Category Archives: Masters

Masters 1k racing training programme

1K Racing: A 3-month training programme for athletes preparing to race 1000-metre events

We know winter isn’t over yet – but many masters rowers will be starting to look forward to summer 1k racing.  The Masters National championships and of course the FISA Masters regatta in Sarasota, FL, USA during September 2018. Today we have published our first ever training programme ebook 1K Racing – a 3 month training […]

Boat set-up for the inflexible

Rowing rigging, rowing inflexible,

Marlene Royle has some rigging tips for situations when you have an athlete who is not flexible and finds it hard to get into the correct position for rowing.  These originated in the Rowing Technique and Aging podcast episode. And are covered in more detail in the Adapting Technique ebook.  First set the heights Marlene advises […]

RowingChat: Rowing Technique and Aging

Rowing technique and aging

Masters rowing is one of the fastest growing parts of the sport.  Yet aging places compromises onto the rowing and sculling stroke. Expert masters rowing coach, Marlene Royle joins Rebecca Caroe on this episode of RowingChat to discuss rowing technique and aging. Listen to RowingChat Technique and Aging on SoundCloud Timestamps to the interview 01:00 […]

How long should I train on the erg?

BJSM lower back pain rowers

I’m trying to locate an article from some months back, with no luck. It was written by an Irish woman rower, who also was an exercise physiologist or with some other credentials. The thrust of it was about caution by Masters, and us Veterans, when using ergs for long periods of time, and a greater […]

Why do body mobility stretches for rowing?

Half kneeling chops were the video demonstration we published from Greg Spooner last month. But we wanted to know more about what the benefits are for rowers and coaches? Greg writes…. “Half-Kneeling Chops are an extremely effective movement to utilize for either your pre-row warmup or post-row cool-down.  This mobility-maker is a key way to […]

Focus on the catch

The Rowing Stroke Cycle ebook cover

Placing the blade before you push.  Possibly the hardest thing to do in rowing. Here’s a round-up of expert insight from the Rowperfect blog archive to help you out. Firstly – what is the catch? Duncan Holland explains in his rowing stroke cycle series – Catch.  From that link you can get to all 6 […]

Teamer At The Ready For Marlow Manager

Winners at Henley Veterans Regatta

It will be another busy season for the members of Marlow Rowing Club Women’s Masters. Starting with the Marlow Spring Regatta and culminating in September’s Master World Championships in Bled, not to mention the many coaching sessions and events in between, it’s fair to say that the organisers will have their work cut out again this season. […]

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 […]

The rowing stroke “sweet spot” for head racing

rowing stroke data analysis

Sander Roosendaal is on a mission to find the optimal pace for his single scull when doing head races.  In this article he explains how he is experimenting with his working hypothesis that the ideal stroke is in a sweet spot where three parameters (power, force and stroke length) are optimised, a bit like in […]