Friday, September 18, 2015

More proof that rowing is just seated weightlifting

Stolen from Common Mistakes in Rowers' Techniques and Remedies Therefor by Bill Mahoney in The Oarsman, March/April 1978
If you've been coached by Randy for any length of time, then you've heard "anti-shrug!" when setting up for a pull. This excerpt on what not to do when rowing is the same message. Don't pull your shoulders up to your ears, keep them down and connected tight to your torso so that you can get maximum power transfer from your legs through your torso and into your arms. A strong pull on the stroke is just like a strong pull on the barbell.

Speaking of barbells and rowing, as I was watching yesterday's workout (the complex for time), I realized that it's a great barbell exercise that mimics the rowing stroke. We'll probably be using a variant of that as a warm-up during the rowing program this fall.
Workout
Row 3 x 5:00
Rest 5:00 between rows