Category Archives: Training

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 […]

Stretching hip flexors for rowing

Hip Flexor Stretches, rowing hip flexor

Found this really useful article on the Growing Bodies blog about hip flexors. The writer explains that they get tight and also “overactivity” in the hip flexor. Overactivity means you are using your hip flexors too much and they give two situations where this can happen – it’s best to adjust the stroke so you […]

Squat technique

776BC athletic clothes, rowing clothing,

Squat technique is difficult to learn. Using Innovative clothing that maps your body you can see more clearly how you move and learn the correct lifting technique faster. The Team at 776BC design performance clothing.  They have markers on the outside so it’s easier to see how your limbs are moving and a coach can […]

Will you race FISA Masters this year?

rowing 1k training program, Marlene Royle, Will Ruth

There are three months to go before race day!  If you need a training programme, get Marlene Royle’s 1k Racing program and Will Ruth’s 1k Strength Training Program for your crew. Both are written as a 3 month training programme. FISA Masters 1k racing training plan Within these rowing training programs you will find: In […]

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 […]

When sleep is not giving rowing recovery

Athlete asleep

I have a question involving rowing recovery. Basically I hate going to bed sore and waking up feeling worse, and I’m wondering what is the best position to sleep in and how to potentially use pillows as support for my traps lats and lower back? We took this question from a reader to our expert […]

Gig rowers “arse” cure

It’s the start of the Gig Racing Season and you are both loving and hating it. Why?  Well the strain on your body is tough – blisters, sore fingers, “gigger’s arse” and other ailments are happening and you probably wish they’d go away. We can’t promise a magic wand but Rowperfect has a bunch of […]

Transitioning novice rowers from head to regatta racing

MSU Novice Rowers

I am the novice development captain for my rowing club and I am currently thinking ahead, to regatta season. I was wondering what is best for the novices (on the erg) when it comes to transitioning from head to regatta season?  In terms of the novice winter training, they mainly did UT2’s to get used to […]

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 […]