|Rob and I learned from the great Harry Mahon. We met yesterday at home. We both set the blade at the right time.|
I help rowers from all over the world improve their erg score and their on the water rowing capabilities. It goes without saying that rowing on the water is several levels more complicated than rowing the erg.
Key to fast rowing is the placement of the blade in the water in a timely manner with as much of the upper body extended to the stern and the legs as compressed as possible, (in a nutshell :-)).
There is a "boatload" of coaches who believe that a rower with a relatively strong erg score will be a better boat moving asset than another rower with an inferior erg score. This assumption is a total crap shoot. At the catch, when rowing the erg, the flywheel will gain speed as soon as the handle moves away from the cage. However this particular part of the stroke is so intricate, that on the water, the smallest nuance as to how the blade is set, can make a "great" erg score a total boat stopper.
Daily, I work on digital recordings that are sent to me through my Dropbox account. I analyze and comment rowing technique deficiencies and explain which technical exercises to chose and how to feel the right movement. Blade coverage in relation to body position is the key to rowing fast on the water. Without mastering the catch, I would have not won Olympic gold and silver, set the Olympic record, and set a world best time of 6:38 in the single scull.
When I receive a two minute digital recording I can easily spend up to 30 minutes coaching the footage. I enjoy describing the stroke in detail. Rowers understand what they need to do to improve and the changes they make bring remarkable results.
Olympic gold and silver medalist, Olympic record holder.
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