Category Archives: Technique

Jim Joy versus the Rowing Stroke

Jimmy Joy - rowing coach

One of our popular rowing expert authors is Jimmy Joy – founder of the Joy of Sculling conference and author of books on the subject.  He takes an unique approach to our sport.  I received this message from him recently. Hi Rebecca: At the urging of friends I have taken ownership of the stroke cycle. […]

What causes skying at the catch?

Perfect catch backsplash rowing,

What are the most probable rigging / sequencing causes of recovering with blades too high off the water / dipping the hands at the catch and skying the blade? So first things first – if someone is rigged too high, they may have difficulty putting the blades fully under the water at the catch. Check […]

The rowing stroke catch – a millisecond

The catch is one of the most important parts of the rowing stroke and it’s over in a fraction of time. It probably takes between 0.3-04 second for the catch to be executed. And during that timeframe, the athlete has to steady themselves into the front, have the blade square, turn their core on, put […]

Robbie Manson’s sculling style

Robbie Manson at the catch, poised (with a relaxed neck and shoulders), powerful, connected, maximally compressed in his legs like a coiled spring. The beginning of the drive: as the legs begin driving the hips back, his back immediately works hard against the legs, the spine elongating itself, reaching its maximum length below left : […]

Teaching the swing for rowing stroke

Coaching Rowing Swing

In Marlene’s description of the sculling stroke she describes preferring applying the swing earlier in the stroke than what other coaches have instructed (legs, back, arms)  please provide the rationale for this preference. Marlene Royle’s answer: I do not coach an extremely segmented style, I coach a more collected style emphasizing drive suspension and body […]

Boat set-up for the inflexible

Rowing rigging, rowing inflexible,

Marlene Royle has some rigging tips for situations when you have an athlete who is not flexible and finds it hard to get into the correct position for rowing.  These originated in the Rowing Technique and Aging podcast episode. And are covered in more detail in the Adapting Technique ebook.  First set the heights Marlene advises […]

More tips on improving the recovery

Sculling technique the recovery.

One of our most popular posts is about how to improve the recovery.   A reader asked this great supplementary question: How do jelly legs if the same muscles need to move you up the slide to the catch? When the boat already has momentum from your previous power stroke, you will find that you can […]

How to check a neutral spine

hands behind head, neutral spine

During the podcast RowingChat with Marlene Royle she mentioned an easy way to demonstrate the “neutral spine” position for your athletes. [It’s at 19 minutes if you want to listen]. The safest position for a spine is neutral How to find the neutral spine position – simply put your hands clasped behind your neck your […]

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 […]