Category Archives: Psychology

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

Exhausted Rowers.

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 […]

Passengers, or what can a masters crew do with a free rider

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One of the glories of rowing is that a boat is only as fast as the slowest crew member. Unless all the members are contributing the boat will not be fast.  I say this is one of the glories of the sport because it means that, unlike a football team, a basketball team ora hockey team, […]

Sculling lighter

Rowperfect was privileged to be given this email exchange between Jim Joy (Rowperfect author) and one of his athletes.  Read and enjoy a contemplative rowing read. Good Morning Coach.. Think we got enough snow eh? So this piece is spot on..the touch of the hand to the handle, the way we present ourselves to the […]