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Teaching timing to rowing beginners

I lead a class teaching learn to row to adult beginners. It was too windy to row that weekend … read more

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I lead a class teaching learn to row to adult beginners. It was too windy to row that weekend and so we ended up in the gym.
Take a look at the videos showing what we did.

I paired an experienced rower with a beginner

Each pair held a one meter long piece of plastic tubing (cheap from the builders merchants) in their (left / right) hand so their handles are connected.

They row together and the experienced athlete sets a clear “pattern” of the stroke and the novice can feel their movement through the connected handle.

What the beginner rower learns

They can tell

  • Arms / body sequence off the backstops
  • Timing of push at front stops
  • Tap down at the finish

Compare the two pairs in the next video – the one on the left are a bit more synchronised.  But the pair on the right got the idea very quickly!

Connected Rowing Machines

The RP3 is a rowing machine where you can buy Link Bars to join two RP3 machines together and also a handle connector giving you maximum opportunity to teach your crew how to combine their power in the rowing stroke.

RP3, Handle, rowing machine, connect RP3 RP3 Handle Connector

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
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