Does Your Posture Matter When Rowing?

December 16, 2016

Posture, Power, and Performance.

Video: One Leg Rowing

Rowing one leg at a time is a great way to start learning the skill of keeping the spine in a solid upright position during your rowing stroke.  I like to row with one leg at a time alternating legs every minute for about eight to 10 minutes as a warm-up and then proceed to regular rowing. Sometimes I do an entire workout alternating legs.


Rowing more upright is a learnable and valuable skill that not only improves flexibility and strength balance in the extremities that allows you to go faster while eliminating back stiffness and other injuries..

The rounded or C- spine position is a low skill rowing posture, and is still commonly coached, that significantly increases training related injury risk while simultaneously reducing overall rowing power.

Rowing with an upright posture is a high skill level position requiring lots of focused attention, power, and strength to maintain this superior posture.

It is not easy to go fast while remaining injury free (including back stiffness) but it’s more fun. Common rowing are not the condition of rowing but the condition of how you either control or don’t control the spine during the rowing stroke. Those who allow their spine to facilitate reach are bound to suffer and go slower, while those who master control excel!

Come join me on January 15th   2017 for a Rowing Posture Training Camp at Transcend Fitness in Newtown, PA 18940.  The class will run from 9:30am till 12:30pm?  Please email me if this might be of interest.


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