Carlos’s Tip # 142: STRONGER = ROWING FASTER; Not Always…

Main goal in rowing = To get faster on the water


Can you get stronger and go slower on the water?

Do you have a Team that is scoring better on the stationary machine and going slower on the water?
Do you have a Team that is getting better numbers on the weight room and going slower on the water?
Do you feel that higher fitness level doesn’t always gives you more speed on the water?
How do you measure that you are stronger? With a stationary erg test? With a weight lifting test?
How do you know that this increase of fitness and power gives you more speed on the water?

What do we do to measure increase of speed on the water?
Are we giving the wrong message to our rowers? Are we coaches confuse by the way we rank our rowers without having clear how fast they really are on the water?

Better Concept2 score doesn’t give you for sure a faster rower on the water. It can be or not.
Bigger muscles and more lifting power doesn’t give you for sure a faster rower on the water.

If you think that you are using the weight room and the stationary ergometer to just increase the fitness of your Team and doing the work on the water to learn to move a boat you might be missing some important details. The work you do on the land might be making your Team slower on the water by destroying their coordination and making them too tens and heavy.

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