So, you’ve got the rowing machine blues, huh? You just can’t figure out how to row faster and more efficiently?
We’ve got the answer for you!
Like all of our exercises, movements, and lifts, we want to stay under control, yet move with greater intensity. The same applies to rowing. And what allows us to do this? Better technique and an understanding of some key components to rowing.
There are four main components to a rowing stroke: the catch, the drive, the finish, and the recovery. To simplify things, let’s just focus on the drive and the recovery, as these are two of the most critical phases of your stroke.
The drive is the work portion of the stroke, and the recovery is the rest portion that prepares you for the next drive. Combine these movements into a smooth and controlled sequence. Driving aggressively with the legs is a critical piece of the stroke if you want to generate speed on the flywheel, and subsequently, more meters accrued on the Performance Monitor (PM). During the recovery phase, you’ll push your arms forward and away from your body until the elbows reach full extension. After your arms clear your knees, the slide will begin its forward motion back to the catch (or starting) position. Mastering both the drive and the catch will cause you to row more efficiently; hence, you’ll put more meters on the PM with less effort.
Whether you want a faster and more efficient row, a faster 2k time, or maybe you want to be the first one off the rower during the workouts…we’re here to help you out!
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In the meantime, check out the video below for some helpful tips.