A guest post from Carlos Dinares
Carlos Dinares believes that there is way to train better and accelerate the learning process and become a more efficient rower. One of the tools that Carlos is using is the Rowperfect3. With this rowing machine that simulates the dynamics of rowing on the water, Carlos develops different training programs to increase skill, coordination, speed, power and others.
Carlos Dinares knows that one of the biggest limitations of our sport on the water is to change the rigging in the same practice. It is too difficult and it takes too much time. Think about any athlete that works with different loads on the land doing the same sport movement to develop speed, power, coordination, endurance … We cannot do this on the water because it takes too much time and solutions like bungee work don’t have the same effect. None of those really achieves what it will be achieved with a lighter or heavier rigging. With the bungee we are changing the way the boat feels. When we add a bungee or drag something the boat doesn’t glide the same way. When we sit out some rowers the mass of the boat increases a lot and the timing gets affected and the dynamics of rowing similarly.
Another big limitation of rowing is that we don’t have direct feedback from a computer every stroke that is telling us if what we are doing is good or not and what works and what doesn’t.
To get better training effects, Carlos uses the Rowperfect3 to:
- Row at altitude with mask and altitude generators.
- Develop the coordination of the stroke with the feedback of the software.
- Develop consistency of the stroke by repeating the same Joules x stroke every repetition at a given rate and intensity.
- Develop speed by rowing with a very low drag factor and doing speed pieces at 50 and 60 strokes a minute full lenght.
- Develop power per stroke (PPS) by rowing a very high drag factor. The advantage is that by doing it on the Dynamic erg and not the stationary your back is more protected. Also the advantage of doing this on the RP3 over the water is that the position with the arms is stronger and better protects the ribs from injury.
- Do good training on the RP3 so you don’t lose body strength and coordination when the conditions on the water are bad. This is very good for places that freeze or have plenty of bad days from storms or power boats.
Every rower that visits the Lake Samish training center finds within Carlos Dinares’ training system with the RP3 and his software a huge potential for increase of speed on the water.