Category Archives: Psychology

Jim Joy versus the Rowing Stroke part 2

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What are we looking for when we are observing someone out on the river in a single shell? For me, whether the person is a sculler or a slugger depends on two major qualities. Does the shell pause momentarily in its sliding forward and does the bow sink below the horizontal at the release. These […]

Winner in CTL competition

Congratulations to Hannah from Trinity Lutheran Rowing Club in Australia who won our competition to get one month’s free access to the Crossing the Line Sport athlete wellbeing webinars. If you fancy getting more competition entries – join the Rowperfect newsletter.  Every month we pick one subscriber at random to win.  It could be YOU!

Mental skills for athletes webinars – WIN 1 month free

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Crossing the Line Sport has teamed up with Rowperfect to offer you the chance to win one month webinar access in a free competition.  Read on for how to win. An athlete/player’s intense training and competing schedule leaves little time for education and personal development. Crossing the Line (experts in supporting athletes) have responded to […]

Guest Blog: Winter Workouts: Why do Rowers Fear the Erg?

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I am really frustrated by our sport when it comes to the erg being viewed as a torture device rather than a helpful tool that people can enjoy. This negative mindset, which is extremely contagious, plagues the sport, preventing athletes from training to their potential and possibly serving as one of the reasons that careers […]

How does Alexander Technique help rowing?

Jonathan Drake, author of the ebook Rowing from a Holistic Perspective was interviewed on a podcast called Body Learning. In the 25 minute podcast he focuses on rowing from a wider perspective in relation to the Alexander Technique  Have a listen to How the Alexander Technique can help you take advantage of the fitness benefits […]

Must be rowing in July

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Charles Sweeney wrote this lyrical essay about his July rowing on the Masters Rowing International Facebook Group The humidity wraps itself around you like an itchy blanket the moment you walk outside. It’s — once again — still dark when you put the boats in. To the not-quite-healed injury that kept you off the water […]

Why your race was not as good as your practice

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Was your Henley disappointing?  Did your crew fail to row as well in the competition as you did during practices? You aren’t alone – there are many reasons why your particular crew may have failed to live up to your expectations.  Let’s run through some that you can use to improve for next year. Make […]

Coaching psychology: Conditional Praise

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  THE CONTEXT: As some parents and coaches continue to rely on what I call “conditional praise” as a form of motivation, I hope they’re aware of some of the unintended consequences.  When I was a young boy competing in sports I spent a good lot of my time in the pursuit of approval—praise—from those […]

Coaching Crew – Seven Bricks of Wisdom

The 7 Bricks of Rowing Coaching Wisdom

A guest post by Bob Greatorex: I can add little to the extensive literature available on training techniques so will address areas less often discussed.  I find analogies useful and advise crews to break challenges down into component parts.  I call it the ‘Brick Wall Analogy’.  Lay one brick at a time.  If each brick […]

When the top erg score athlete gets dropped…..

Help, I am watching a competent rower with a top erg score and good seat racer from our squad get dropped.  The coach says it is because she’s “not developed as an athlete” or applied her ability. Well I am guessing you don’t think she should have been dropped.  Sadly it happens. Crew selection should be objective […]