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Oar Inspired on Kickstarter

Take a look at the latest rowing related project on Kickstarter from Aussie outfit, Oar Inspired.  It’s an … read more

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Take a look at the latest rowing related project on Kickstarter from Aussie outfit, Oar Inspired. oarinspired

It’s an instrumented oarlock, footplate and digital display product set.

As the project team say

True performance measurement has to start with “What” each crew member is contributing, and that means measuring what each oar is doing and how it is contributing to the speed of the boat.

The Oar Inspired Solution was based around these three pivotal elements:

Communication: Communication between coach and crews is always challenging. Too often, crews are off the water before real issues could be addressed, meaning the waste of a valuable coaching resource and precious training time reinforcing bad technique.

Embracing the Discomfort: Rowing is a sport that has been built on “feeling”. Many changes in rowing feel uncomfortable or awkward, and often the muscle-patterning and discipline required sees positive changes wrongly discarded as awkward. However with perseverance and real-time feedback, positive change can become a reality.

Retention: Training is as much about developing muscle memory as it is about fitness and strength. Every stroke taken is developing muscle memory. This muscle memory can either be to improve your technique, or on the contrary, without appropriate feedback, muscle-patterning will continue to engrain poor technique and thus harder to rectify. For change to occur, constant relative feedback is required. The feedback must not be obtrusive and not inhibit the experience of the sport.

About Rebecca Caroe
Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe

4 thoughts on “Oar Inspired on Kickstarter

  1. Good to see @OarInspired being highlighted by ,is a good fit as both allow u to focus on improving force curves and boat motion

  2. Am a backer and would recommend anyone looking to try and improve their on the water technique to consider backing as well. Measuring power has a lot of advantages over GPS/impeller speed coaches as it means the stream/wind doesn’t affect your output, making it easier to see improvements, plus in crew boats it makes like a lot easier seeing how everyone’s power curves match up rather than having to rely on feel

  3. Thanks for helping raise awareness to our campaign Rowperfect! To anyone who may be interested, any pledge you can make to help us get to our goal of $70,000 would be greatly appreciated. This is only the beginning of what we think we can bring to the rowing world!

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