Category Archives: Exercises and Drills

Improve ankle flexibility for rowing

If you find compressing into the catch in sculling or rowing is a challenge – particularly if you are the steersman (toe) of a coxless boat, you need to have the ability to improve your ankle flexibility.  Here’s how, thanks to our good friends at Rowfficient. First test your ankle flexibility Stand 4 inches off […]

Capsize drill – how to get back in a rowing boat after flipping

Today we are going to look at several different videos teaching how to get back into a rowing boat after having fallen in. British Rowing official capsize drill The first minute shows a capsize using a camera on the boat Note the athlete is fully submerged and then pulls her feet out of the shoes […]

Teaching timing to rowing beginners

I lead a class teaching learn to row to adult beginners. It was too windy to row that weekend and so we ended up in the gym. Take a look at the videos showing what we did. I paired an experienced rower with a beginner Each pair held a one meter long piece of plastic […]

Masters Regatta Racing Starts for rowing

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Here is a question from our audience. It arrived a while ago. We have asked our experts to answer… 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. […]

More strength advice for beginner rowers from Kristin Marvin

“I’m a new rower and I compete in school regattas. I was wondering what exercises I could do to become a stronger rower?” As a new athlete to the sport it is important to note that whole body movements win over your typical exercise program, especially as a high school student.  You sit down all […]

Can I train your mental strength?

Imagine that there is a muscle that is called “Mental Strength”. Could you train it? (Photo Credit: wikimedia Comments) Rowperfect has tried to research this and believes: Yes, we can train our mental strength. When we go through the world of elite sports and watch the big athletes, Jeannine Gmelin, Madalena Lobnig, Oliver Zeidler and […]

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. […]