Category Archives: Testing and selection

Crew Watch App

CrewWatch app, rowing app

Crew Watch is an app made by rowers for rowers that aims to solve many of the common struggles associated with coaching rowing. The Crew Watch team is comprised of Matthew Fournier and Patrick McVey, who have both been heavily involved in the Canadian rowing community for the past twelve years, as both athletes and […]

How to find your rowing strengths and weaknesses

A coaching mnemonic for rowers Over the years I have coached all age groups and have used the mnemonic F.I.T to help focus minds and discover where the strengths and weaknesses are in particular rowers. I have a board in the boathouse that I use to address both new and developing rowers. It asks the […]

Emotional Intelligence for Coaching Rowing

Chris Shambrook: Intelligence for Coaching  Discuss the most rewarding coaching experience you ever had round the table.  What did you feel like? Emotional intelligence for coaching rowing First task Write down 4/5 words about the athletes who are easiest to coach Alongside write down 4/5 words about how you feel when coaching them Chicken or […]

What is the Future of Rowing Data?

15 Second Carotid Artery Heart Rate

There are a lot of different rowing data apps around nowadays and we have written about them on the blog in the past. The key to writing a good rowing data app is three things Easy collection of data points Easy interpretation Easy adaptation of your future training There are a very few rowing club […]

Seat Racing preferences for New Zealander, David Lindstrom

We sent the Seat Racing ebook out to review with coaches, athletes and coxswains and here is a selection of their insights. David Lindstrom, Former New Zealand Selector Briefly I feel the Seat Racing articles are very informative and give a balanced opinion on how to select crews. From my experience with the NZ Junior […]

Would you review our Seat Racing book?

Rowing seat racing book

We’ve just published a new ebook on Seat Racing for crew selection and we are keen to get some reviewers.  Read on to find out how. Seat Racing can be confusing There are a lot of different ways to run seat racing – we even found coaches and coxswains who advocate AGAINST using it for […]

Vlad Timinski (CAN) 1k race video

GoPro in single scull rowing 2k

This is his first 2k race of the year – it’s clearly cold and so I wouldn’t expect fast times.  I think he did about 7.37. What’s interesting is his breathing – you can hear him inhale at the catch and exhale at the finish.  This implies that he inhales again during the recovery.  Is […]

How to win a seat race – 5 rules

rowing crew, racing rowers, world rowing

Well the obvious answer is Doh….make the boat go faster than the guy you’ve been switched with is the way to win a seat race. This is a guest post by the LaunchExhaust Blog (sadly discontinued) but you can read the archive here. Ok, snarky, sarcastic, obvious comment aside, selection time is upon many teams […]

Training Camp Venues – let’s make a big list

We know that there are great places around the world where you can go on training camp. Can the Rowperfect global community help us create a master list of places, contacts and recommendations? We’ve started creating a list with the help of Ming Zou (who added the Chinese column headings). Please review and edit and […]

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 […]