Invictus Inspired

Invictus Inspired

PHOTOS BY Invictus Games Toronto 2017 We woke up. We were supposed to be going out at 7 in the morning but there was a weather hold,” says Mitch Kieffer of a morning that at first sounds like a typical one for rowers. Kieffer, however, was not preparing for a row....
Agents of Change

Agents of Change

Photo by Peter Slack. If you were writing a rubric for rowing, what would it look like? You remember rubrics: those pages of detail your teacher would hand out that articulated the criteria that would be used to judge your work. For your writing, the rubric would...
EPIC Rows

EPIC Rows

Photo by Roz. The compulsion to explore the limits of human endeavor is as old as humanity itself. Just as towering mountains call out to climbers to be summitted, the desire to propel oneself across vast oceans is nothing new. Stories of such explorers are epic in...
Bringing the River Home

Bringing the River Home

Ask any rower about their relationship with the erg and they will tell you it’s complex. On the one hand, the erg is a machine that makes you faster, stronger, mentally tougher, and—importantly—allows you to understand your individual speed relative to your teammates,...
Coaches Challenge

Coaches Challenge

San Remo, ITALY, Qualification Races, men’s quadruple sculls M4X+, San Malo, rowing on the open sea. 2008 FISA Coastal World Championships. Photo by Peter Spurrier. http://www.rowingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Coaches-Challenge.m4a Can you identify the...
Stretching hip flexors for rowing

Stretching hip flexors for rowing

Found this really useful article on the Growing Bodies blog about hip flexors. Hip Flexor Stretches Photo Credit: Growing Bodies Blog The writer explains that they get tight and also “overactivity” in the hip flexor. Overactivity means you are using your hip flexors...
Squat technique

Squat technique

Squat technique is difficult to learn. Using Innovative clothing that maps your body you can see more clearly how you move and learn the correct lifting technique faster. The Team at 776BC design performance clothing.  They have markers on the outside so it’s easier...
Oarsmanship

Oarsmanship

In rowing and sculling, there are two types of people: The first type, even when he has reasonable evidence to believe that he is the best boat-mover in his crew, always wonders if he is worthy of rowing with his boatmates, and sets about every day to be an oarsman...
A Collection Of Rowing Quotes

A Collection Of Rowing Quotes

“Rowers do more before 8am than most people do all day.” “Real athletes row. Everyone else just plays games.” “The oars gave me power, but also taught me humility.” “Winning medals is good, racing is better, loving the sport is best!” “Glory is in the team not the...
Henley Royal – the delights and the quirks

Henley Royal – the delights and the quirks

Reporting on a Royal Regatta which I have not frequented for several years gives the benefit of perspective granted by distance. I enjoy the ritual and am simultaneously irritated by some of the rules. Gentlemen were allowed to take off their jackets because the...