Carlos’s Tip #14: Can I break my arms at the catch?

Carlos Dinares shows you in this video how a very good crew, medallist at the Olympics in 2004 and Olympic Champion in 2008 rows the 2x. Carlos wants you to watch this video carefully and look at the posture and the arms. Use the pause to see the arms during the drive from catch to release.

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Carlos Dinares idea of rowing is very simple. He understands that every time you get to the catch and connect to the water:
” You are taking the load of the boat with you. The rigging, the speed of the boat and your fitness will determine how you position yourself the smarter and more efficient way to move this load”

What all this means? Well what Carlos is saying is that if you are rowing at a low rate and the boat is slow, the load will be heavier. It will be heavier too if you are not fit or you are rigged heavy. In these situations Carlos undertsands that if you break your arms and take this load closer to your frame, core, you will be stronger. Also you will be able to use your arms to help you from the beginning to move the load.

Carlos opinion is that there is not an only way to go fast and every rower, boat, wind and possible situation is different and needs to be analyzed by the coach and rower to get the most out of it.

Rowing breaking your arms is not always bad or good. It depends…..

Today’s Workout:

Warm up 5 minutes easy rowing @ 20 stroke rate

 Do 1 x 30 minutes @ 20 strokes x minute
Do 3 x 90 seconds MAX with 2 minutes rest between pieces

All the strokes are at MAXIMUM PRESSURE and the suggested stroke rate.
Rest  5′ from the 30′ piece to the 90 seconds pieces.

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