Category Archives: Testing and selection

How to predict your crew’s 2k score (in 20 seconds)

2k erg, rowing test, ergo score

I’m not a great believer in predictions, especially when it comes to human effort. There’s too many variables that come into play. Yet, I sincerely believe in “edu-guessing” (making educated guesses) that get close to reality. That holds true when trying to a predict a team’s 2k erg scores. How to predict a team’s 2k […]

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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 […]

How to select rowing crews using RP3

rp3 force curves

This article will give you additional insight into whether your selected crew seating order is correct or could be improved. Test 2k weight adjusted Start off by getting the athletes to do a weight-adjusted and boat class-adjusted 2000 meter test. Set up the RP3 software to the boat type that you want (8s, 4s etc), […]

New Masters Rowing advice series

We’re very excited to be publishing the Faster Masters products now in individual chapter form.  Having got feedback from our readers, we realise that some people would prefer to buy what they need NOW rather than a full Faster Masters membership programme. And so today we’re releasing each episode from Faster Masters Gold membership individually. […]

How to find your Maximum Heart Rate for Rowing

How do I get my RP3 monitor to pick up a HR from my Garmin HR monitor reading? I can get the RP3 monitor display for HR, but no pulse! How do I synchronize the devices? Thank you! Seems you need a Polar Bluetooth to sync with Android tablet.  I have tried two different Polar […]

When the top erg score athlete gets dropped…..

Help, I am watching a competent rower with a top erg score and good seat racer from our squad get dropped.  The coach says it is because she’s “not developed as an athlete” or applied her ability. Well I am guessing you don’t think she should have been dropped.  Sadly it happens. Crew selection should be objective […]

Help! My 2k test was not good

I did an awful 2k score ( think I was tired as have been training a lot) and now have a week before a 2k test what’s the best preparation for the week ahead? One week to practice for a 2k test…. Make sure you get good rest, good nutrition and stretch your body daily. […]

Rowing Data collection – what should I measure?

We interviewed Steve Ludlow from the SAS Institute platform innovation team.  They are  the Official Analytics Partner of British Rowing and the GB Rowing Team. What data does rowing create? British Rowing creates vast quantities of data including the biomechanics from sensors on the water (recording 20 datapoints a second) down to medical data on the athletes […]

The dawn of verified erg scores

2k ergo test

Ever been tempted to be “economical with the truth” about your erg score?  This is probably the most important innovation for rowing this year….. The dawn of verified ergo scores When I started rowing, smartphones didn’t exist and the Nokia 3310 definitely could only play snake. Fast forward 13 years we now have smartphones capable […]

Race plans for coaches and coxswains part 2

That’s your crew approaching the 1000m mark. This should be interesting: there’s a big move planned at the 1000, 20 strokes to put pressure on the other crews; 20 strokes pushing as though they’re starting the race again . . . Right now, they’re lying third. The boat looks to be moving okaaay . . […]