Category Archives: Technique

Learn from role models: A man who coaches sporting perfection

James Cracknell, 46 has become the oldest ever Boat Race champion. His team mates refer to him as “Uncle James”. Cracknell, for sure became a role model for many of his team mates. (Photocredit: Guardian) Do rowers need to learn from role models? What rowers and rowing coaches can learn from others, also outside of […]

How to improve bad Rowing Technique

Great Rowing: Robert Manson. Photo Credit: WorldRowing One of our followers (let’s call him  Andrew) and guest has experienced something new to him. He is new in our sport and has been sculling since 10 month. He did a lot of slo-mo investigation at Elite rowers. I’ve been sculling in the single for 10 months […]

Teaching rowers Rhythm and Ratio

Moving Beyond a Simple Half Truth Let’s start by discussing an oft-cited and equally oft-misunderstood sacred cow: the idea of the 2 to 1 ratio between recovery and drive. This chestnut is something that is frequently used with beginning scullers and rowers when we are making our first efforts to teach them to slow down […]

How to Identify your Optimal Mental State

The few minutes from when a crew hears the gun till the end of the race often seem to be the toughest. What can you do to ensure your preparation has been perfect? You should have completed extensive physical training to prepare for the race, but how well was your mental aspect of the preparation […]

Be Prepared and the Best Cox Possible – A Coach’s Perspective

Well, the head races are on and the cox in these boat finds himself in challenging positions: Motivating the team. And coxing the crew for more than 25 minutes. Important enough to remind you on a few things  The Basics in Coxing: When in doubt, WEIGH ENOUGH, RUDER HALT, EASY OAR!!! I can’t stress the importance of this. If […]

How to get leg power as a novice

Junior girls sculling a double - doing drills

Really helpful article to read on Grip. I’m a beginner and struggling to feel the connection at the start of the drive with my legs, meaning my arms do all the work rather than my legs. This leaves me exhausted after 30 minutes or so. I also find I struggle to tap down at the […]

The Ultimate guide to teaching the rowing stroke

We published a series of blog posts about the stroke cycle to help you explain why we row like this and how to find out for yourself the most efficient methods of moving your body to drive a boat forward. Summary of the full stroke cycle article series. Stroke Cycle Refresher course summary Grip in […]

It’s Head Racing Season!

Pairs Head Rowing Racing on Tideway London

Head racing requires totally different tactics from side by side.  Mostly because the clock is a different motivator than another crew alongside you.  But that’s not the only difference. 5 Reasons Head Racing is the BEST It tests your personal motivation and drive – like no other. Steering is critical to success – it can […]

Rowing stroke rates rise at the Worlds

biorow, biomechanics rowing, Valery Kleshnev

The first World Championship of the new Olympic cycle 2017 was in Sarasota, USA. Moderate weather conditions allowed results close to the long-term trend (Fig.1): the average speed of the winning crews was 13th fastest over the past 25 years. The general trend shows a slow growth of the winners’ speed at 0.37% per year. […]