Category Archives: Lightweight

Alternatives to weight limits for rowing

Lightweight men rowing

Should the rowing community be looking to alternatives to weight limited classes for racing rowing?  Thanks to Georgia who wrote this comment on our article Why Lightweight Rowing can be Dangerous.   Wow. In a sport where height and lever length is everything, the focus is on weight! Take the focus away from weight and […]

Calling all Rowers in New York City

US lightweight rowers support club

The US Lightweight Rowing Association invites you to Thursday, June 14th 6pm-9pm If you are in NYC this week (or want to make the trip) stop by and meet some fellow rowers, celebrate the opening of the Rowing Blazers store, and support the Lightweights training this summer for U23 Worlds. Catch your old college boat […]

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 […]