The Guide to Better Rowing, Part I
To get the best results from the erg, you must be efficient and pay close attention to technique. It like every other thing we do in the gym in that regard, because if the sequence and positioning are thrown off, then everything else that follows it will be incorrect, as well. Rowing on the erg is one of the best ways to build strength and conditioning since it requires strength in our legs to create drive, and strength in our upper body to create finish. Throw in the demands of either aerobic or anaerobic endurance depending on the piece, and it’s a great skill to have in your training.
Let’s start with some basic vocabulary so that we are all speaking the same language.
- Stroke: One full motion consisting of the Catch, Drive, Finish, and Recovery.