Competitive Edge
Are you getting enough reach at the catch? Tired of your coach yelling at you to ‘get longer’, or fed-up with rigging yourself to row like you’re 6’8”? The fact is that the length of a rower’s stroke is a common concern for many rowing coaches.  more

Coach Kaehler
Hydration and Training
February 6, 2012
Even mild dehydration can adversely affect performance. These basic guidelines will help you effectively monitor your hydration, and maximize your training and athletic performance.  more

Coach Kaehler
An erg is an erg!
January 30, 2012
Coaches and clients often ask me my thoughts on different types of ergometers (ergs). Determining which erg is right for you is a issue of personal preference, as well as your ability to tolerate change-of-direction forces.  more

Coach Kaehler
Loosen Up!
January 11, 2012
There are two key ways to improve your overall stretching effectiveness and both will make noticeable improvements in your flexibility and post-training discomfort.  Building these two stretching techniques into your warm-up helps ensure that you can stay mobile and fluid.  more

Coach Kaehler
‘Tis the season to shake it up!
December 12, 2011
Build new elements of endurance into your training program early in your off-season, to add variety and improve your Body Balance.  more

Coach Kaehler
Shift Your 'Rest' Paradigm
November 21, 2011
Do you ever take more than one day off of your training program? To many athletes, the term ‘rest’ is perceived as negative and even stressful.  more

Coach Kaehler
Pace Yourself
November 16, 2011
Are you heading back to the erg this winter to prepare for a 2k race? If so, do you have a set pace strategy for your race? Getting your pacing right can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to reaching your peak on race day.  more

Coach Kaehler
Are you training on an empty stomach?
October 26, 2011
Athletes constantly ask me whether they should eat before training, or go out on an empty stomach. Even with the extensive amount of research available today, this and many other diet and exercise-related questions remain controversial.  more

Coach Kaehler
Weight Matters for Endurance Athletes
October 5, 2011
Are you headed up or down with your weight? Or are you right where you want to be? Two of the most common questions I get from high school rowers concern weight loss and gain. No matter what your level of rowing is, monitoring your body composition is a great idea.  more

Coach Kaehler
Intensity Consistency
September 19, 2011
Speed up your athletic development by developing consistent and powerful strokes over longer periods of time and during repeated intervals.  more

Coach Kaehler
Posture and Rowing
August 29, 2011
Posture is a culmination of life’s activities and tendencies. At the same time, our posture inevitably reflects our effort and commitment to improving it, or in some cases not.  more

Coach Kaehler
Pushing Your Comfort Zone
July 7, 2011
Rowing has its share of overuse injuries. Careful planning and learning to listen to your body’s signals are essential to minimizing the impact of overuse injuries.  more

Coach Kaehler
Strength & Conditioning Practices in Rowing
May 18, 2011
Rowing is one of the most demanding of all endurance sports. While most of the energy contribution comes from aerobic metabolism, anaerobic qualities such as muscular strength and power are also key predictive qualities leading to overall rowing success.  more

Coach Kaehler
Ease into the Catch - Part 2
April 27, 2011
Do you use momentum to get the last few inches of reach as you approach the catch? Or do you get there with freedom and ease? Your body, like all physical objects, follows the path of least resistance. Your catch length -- the distance your hips and shoulders travel into the stern -- can vary based on your flexibility and strength.  more

Coach Kaehler
Drink up! Hydration and Training
April 5, 2011
The body is composed of 50-70% water (norm = 60%), and maintaining this balance is critical in regulating body temperature and cellular stasis. For endurance sports athletes, proper hydration is a key factor in effective training and race performance.  more

Rowing, like all sports, involves acceleration and deceleration of the body. Endurance training tends to focus primarily on improving our engines and fuel – rightly so. However, the flip-side of this kind of conditioning is that we often neglect our shock absorbers. And weakness in the shock absorbers can then result in injuries to the frame.  more

Coach Kaehler
Protein Supplements and Post Training Recovery
February 17, 2011
Do you take dietary protein supplements to enhance your training recovery? While much research has been done to examine how different whole food supplements affect muscle protein balance -- muscle protein synthesis (MPS) vs. muscle protein breakdown (MPB) -- after sessions of resistance training, one conclusion is clear...  more

Coach Kaehler
Ease Into The Catch
January 27, 2011
Have you ever been told that you need to get more reach at the catch? Coach Kaehler gives you some exercises to improve.  more

Coach Kaehler
Improving your Hamstring Flexibility
December 28, 2010
Have you ever complained that your hamstrings always feel tight? No matter how much you stretch your hamstrings, they never seem to become more flexible?  more

Coach Kaehler
Balance your rowing program
November 16, 2010
Do you feel the need to try and balance out your rowing program by cross-training? You can create your own 20-minute balancing program by doing some strengthening exercises that target the opposing (antagonist) muscles to those which are used on the drive of the rowing stroke.  more

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