Familiarize yourself with boatie terminology! This is crucial to your successful integration into a crew! It is also crucial for your learning!
This is how rowing works:
The Rowing Stroke
The rowing stroke can be divided into two parts: The drive and the recovery.
You will learn a coordinated movement pattern built upon the following positions and phases:
The Recovery (Phase 1)
- Extend your arms until they straighten.
- Lean your upper body forward to the one o’clock position.
- Once your hands and the oar handle have cleared your knees, allow your knees to bend and gradually slide the seat forward on the monorail.
The Catch (Position 1)
- Arms are straight; head is neutral; shoulders are level and not hunched.
- Upper body is at the one o’clock position—shoulders in front of hips.
- Shins are vertical and not compressed beyond the perpendicular.
- Balls of the feet are in full contact with the footplate.
The Drive (Phase 2)
- With straight arms and while maintaining the position of the upper body at one o’clock, exert pressure on the foot plate and begin pushing with your legs.
- As your legs approach straight, lean the upper body back to the eleven o’clock position and draw the hands back to the lower ribs in a straight line.
The Finish (Position 2)
- Legs are extended and handle is held lightly at your lower ribs.
- Upper body is at the eleven o’clock position—slightly reclined with good support from your core muscles.
- Head is in a neutral position.
- Neck and shoulders are relaxed, and arms are drawn past the body with flat wrists.
Watch the following video to familiarize yourself with what it’s supposed to look like:
For more information, visit the Concept2 website: http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos