RowingChat with Kiwi Pair – Eric Murray

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Eric Murray
Eric Murray

Eric Murray best known as half of the Kiwi Pair. He is best known as double gold medalist at the 2012 London as well 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He won four consecutive World Rowing Championship gold medals and set 2 world best times.
He is also an indoor rowing record holder – in December 2011, Murray set a new world record on  a Concept 2 Dynamic Rowing Machine Murray went 18,728 meters in one hour.

At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Murray and teammate Hamish Bond took six seconds off the world record to 6:08.5 in their heat for the men’s coxless pair. In the Olympic final, Murray and Bond surged into the lead after the 500-meter mark to win the gold medal in 6:16.65 by open water. The victory capped an undefeated streak that began when Murray and Bond began racing the pair internationally in 2009.

What would you ask Eric?

Send in your questions for Eric in the comments below and let’s get the inside track on the legends that are the Kiwi Pair!

15 thoughts on “RowingChat with Kiwi Pair – Eric Murray

  1. Sebastian Prince says:

    My name is Sebastian prince I just want to say that you are an absolute legend and my dream one day is to be as good as you and Mr bond and Mr Drysdale you guys are my role models and I’m actually going to junior world champs in August this year for South Africa in the coxed four and I want to ask you what advise you can give me with regards to my training going forward and how I could mentally prepare myself for what comes my way!!

  2. Matt says:

    How do you use your legs more in the rowing stroke? I struggle to engage a strong leg drive at the beginning of the stroke. My legs go down too fast with no pressure on them and my my body and arms seem to swing lots after the drive and take a lot of weight to compensate. I struggle to rate high and get length at high rates because of this. When i see you erging your legs look engaged the whole way through the stroke, like they’re always applying force to the erg. How do i fix this?

  3. Tomas Masarik says:

    Hello, I’m from the Czech Republic and I would like ask you which training composition is best, because I heart that Ondrej Synek train very intensive workouts but short. What do you think about training composition?
    Regards,
    Tomas Masarik

  4. Mary Thompson says:

    Hi Eric. I was wondering what goes through your mind and how you get through that stage in a 2k erg when you feel like dying and you’re on the brink the passing out?

  5. Thomas Weil says:

    Are you a fan of Marmite? If not, how do you explain your success? If so, (a) how often do you eat it, (b) how did the destruction of the Marmite factory in the Christchurch earthquake affect your training and mental health, and (c) given its unique and unparalleled effects, do you think it should be added to the list of banned substances?

  6. Strength Coach Will says:

    “The Kiwi Pair doesn’t lift” is often bandied about on the Internet as rationalization for lack of strength training in other rowing programs, elite and otherwise. I’ve only been able to find passing mentions in interviews and articles, so I would be interested to hear his own account. Did he ever do strength training (bodyweight, bands, weights, etc.) in his life or career? Where does strength training fit (or not fit) into his philosophy of rowing training?

    Thanks!

  7. J Martin says:

    You were taller, bigger and stronger than the stroke man. You also had more leverage in the bow seat. How did you prevent the boat going round in circles?

  8. Gita Rezacova says:

    I’m wondering if you Eric have ever heard of 80/20 rule – 80% ut2 sessions and 20% really high intensity? I’m wondering how many percent of your training was UT2 and how many sessions at high intensity.

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