Category Archives: Sculling

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 […]

Choosing a Single Scull for Masters Rowers

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I’m looking to buy a single scull for myself, are you able to advise? I’m an intermediate masters rower, with about 6 years experience in rowing. I row in pretty harsh conditions, tidal salt water with high chances of grounding at times and will be stored outside in a cover. I compete occasionally, and am […]

How to Choose a Rowing Club

I have been coaching a young athlete who has ambitions to row at the Olympics – one of the things we discussed was how to choose the right rowing club for her. Setbacks and Red Herrings First, I was very frustrated by being asked for advice (which club to join) only to find that many […]

Top 3 Stretches in Rowing

Stretches in rowing

I get asked a lot of questions on Quora – here is one example What are the 3 Most Important stretches in rowing? I think asking for the most important stretches in rowing is not the right question to ask.  Because everyone has a different body and differing flexibility. I would reverse the question and […]

The drive in rowing technique

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The drive phase is the part of the stroke where the athletes move the boat. That happens during the time the blades are in the water: from the time the blades are placed in the water at the catch to the time that the blades are extracted from the water at the finish. The drive […]

How to row faster with just 30 minutes training

How anybody can make you row faster in only 30 minutes? What is the secret? Focus on 2 key things There are two things that make you go faster at any given rate and both are related to your power curve or power application. We all should know that the only thing that makes the […]

Prognostic Olympic Times – Part 4 – Calculators for rowing and erg

What do you think of the last episodes of our “prognostic” series? According Bio Row , a company having an scientific approach to row smarter – Prognostic” or “Gold Standard” times are widely used in rowing practice for evaluation of training and racing speeds, crew selections, etc. Very often World Best Times (WBT) are used […]

Principles of Fast Learning: How to Row Faster

Emma sent us a great question: “How to maximise your training sessions on the water to become very good really quickly?” Dear Emma, learning quick is not so easy. Most of our rowing exercises need time. But there are some general rules to improve a quick learning ability: Principles of fast learning Find someone with […]

Sculling with long finger nails – ladies only!

Look at this picture. Who says, she has a problem at sculling with long finger nails? Sculling with long finger nails What’s your experience? Do you scratch the back of your hands or knuckles on your right hand? We have a lot of international athletes rowing with long finger nails. Have a look at Maria […]