Failing to Plan Rowing is Planning to Fail, Part 2


Use your time efficiently

As promised in my last blog post, when I wrote about the importance with planning each session, here is an example of how I plan sessions.

The key points for me are the following:

  • What are we trying to achieve, physiologically and technically?
  • What are the limitations? Time, water, tiredness etc.
  • Focus on one thing at a time: Yes, ignore other problems and shortcomings while you work on the main goal of the outing.
  • Use every minute: Warm up should be part of the session, not just a routine we do because we always do it.
  • Have a structure for the session: Learn a skill or two, practice the skill, use the skill to make the boat faster.

Duncan Holland rowing coach

Try to end the session on a high note.

You can download your own copy of the Session Plan and try it yourself:

Rowing Coach Session Planning by Duncan Holland

Feedback and questions or criticisms welcome.

Duncan Holland


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