There is a better process available to train better and accelerate the learning process and become a more efficient rower. One of the tools I use is the Rowperfect3. With this rowing machine that simulates the dynamics of rowing on the water, I develop different training programs to increase skill, coordination, speed, power and many others.
I know that one of the biggest limitations of our sport on the water is to change the rigging in the same practice. It is too difficult and it takes too much time. Think about any athlete that works with different loads on the land doing the same sport movement to develop speed, power, coordination, endurance … We cannot do this on the water because it takes too much time and solutions like bungee work and stopping rowers don’t have the same effect. None of those really achieves what it will be achieved with a lighter or heavier rigging. With the bungee we are changing the way the boat feels. When we add a bungee or drag something the boats doesn’t glide the same way. When we stop some rowers the mass of the boat increases a lot and the timing gets affected and the dynamics of rowing.
Another big limitation of rowing is that we don’t have a direct feedback from a computer every stroke that is telling us if what we are doing is good or not and what really works or not.
To get better training, I use the Rowperfect3 to:
- Row at altitude with mask and altitude generators.
- Develop the coordination of the stroke with the feedback of the software.
- Develop consistency of the stroke by repeating the same Joules x stroke every repetition at a given rate and intensity.
- Develop speed by rowing with a very low drag factor and doing speed pieces at 50 and 60 strokes a minute full lenght.
- Develop power x stroke by rowing a very high drag factor. The advantage is that by doing it on the Dynamic erg and not the stationary the back is more protected. Also the advantage of doing this on the RP3 over the water is that the position with the arms is stronger and protects better the ribs from injuries.
- Do good training on the RP3 to don’t lose the body strength and coordination when the conditions on the water are bad. This is very good for rowing places that freeze or have plenty of bad days from storms or power boats.
Every rower that visits the Lake Samish training center finds on my training system the RP3 and his software a huge potential to increase speed on the water.
When Matthew Syed, very good British tennis player, turned 19, Chen Xinhua of China, one of the greatest players in the history of the sport moved to England. He agreed to coach Matthew. Within minutes of getting both of them together to train, it became apparent that the Chinese concept of practice had no relation to ANYTHING Matthew had yet seen or imagined. Instead of playing against each other with a single ball, Chen took a bucket of a hundred balls, placed them beside the table, and then proceeded to fire them at me from different angles, at different speeds, with different spins but always (and this was the ultimate revelation of his genius for coaching) calibrated so as to be constantly nudging the outer limits of Matthews speed, movement, technique, anticipation, timing and agility.
Matthew’s body and mind were forced to leap into a new gear to keep up with this “multi-ball” training. Over a period of 5 years, Matthew’s movements, speed, positional awareness were transformed and his world ranking rocketed.
From Bounce- Matthew Syed.
Can we make our rowers faster by training different? I’m sure we can and we already are….