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Rowing Technique: Should you tap down at the finish on the erg?

We got a question from a reader: Karen writes “On a rowing machine, should you tap down at … read more

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We got a question from a reader:

Karen writes

“On a rowing machine, should you tap down at the finish or not? We have been having much debate at our rowing club!!!

You appear to get better times if you don’t, but its not technically correct if you are a rower..”

What do you think Karen’s club should do?

Join the discussion on Rowperfect ‘s Facebook page where we first posted her question

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One thought on “Rowing Technique: Should you tap down at the finish on the erg?

  1. I have always thought of the erg as a teaching tool. You teach proper technique here and transfer it to the boat. I had the privelege of taking the adaptive 2x to London this past year. Every time they used the erg they practiced as if they were (in thier heads) in a race so technique and timming was very important to them.The fast times showed in the boat. One of the athletes had only rowed less then one year and won a bronze medal
    Also I have found in the past teaching to tap down at the finish on the machine reinforces tapping down with the forarm and not dumping the wrist at the finish.

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