Category Archives: Training

Guest Blog: Winter Workouts: Why do Rowers Fear the Erg?

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I am really frustrated by our sport when it comes to the erg being viewed as a torture device rather than a helpful tool that people can enjoy. This negative mindset, which is extremely contagious, plagues the sport, preventing athletes from training to their potential and possibly serving as one of the reasons that careers […]

New Website: RowingStronger.com

Hello, Rowperfect readers! Will Ruth aka “Strength Coach Will” here from StrengthCoachWill.com, the Rowperfect e-book, “Rowing Stronger: Strength Training to Maximize Your Rowing Performance,” guest blogs here, and the Strength Coach Roundtable podcast on the Rowing Chat Network. I’m writing to let you all know that I’ve moved all of my rowing content to my […]

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 […]

Rowing Camp Venues – the best and the rest

rowing camp, venue rowing, rowing lake accommodation

Rowperfect wants to compile a list of rowing camp venues accessible from the UK. We know that a lot of people travel abroad for camps – but where are the best ones? I am a coach at Loch Lomond Rowing Club in Scotland, and am hoping to run a training camp for our juniors next […]

Magic secrets of top rowing coaches

Advanced Rowing Book

We all want to know the deep secrets of top rowing coaches.  Surely they must do things that “normal” coaches don’t do? Charles Simpson is the co-author of Advanced Rowing and shares his deeper thoughts about rowing, life and how to become a better rower and coach. Why did I choose to write this book? […]

GB Rowers get funky in ACAI Activewear

Holly NOrton, GB Rowing, ACAI ACtivewear

ACAI Activewear have teamed up with two international rowers, Karen Bennett and Holly Norton for all their training apparel needs along with sports bras. Karen and Holly have described in their own words why they have chosen to team up with ACAI and felt that they were a good match. “We have both always loved […]

Calling rowers over 85kg with leg pain

The Danish lightweight experts in rowing with leg and bottom pain have improved their rowing seat pad the ProW by adding a new model. Designed for athletes over 85 kg (mostly men) the HIGH Rowing Seat Pad ProW and the HIGH Rowing Seat pad ProW Adjustable are stiffer and higher than the regular seat pad […]

Why your race was not as good as your practice

Exhausted Rowers.

Was your Henley disappointing?  Did your crew fail to row as well in the competition as you did during practices? You aren’t alone – there are many reasons why your particular crew may have failed to live up to your expectations.  Let’s run through some that you can use to improve for next year. Make […]

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 […]

Rowing and the “keto” diet

Quote from Andrew Hamilton via Christopher George.  This is about the Ketogenic (keto) Diet for endurance athletes. “One longer-term low-carbohydrate approach that appears to be becoming more popular with athletes trying to increase fat burning is the use of a very low-carbohydrate, high fat diet – also known as the “keto diet”. The keto diet […]