Rebecca emailed us to ask “Do you have a blog post about stretching of the glutes and back? If not do you have any tips of advice on how to maximize the flexibility of the main muscles used in rowing ? thanks”
Here are links to two articles that you may find helpful. Both by Ben Rodford who has written extensively on how to be your own support team for rowing.
I personally find that Yoga for Rowers is the book with the best stretches for glutes. We sell it in our shop as a print or e book.
From my own experience, doing stretches before and after each and every outing is the best way to recover from stiffness and also improve flexibility and strength for the future.
The stretch in the photo “pigeon yoga post” with the back leg straight is amazing for glutes – you can also lie on the ground stretching your arms past your front leg. I found this very helpful when I first started sculling and was using my bum muscles properly for the first time!
What do you think works well?