Category Archives: Rowing

Gender imbalance in rowing

Some weeks ago we have reported about the change of the Olympic rowing schedule and a FISA decision in 2017. The lightweight men’s four was removed from the Olympic programme in favour of the women’s four, which last appeared at the Games in Barcelona. Canada won gold; Great Britain finished eighth. This is the first […]

Horizontal loading and Rowing – linking the gym to the boat

What’s the difference between rowing and your normal exercises in the gym? Read the following post from our partner BATLogic  about horizontal loading and rowing It would be easy to take the mountain of biomechanical data about running, walking or weightlifting and attempt to apply it to the rowing movement. However the building blocks of […]

One Thing to Teach Scullers to Do Better (Part 4)

Five Drills for Teaching/Learning the Use of the Hands in Sculling. 1. Learning to maintain the wrists “flat and neutral during the Extraction – (Square-Blade Paddling): Avoid the use of the word “drop” – It is very negative, and refers to something which happens by accident, rather than by design, eg., “drop the blade out […]

Rowing the Erg in the Hospital

This is a story about a very strong individual. Dan Lynch. Dan is a 58 year-old rower fighting a rare cancer diagnosis (Mantle Cell Lymphoma). He proudly continued to row through the last 18 month of his treatment. His erg is with him in the hospital.  Dan will row the Great Lakes challenge organized by […]

One Thing to Teach Scullers to Do Better (Part 3)

Another Concept in Sculling is the different Prime Roles of each hand:   This concept in coaching seems less known. Since both arms, and both sides of the body, have to accommodate the cross-over asymmetry, the fact is that each hand/arm has a different prime role during the drive phase and during the recovery phase. […]

One Thing to Teach Scullers to Do Better (Part 1)

My answer to a Question on Sculling Technique from Rebecca Caroe during an interview for RowingChat in the Autumn of 2017.  I have now re-edited and expanded this article – June – 2020 – (Apologies that the photos are from my international coaching era!). Q:  When watching sculling today, what’s the number one thing you […]

User testing Coxmate SX at City of Bristol RC

Coxmate SX

We used the Coxmate SX as a comparison against a mixture of NK, Home build and Cox Orbs. As the NK units gradually fail we now purchase CoxOrbs but wanted to test against Coxmate to see we are getting the most effective amplifier. First impressions: Clear display, better battery life, simple to use as a […]