Category Archives: Exercises and Drills

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* […]

Feathering on the recovery

Sculling grip on the recovery (feather)

Feathering on the drive and feathering into the body is the subject of this “dock talk” by Marlene Royle. How to move the feather to the recovery When our hands are coming in to the body you are on the drive, when they move away from the body you are on the recovery. Marlene observed […]

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 […]

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 […]