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:

  1. Keeping the palm of the oar; fingers should be placed around the oar.
  2. Elbows should always be relaxed through the entire stroke. Arms should be loose and hanging off the oar.
  3. Lats not Traps: Your muscles should be relaxed enough to connect in with your lats not your traps.
  4. Don’t force the oar. Oars are designed to float on the water; if your forcing an oar, you’re working it too hard.
  5. Drive-Release-Recovery: Hands easily glide – straight across the top (drive), to catch and the (release); straight across the bottom (recovery).
  6. Blade Sequence: Let gravity drop blade by unweighing hand, followed by lifting the blade gently with the fingers not wrists and elbows.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!