Competitive Edge
The Start
July 26, 2016
While you can't win the race on the first stroke, you can lose it.  more

The Catch (Toss It In)
May 24, 2016
Think of the catch as being the last part of the recovery, not the beginning of the drive.  more

The Release and Move Out of Bow
April 28, 2016
The feathering of the blade as the beginning of the recovery as opposed to the end of the drive. It should not be a separate part of the stroke.  more

The Grip
March 16, 2016
As you get back in the boat after rowing the erg all winter, it will help to focus on your grip.  more

The Recovery
February 16, 2016
Use your last few rows on the erg to get ready for the boat.  more

January is the obvious time to set goals for the coming year, but before you do, take a good look back at the previous year. Were you happy with what you accomplished? Were you on the right track or do you need to make changes?  more

Improve your Rowing on the Erg
December 10, 2015
With winter descending, most of us are heading indoors to the erg--hand levels, rhythm and relaxation, body preparation and horizontal rowing can all be improved with time on the erg.  more

What is most striking about this picture of the USA W4x is how low in the boat the athletes are holding their bodies. What they're doing is exactly what we're looking to illustrate: you want to move your your body horizontally through the core.  more

A Balance of Pressures
August 27, 2015
There are two major ways to influence the motion of the boat. One is weight on the oarlock/pin and the other is weight on the foot stretcher.  more

Body Out of Bow
July 15, 2015
The more I coach, the more I appreciate the importance of early body preparation out of bow.  more

Reducing Check
June 30, 2015
Tactics and drills for reducing the check of the boat at the catch.  more

Posture on the Drive
May 26, 2015
When it comes to technique, posture continues to be one of the most controversial subjects. It’s hard to read any article about rowing without seeing the word "up" or "straight" in relation to how one should position one’s body. And yet, if you look at the Olympians, you will be hard-pressed to find a straight back among them.  more

Swing on the Recovery
April 8, 2015
Last month we wrote about power, with the goal of explaining the physics of rowing in laymen terms. We mentioned that on the recovery, we are not generating power, which is not quite true. Power will be produced on the recovery, especially at higher stroke rates, and the boat continues to accelerate after the drive.  more

Three Basic Principles
January 28, 2015
For 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.  more

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