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Technique Feature: See For Yourself - Photos Don't Lie
October 30, 2019
Charlotte Hollings, Calm Waters Rowing

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Men's 8s - layback position, shoulders rounded

Men's 8s - layback position, shoulders rounded - Click for full-size image!
Women's 1x - rounded back, hands nesting, legs down, arms still extended - Click for full-size image!
Men's 1x - rounded back, catch position - Click for full-size image!
Men's 2x (ltwt?) - not arms away but body and arms out of bow - Click for full-size image!
Women's 2x - low hands, loose elbow, grip - Click for full-size image!
Women's 4-  - rounded backs, good layback and hang - Click for full-size image!
Men's 4x - rounded backs and low elbows, elbows not locked - Click for full-size image!
Women's U23 1x, silver medalist - rounded back, low elbows, grip - Click for full-size image!
Men's U23 ltwt 1x, gold medalist - note angle of layback - Click for full-size image!


We have a favorite saying here, "Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear," a broadly applicable adage that also applies to rowing. This month I want to leave you mostly with photos - words can be misleading, but these photos don't lie.

Note the posture, hand positions, layback angle, elbows, and head position of the athletes. In my observations, the styles of elite rowers have many more similarities than differences. Now that most of us are done racing, take some time to view photos and videos of the top rowers, recognize the similarities, come up with your own language to define what you see, and then do your best to emulate the best.


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