Category Archives: Technique

Ivan Hooper on guidance to coaches on using indoor rowing machines and injury prevention

static versus dynamic ergo

Ivan Hooper works for Rowing Australia as a Sports Science / Sports Medicine Coordinator and this is an advisory note he circulated in approx 2012. His slides are at the bottom of the page along with recommendations for rowing coaches on how to prevent injuries from rowing on ergos. Since I sent out some comments […]

Focus on the catch

The Rowing Stroke Cycle ebook cover

Placing the blade before you push.  Possibly the hardest thing to do in rowing. Here’s a round-up of expert insight from the Rowperfect blog archive to help you out. Firstly – what is the catch? Duncan Holland explains in his rowing stroke cycle series – Catch.  From that link you can get to all 6 […]

Duncan Holland: How I try to teach good rowing

To coach a skill such as rowing you need a technical  model.  I have such a model which is a result of all my rowing and the things I’ve learned from all the fantastic rowers and coaches and coaches,.  I don’t pretend it’s anything new or different.  It’s  close to standard New Zealand rowing. This is […]

One thing to teach scullers to do better

Tim Crooks sculling at Henley

When planning my interview with Penny Chuter for RowingChat, I wanted to ask her When watching rowing today, what’s the number one thing you think you’d like to teach athletes how to do better? We ran out of time during the interview – but I asked her off -air and her answer was instructional. Teach […]

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 […]

Pairs Head steering for novices

Pairs Head Rowing Racing on Tideway London

I’m a novice and I will be racing the Tideway Pairs Head of the River on 14th October.  Can you give me steering advice? It’s the start of the new head racing season and we have already had a reader enquiry. First job for you is to get our exclusive expert How To steer the […]

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There is no shortage of training advice for rowers. “Train more”, “Avoid the black hole”, “Train smarter” (whatever that means), “Train like the Danes”, “Avoid junk meters”.  The best research has found that what works best for one rower might not work for another. So what can you do? Plan. Execute. Measure. Adjust. Repeat. Today […]

RP3 takes Calvin Tarczy from Zero to Hero

World rowing, Calvin Tarczy, GB Rowing, RP3, Rowperfect

Calvin Tarczy is a junior international who represented Great Britain in the 4- winning gold this summer.  He studies at St Paul’s School in London and is coached by Bobby Thatcher – himself a former international coached by Harry Mahon on the first generation of Rowperfects.  Calvin attributes his success at stepping up to selection […]

Teaching rowing co-ordination

One of the hardest things to coach in rowing and sculling is co-ordination. How to move in time with other people in the boat.  This is particularly hard to teach in a wobbly rowing boat where the coach cannot get close up to position the athletes’ bodies. RP3 is the rowing machine that feels like […]