 most important stretches for rowing? I think this is not the right question to ask.  Because everyone has a different body and differing flexibility.  I would reverse the question and ask whether you can achieve the body […]

What causes skying at the catch?

Perfect catch backsplash rowing,

What are the most probable rigging / sequencing causes of recovering with blades too high off the water / dipping the hands at the catch and skying the blade? So first things first – if someone is rigged too high, they may have difficulty putting the blades fully under the water at the catch. Check […]

The rowing stroke catch – a millisecond

The catch is one of the most important parts of the rowing stroke and it’s over in a fraction of time. It probably takes between 0.3-04 second for the catch to be executed. And during that timeframe, the athlete has to steady themselves into the front, have the blade square, turn their core on, put […]

More tips on improving the recovery

Sculling technique the recovery.

One of our most popular posts is about how to improve the recovery.   A reader asked this great supplementary question: How do jelly legs if the same muscles need to move you up the slide to the catch? When the boat already has momentum from your previous power stroke, you will find that you can […]

Improving the recovery

sculling stroke recovery

I row in a quad scull and we did an interesting outing this week which I want to share. If you coach yourselves or if you are a coach and want to use this pattern of learning for your own crews. Before you start teaching rowing drills You will need to read this article about […]

New Masters Rowing advice series

We’re very excited to be publishing the Faster Masters products now in individual chapter form.  Having got feedback from our readers, we realise that some people would prefer to buy what they need NOW rather than a full Faster Masters membership programme. And so today we’re releasing each episode from Faster Masters Gold membership individually. […]

Coaching the Recovery using Data

Coxmate PC analysis software

We got a customer asking about how to use rowing data in order to improve the coaching of the recovery for a crew. “I think the important factor is making the recovery as smooth as possible so we don’t lose too much boat speed in the 8+. We have spent a lot time optimising the […]