Category Archives: Lightweight

Top 4 stretches for tired legs

Crouch adductor stretch for rowers

Sophie Mackenzie runs through her chosen stretches for rowers who have tired legs and tight muscles.  This is a sequence you can do after rowing – best tried as a crew. Sophie rowed for New Zealand and is a double world champion in LW2x.  She published her Stretching Poster for Rowers in April. Downward dog […]

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There is no shortage of training advice for rowers. “Train more”, “Avoid the black hole”, “Train smarter” (whatever that means), “Train like the Danes”, “Avoid junk meters”.  The best research has found that what works best for one rower might not work for another. So what can you do? Plan. Execute. Measure. Adjust. Repeat. Today […]

Future for Rowing Lightweights at the Olympics

Lightweight Men's Quadruple Sculls,

Paul Hart writes Given the planned limitations at the next Olympics( a single men’s and women’s lightweight event), is there any hope for the future of lightweight rowing? That’s a hard one… We read the interview that Mike Rowbotham did on the Inside the Games website with JC Rolland “Bleak Future for Lightweights beyond Tokyo” […]

Winter Rowing Gloves user test results

Three new winter glove designs for rowers From our recent promotion we got testers from around the Rowperfect community to test out three new winter glove designs.  The products are below The Pro is the cheapest a straightforward thermal glove for rowing. The Elite incorporates thinner fabrics and has better breathability and blister prevention The […]

RowingHack: Resistance training

Tennis ball sliced for boat tie

Loading up your work is a great way to gain strength and skill in a rowing boat.  Having a bungee or rope under the hull gives an easy way to create extra loading on the athletes.  This can be used for all ages of rower and all expertise levels. The resistance slows down the boat […]

How to Go Lightweight

You asked the question, How to go Lightweight? There is no absolute answer, but firstly you must have a physique which is likely to enable you to hit the maximum weight requirement for rowing. This is best assessed with your coach and a nutritionist or sports doctor. There’s no point trying to be lightweight if […]

Successful Lightweight rowing body types

We answered a question last month about whether to try heavyweight rowing or lightweight. This prompted us to do some research into what are the natural body types which suit lightweight rowing and sculling. We found this slide deck by Jarek Mäestu of Sportlyser who has some data on the body sizes of Olympic and […]

Should I stay lightweight, or should I try and bulk up?

I’m 188cm tall and weigh 71kg, which is the weight I sit at naturally. Should I aim to stay lightweight or try and build some muscle over the summer? What a great question. I’m guessing you are young (under 25) and so your decision now will affect your rowing career for the next couple of […]

Top 5 Worst Ways to Get Rowing Blisters

Top 5 Worst Ways to Get Rowing Blisters rowperfect

The Most Horrific Ways to Get Rowing Blisters Nobody escapes blisters. They are the bane of our existence, as rowers. But we row hard and proudly wear our callouses earned from sustaining blister after blister. We bleed through the pain, bandage the damage, and go on because there IS no other way! 1. When you’re a beginner. […]

Why all rowers need gloves…. sometimes

Why all rowers need gloves sometimes Rowperfect

Rowing has a macho image, particularly with regard to “hardening up” and “being tough”.  This shows up mostly around walking barefoot at regattas and “patent recipes” to cure hand blisters (no, urinating on your hands does not harden the skin!). Every rower gets blisters sometimes.  Many find training camps particularly tough time because increasing training to […]