Naturally, as students learn to row, they believe the more effort towards force they put into the sport; the better the results. Rowing however, is unique in that it requires more relaxation and focus on technique.
Let’s briefly look at proper relaxation and placement techniques:
- Keeping the palm of the oar; fingers should be placed around the oar.
- Elbows should always be relaxed through the entire stroke. Arms should be loose and hanging off the oar.
- Lats not Traps: Your muscles should be relaxed enough to connect in with your lats not your traps.
- Don’t force the oar. Oars are designed to float on the water; if your forcing an oar, you’re working it too hard.
- Drive-Release-Recovery: Hands easily glide – straight across the top (drive), to catch and the (release); straight across the bottom (recovery).
- Blade Sequence: Let gravity drop blade by unweighing hand, followed by lifting the blade gently with the fingers not wrists and elbows.
- Horizontal not Vertical: Rowing is a vertical sport; emphasizing posture adds an stiff and vertical element. Instead; relax the body and roll your pelvis, allowing yourself to become more horizontal with the boat.
- Round Back: Keep back rounded and head level as you roll out the bow and into the catch.
Remember to keep relaxed and well rounded!