Category Archives: Exercises and Drills

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* […]

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 […]