Category Archives: Technique

How to find your rowing strengths and weaknesses

A coaching mnemonic for rowers Over the years I have coached all age groups and have used the mnemonic F.I.T to help focus minds and discover where the strengths and weaknesses are in particular rowers. I have a board in the boathouse that I use to address both new and developing rowers. It asks the […]

Stretching hip flexors for rowing

Hip Flexor Stretches, rowing hip flexor

Found this really useful article on the Growing Bodies blog about hip flexors. The writer explains that they get tight and also “overactivity” in the hip flexor. Overactivity means you are using your hip flexors too much and they give two situations where this can happen – it’s best to adjust the stroke so you […]

I cannot sit straight in a rowing boat

I have been sculling for about two years now nearly always in a single scull. When I started in crew boats a few weeks ago I realised that I am leaning my back to the rIght and because of this my left shoulder is higher than my right. The thing is I can’t sit straight […]

Why a perfect rowing puddle is like an elephant’s rear end

elephant back view, rear end elephant

When you watch a golfer hit a shot many times they look down at their divot which they use as guidance as to what did or did not happen in their swing. When rowing I suppose our”divot” is a puddle. Can you read much into a puddle? Does such a thing as a perfect puddle […]

Rhythm in the rowing stroke

Sara Handershot Lombardi

Sara Lombardi from Rowfficient writes While a bit controversial, we do believe in ONE most efficient rhythm to achieve maximum speed and efficiency based on the biomechanics of the rowing stroke. The @kiwi_eight are doing a great job of displaying our ideal “One stroke at a time” rhythm, also known by many as a “gather […]

Racing Starts for rowing

rowing crew, racing rowers, world rowing

World Rowing Masters regatta is coming up, and I guess most of what can be done of preparation is done by now. However I cannot help but thinking about the start, and how to improve it. If not for anything else, so for next year’s regatta season. I stroke a Masters G and H 8+. I am […]

Our rowing eight can’t get in time

Rowing oars out of time.

Hi- When I row in an eight, I feel as if I am rowing uphill in wet cement. When we row by fours and I am in the 4 seat, the boat is stable, set and moving smoothly through the water. I am starting to hate rowing because I don’t see how we will ever […]

Teaching how to hinge from the hip in rowing

Rowing hinge from the hip by Joe de Leo

For coaches one of the most challenging techniques to teach to athletes is improving the body over position in the stroke cycle. Here is a brand new video where Joe de Leo helps rower Matt George improve his toe touch as well as teaching him to move from his hips. Moving from the hips in […]

How different is coastal rowing technique?

How Different, Exactly, is Coastal Rowing asks Ruth Marr from Rowing the World rowing vacations.   You are a flatwater rower intrigued by coastal rowing. What is this mountain biking of rowing? Swedish Olympic rower Lassi Karonen who rowed at the 2013 World Rowing Coastal Championships is quoted on the World Rowing website: “The similarity […]

The science behind heels up or heels down

Heels up towards catch

A guest post by Sara Hendershot Lombardi at Rowefficient. The science behind this rowing question should I have my Heels Up or Heels Down as I approach the catch?  It’s a perennial question. Let’s dig into the science here. We get this question a lot…should I be letting my heels come off the footplate when […]