Frequently Asked Questions About Rowing

Why should we choose elite coaching for high school rowing?

Time is of the essence when it comes to rowing. The four-year window to make an impact and get recruited is incredibly short. With elite coaching, you’re investing in proven strategies that can fast-track your child’s performance and recruitment possibilities.

What sets your coaching apart?
I bring the experience of an Olympic gold and silver medalist to the table. My coaching method is designed not just to improve erg scores but to transform rowers into all-around athletes capable of excelling in any rowing situation.
How quickly can we expect to see improvements?
With focused, individualized coaching, many athletes see significant improvements in their erg scores within weeks. The sooner you start, the better the chances of making those top boats and getting noticed by college scouts.
What’s the importance of erg scores?

The ERG score is arguably “everything”. The erg score is the SAT OF ROWING when it comes to college recruiting. College coaches build their recruiting list based of individuals erg scores.  A strong erg score can open doors to top-tier rowing programs and scholarships.

Can women also get scholarships through rowing?
Absolutely. For young women, a strong rowing portfolio can not only aid in college admissions but also provide substantial scholarships.
How does elite coaching prepare rowers for college?
Beyond improving erg scores and boat performance, elite coaching equips rowers with the life skills of perseverance, focus, and resilience, which are invaluable in college and beyond.
Do you offer virtual coaching?
Yes, distance should not be a barrier to achieving rowing excellence. Virtual coaching options are available to ensure that every young athlete has the chance to benefit from elite-level coaching.
Why is now the best time to start?
Every moment spent contemplating is a moment lost in training. The high school years are a critical period for showcasing talent and skill. Starting now maximizes your window of opportunity for college recruitment.
How do we get started?
The first step is a consultation to assess your rower’s current abilities and goals. From there, we’ll design a tailor-made program to set them on a course for success.
What does an elite rowing coach do?

As an elite rowing coach, I ensure that:

– Rowers are enabled to perform at their fullest potential.
– They overcome their fears and insecurities through positive feedback and consistent training.
– Rowers get physically and mentally stronger through clear communication of instructions and goals.
– Rowers are empowered to assess themselves and let mind and body grow stronger together.
– Explain the “dos and don’ts” with food and supplements.

What makes an elite rowing coach?

An Elite Rowing Coach carries these three virtues:

– A crystal clear understanding of the nuances in rowing technique
– Understanding physiology and when to apply different training intensities
– Understanding rowers psychology and helping overcome their mental hurdles
– Great communication skills. The ability to listen and explain the “whys” and “hows” to the rower and parents.

How can I improve my rowing catch?

There are a myriad of catch drills. They key is to clearly explain what the blade is supposed to do during the stroke cycle. Many coaches understand the concept but fail to see it in real time. As an elite rowing coach, I have a library of exercises that describe and explain drills and catch movement. 

How do you coach rowing teams?

Teams are coached through:

– Explaining the rowing stroke clearly so that rowers can self coach and create team synergy.
– Empower the coxswains by teaching them what to feel in the boat, explaining what the most efficient rowing technique looks like. Coaching the coxswains how to communicate with the team. Treating coxswains with respect, which makes the team respect the coxswains.
– Coxswains are the extension of smart rowing coaches.

How do you teach a novice rower?

Clearly describe the rowing technique. The problem with club coaches is that they miss critical technical details which immediately handicaps the new rower in efficient self-coaching. The goal is to enable rowers of any level to self coach. The devil is in the detail. Once the details are taken care of anything is possible.

How does the rowing coach app work?

Rowing Coach apps are a one way communication, similar to college classes, the real gold is in the seminar discussions.

Is there a rowing app like Zwift?

Not quite. The sheer numbers of cyclists during one Zwift workout dwarfs the rowing community. Rowing is at its infancy in comparison to indoor cycling. There is no doubt that indoor rowing can grow to the size of Zwift since rowing is a more complete full body workout.

What is the best rowing app?

For parents who enjoy general fitness, the best rowing site is http://www.xeno-muller-rowing-workouts.com. The workouts are rich in enthusiasm and technical know how. There is always humor and the workout library is the largest in the world. I run these workouts for parents who want to enjoy being rowing active. 

How do you use ErgZone?

ErgZone like any other rowing app is meant to facilitate engagement with the rowing machine.

Does Hydrow work with Concept 2?

It does not.

How do you use ErgData?

ErgData synchs with the Concept2 Performance Monitor 5