Why rowers should avoid bench pull

By Rebecca Caroe

Why are you so against bench pulls?  Will Ruth is the author of Rowing Stronger.  He Writes Bench pull is a less effective exercise for rowing and muscular development than many other pulling exercises, plus it has a very high injury risk for an already-too-common rowing injury. Low specificity to rowing. There’s never a point […]

Teaching timing to rowing beginners

By Rebecca Caroe

I lead a class teaching learn to row to adult beginners. It was too windy to row that weekend and so we ended up in the gym. Take a look at the videos showing what we did. I paired an experienced rower with a beginner Each pair held a one meter long piece of plastic tubing […]

Rowing using the Alexander Technique

By Rebecca Caroe

Rowing Technique from a Holistic Perspective is a personal insight into whole-body rowing from an expert Alexander Technique and Tai-chi teacher, Jonathan Drake. If you have ever had an injury, you will know how challenging this was to recover from.  Jonathan Drake shares his insights into how to make rowing “easier” on the body with […]

Learn to row camp: Photo Credit Long Beach Rowing

Kids Rowing Camps for Summer

By Rebecca Caroe

What are the best Summer Rowing camps for 14 year olds worldwide? My daughter has 1 solid year rowing and top 10 provincial Erg scores. Some days the Rowperfect mailbag comes in with the BEST questions.  I particularly like new challenges where we have not previously written on the topic.  Aimee’s question was one of […]

I get sculling blisters on my left hand, why?

By Rebecca Caroe

Hello, I am a relatively novice sculler (18 months) and I get blisters only on the left hand. What does that mean? Does it tell something I should stop from doing ? Thanks Your blisters are a sign of your grip on the oar handle.  If you get blisters only on one hand, you’re holding […]

Help I am moving my steering toe too much

By Rebecca Caroe

I am the steersman for my crew.  And I find that I am moving my toe steering too much. I have a really bad habit of getting a good point originally, but then moving my feet without noticing and going towards port. I’ve asked about locking the toe steering but my coach isn’t a fan. […]

How Thames Rowing Club used RPs to win Henley Royal

By Rebecca Caroe

Thames Rowing Club in London are in the process of continuing to upgrade the club ergos to RP3 rowing machines.  Their Head Coach, Ben Lewis, sent us this video about their 2015 win at Henley Royal Regatta last summer.  He credits the RPs as an integral part of the crew’s training regime which led them […]

Rowing back injury mobility stretches

By Rebecca Caroe

We published the ebook Managing and Avoiding Back Injury earlier in the month and have updated it with three additional T-Spine Mobility stretches kindly supplied by Blake Gourlay. If you have already purchased the book – go into your Rowperfect Shop account and you can download it again – you’ll find page 17 includes these […]