Troy Howell from Craftsbury Outdoor Center was our guest this week on RowingChat – he’s an expert sculling coach and the author of the book Ease and Comfort in the Boat
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Timestamps and topics we covered
0:00 Introduction and coaching CV
08:00 What do you do when coaching a new crew for the first time?
09:00 Good rowing looks simple -set aside the superfluous
10:00 Good coaching is intuitive – be wise enough to be silent until you have something substantive to say.
12:00 How to acquire a picture of good sculling
19:00 Filming a crew – which shots to use
22:00 Review the stern wake from a boat
24:00 Where does style come in compared to base technique?
27:00 Physiology for sculling – long arm scullers
28:00 Hug the horizon at the catch – rowing in place drill (Kim Brennan’s Stuff-the-Duck)
31:00 Faster Masters
33:00 Skills learned from elite Nordic skiers – crossover to rowing
35:00 Weight transfer in the boat
37:00 When you add effort you can get slower
39:00 Swimmers ride the glide which is analogous to the catch in sculling
40:00 How to teach weight transfer in sculling
46:00 The essence of weight transfer is moving from passive to active suspension
48:00 How to prepare a schedule for a rowing training camp
52:00 How coaches can get coaching from other coaches. Be a launch dog for another coach.
55:00 What do you think about when rowing alone? What is the one thing in your mind which will unlock the perfect stroke?
Plus a bonus video of ease in the sculling boat
A lesson from Brian de Regt