Category Archives: Technique

The Rowing Mind – Performance Under Pressure (Part 1)

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My passion for rowing began 6 years ago at university. It was a definite change to my previous sports, football and boxing, but it turned out to be a sound fit; it needed the stamina, determination and psychological resilience of boxing but also the team spirit of football. Three years into my university education I […]

How to Get Leg Power as a Novice

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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 drive in rowing technique

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The drive phase is the part of the stroke where the athletes move the boat. That happens during the time the blades are in the water: from the time the blades are placed in the water at the catch to the time that the blades are extracted from the water at the finish. The drive […]

How to row faster with just 30 minutes training

How anybody can make you row faster in only 30 minutes? What is the secret? Focus on 2 key things There are two things that make you go faster at any given rate and both are related to your power curve or power application. We all should know that the only thing that makes the […]

Principles of Fast Learning: How to Row Faster

Emma sent us a great question: “How to maximise your training sessions on the water to become very good really quickly?” Dear Emma, learning quick is not so easy. Most of our rowing exercises need time. But there are some general rules to improve a quick learning ability: Principles of fast learning Find someone with […]

Rowing Prognostic Times – Part 1 – What Are Prognostic Times?

How to use prognostic times coaching rowing How fast do my crews have to be to win a gold medal? Today, we were thinking of reposting some of our experts post written a while ago. Rowperfect had started a series of blog posts on “prognostic” or “gold standard” times.  Written by sports science expert, Ainhoa […]

Slide bites, rowers bum and calf skin protection

Slide bites or how to spot a rower walking down the street . . . Ok, picture this – it’s summertime.  You’re walking downtown and ahead of you is a girl (or guy – you choose): tall, bronzed, lean, athletic-looking . . .she’s looking good and you cast your eye downwards to the flick of […]

Dyneema Calf Skin protection: So popular

Announcing our Rowperfect Dyneema Calf Skin protection Dyneema Calf Skin Protection for rowing …  is necessary when the boat comes into contact with delicate skin! We have been searching for quiet some time to find out about the right material for calf skin protection: When you check the market, you might find calf skin protection […]

Masters Regatta Racing Starts for rowing

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Here is a question from our audience. It arrived a while ago. We have asked our experts to answer… 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. […]

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 […]