The two most critical points in the rowing stroke where technique can make a difference to raw power are:
1. How the control into the catch is carried out
2. Same for the finish.
1. How control into the catch works
This should be done so as to place no backward pressure onto the stretcher that is not transferred via the blade in the water and then leveraged forward against the pin and then into the boat.
Backward stretcher pressure without the counter balance of force in the opposite direction against the pin results in the boat being driven backwards.
Put simply this would mean one has crashed their body into the front stops and stretcher thus starting the stroke (leg drive) without being in the water.
Try doing this on the Rowperfect and see how the machine responds: it immediately forces you to adopt a controlled approach and application to the catch. Initially a challenge, it rapidly becomes extremely satisfying.
2. Control at the finish
The same logic applies at the back of the stroke – it’s essential to finish the drive smoothly, then extract the blade with minimal transfer of force upwards, downwards or sidewards; excessive movement can only act to slow the boat.
On the fixed platform machine you can bash into the front or back as much as you like or for as long as your back and body can take it. You simply can’t do that on the Rowperfect.
I’d suggest that for those who haven’t tried, learn how to get it right on the Rowperfect then get off and onto the Concepts.
If you are not left with the immediate impression that one of them was like rowing and the other something quite different I’d be very surprised.
Jim Battersby – Australian Champion Sculler, Olympic & World Medallist Rower
|Feature||Benefit||Rowperfect||All other 'rowing machines' available today|
|Double action - accurate reproduction of the physics of rowing a floating boat||The closer your off-water training simulates a real boat—the more effective the training. Allows more rapid acquisition and honing of co-ordination. Reduces the forces acting on knees and lower back||YES||NO|
|Mass balanced - 17kg Moving flywheel mechanism||Allows you to learn and practice good technique. It is very sensitive to proper co-ordination of movements.||YES||NO|
|Seat requires balance||Forces you to sit and pull symmetrically (avoid developing incorrect body alignment while training off-water).||YES||NO|
|Handle force equivalent to boat||Allows you to train specifically for rowing.||YES||NO|
|Full steel construction - no easily breakable plastic extrusion parts||Designed to last thousands of hours, with regular maintenance||YES||NO|
|Oarflex Handle - Inherent flexibility equivalent to rigger + shoulder + footstretcher in a boat.||Flexibility = Strength & Safety Stresses are minimised on both machine and rower! Reduces damage to machine and injury to rower.||YES||NO|
“On the positive side, it has a really nice feel and it keeps you really honest. I think it has just about the right balance of difficulty vs stability. It is much nicer than a C2 on slides. It’s even better than my home made C2. I will be curious to see how it translates to the boat.”
“The best time to try a RowPerfect for the first time is definitely right after you come off the water from a single. It feels the same and is just natural. Except when you instinctively turn your head to look behind over your shoulder and your rowperfect seat tips to the side! “
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