ROWING 101

The ROWING stroke is made up of four parts:

The Catch

  • Arms are straight; head is neutral; shoulders are level and not hunched.

  • Upper body is leaning forward from the hips with the shoulders
    in front of the hips.

  • Shins are vertical, or as close to vertical as is comfortable for you. Shins should not move beyond perpendicular.

  • Heels may lift as needed.

The Drive

  • Start the drive by pressing with your legs, and then swing the back through the vertical position before finally adding the arm pull.

  • Hands move in a straight line to and from the flywheel.

  • Shoulders remain low and relaxed.

The Finish

  • Upper body is leaning back slightly, using good support from
    the core muscles.

  • Legs are extended and handle is held lightly below your ribs.

  • Shoulders should be low with wrists and grip relaxed. Wrists should be flat.

The Recovery

  • Extend your arms until they straighten before leaning from the hips towards the flywheel.

  • Once your hands have cleared your knees, allow your knees to bend and gradually slide the seat forward on the monorail.

  • For your next stroke, return to the catch position with shoulders relaxed and shins vertical.

Send Correspondence to: 
Lake Brantley Rowing Association, Inc. 
PO Box 915653 
Longwood, FL 32791-5653 

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4217 N Orange Blossom Tr. 
Orlando, FL 32804