Competitive Edge
January 10, 2023
The erg is a great training device that can also be a helpful tool for improving technique  more

We use two drills to focus on making the catch as light as possible  more

The transitions–from the drive to the recovery (which we talked about last month) and then from the recovery to the drive – are the most difficult parts of the stroke.  more

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Technique Feature: Clean Finishes
July 6, 2022
There are many advantages to feathering this way - it's physically easier, it's cleaner and doesn't waste time hanging out in bow.  more

If you go back to the 80’s, you’ll find rowing styles differed, not only between countries but even within the US. Now I find there are many more similarities than differences, at least among the elite rowers.  more

When the weather warms up, will you be ready to get back on the water?  more

It’s a new year and a good time to get back to the basics. With every group we coach, we begin with an explanation of three basic principles. We feel these are integral to efficient rowing and should be incorporated into every rowing stroke, whether sweeping, sculling, or erging. The three principles are: Horizontal movement, Relaxation, and Fluidity  more

While the erg is often used to simply work raw power and endurance, translating that into making the boat go faster, the recovery is more complicated than that. We need to look at what influences the hull speed to have a better understanding.  more

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Taking Drills Indoors: Erg Pick Drill-ing
December 14, 2021
This winter, try taking good on-water drills indoors with you.  more

The ergometer is a great place to work on being more efficient in your catch  more

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Technique Feature: Rhythm vs. Ratio
November 15, 2021
Even if you’ve already moved on to the erg, step back from racing and refocus on establishing a good rhythm  more

Learn to determine what feels right rather than just seeing what the numbers are  more

Instead of talking about ways to improve the catch, or clean up the finish or be more powerful on the drive, I want to encourage everyone to learn to play around in the boa  more

We don't talk much initially about how to turn the boat while rowing because we want people to first focus on going straight.  more

Drills to create lighter catches, smoother drives and cleaner finishes  more

When back in the team boats, how do we row so as to make the others around us row better?  more

There are two types of new scullers; those who have flipped, and those who are going to flip  more

Building off our past two articles, we want to continue our focus on working technique on the erg while also building fitness.  more

Last month we talked about how time on the erg can be used not just for physical training but also to improve one's technique. First though, you want to be sure the erg is set up for you.  more

It may be easier to work on technique on the erg than on the water - fewer factors in play, fewer distractions  more

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