Category Archives: Exercises and Drills

Aligning power in a mixed masters quad

We have just formed a mixed quad crew and want some advice on how to align our power and get the crew going well together. Several time ago, Roland Beevor wrote to us after reading the original article. Let’s share this again.  I think this issue is a good issue to explore, it addresses a big […]

Q&A Masters Rowing

Questions and Answers, Master Rowers (Photo Credit: worldrowing.com)   Top Coach Joe De Leo from Leotraining is answering Questions which came up lately in our social media forums. Masters Rowing: One of the most interesting questions which came over and over again: Which camp should I visit,….what are the best regattas to join for masters […]

Rowing and Mobiliy – part 4 ankles

Ankle Mobility for Rowers This is the final installment of mobility for rowers, where we’ll cover the importance of ankle mobility for rowers and how you can improve flexibility and strength in the calf and shin muscles for better compression, cleaner catches, and stronger drives. In Part 1, we discussed what “tightness” really is (and what […]

Rowing and Mobility – part 3 glutes

Here we go. This is part 3 of our series from Strength Coach Will Ruth. Today he talks about: Glute Mobility for Rowers In Part 1, we discussed what “tightness” really is (and what it isn’t), why mobility is so much more than just flexibility alone, and how to address mobility restrictions in the thoracic spine. […]

Rowing and Mobility – Thoracic Spine

This is part two of our mobility session for rowers.  Strenght Coach Will Ruth, our author and Renate (in German) will give answers in case you have any questions. Thoracic Spine Mobility for Rowers Now that you know a lot about why flexibility, strength, and technique are all important factors in the mobility puzzle, each article in […]

5 Exercises to Make You a Better Rower, Part 2

It is my philosophy that the weight-room is for building strength and health, not for high-rep light-weight “endurance” circuits or overly specific sports training. I recommend that rowers stick to the water, the erg, or the bicycle to develop endurance that will actually carry over to rowing, and leave the 20+ rep circuits out of […]

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 […]

Drills to prevent rushing to the catch

Janelle Filkin, rowing blogger , rowing coach.

From our Technique Exploded series the Catch article netted some comments including this one from Australia Hi, Rebecca. I love the bike wheel analogy; propelling the wheel too slowly (putting your oar in) with your fingers and, I suspect, you would feel a slight jarring and burn. As you pointed out, a poorly timed catch […]

How to get leg power as a novice

Junior girls sculling a double - doing drills

Really helpful article to read on Grip. I’m a beginner and struggling to feel the connection at the start of the drive with my legs, meaning my arms do all the work rather than my legs. This leaves me exhausted after 30 minutes or so. I also find I struggle to tap down at the […]

Drill to teach correct feather technique

Good posture, sweep rowing, at finish rowing

Following up from our article on Feathering on the recovery, Ian Smith, a reader sent us this super advice. The Half Feather exercise An exercise I have tried in both sculling and sweep is as follows. When the rower reaches the release point ie the bottom rib area, half feather and hold the blade at 45* […]