Written by Harry Howe
“It doesn’t get easier you just get fitter!”
We’ve all heard it before but what if you didn’t need to get fitter to have a faster 2km row time? Like any workout, efficiency is key, and the ergometer is no different. However, getting more efficient in a movement generally requires hours upon hours of work to improve, but not the erg.
Here are 3 techniques to instantly improve your 2km row time.
You wouldn’t deadlift with a rounded back, but we constantly see people rowing stroke after stroke rounded over. This is neither efficient nor safe. By rounding our backs during the stroke, we have broken the kinetic chain and are leaking potential energy. A 2km row is hard enough even before we create power with our legs, just to lose it by merely not engaging our core. I want you to imagine sitting on a rower at arms away with a string connected to the top of your head pulling your head, sternum and rib cage upwards. Doing so opens up our chest, turns on the core and tightens the hamstrings waiting to pull us down the slide. This is the start point for any successful stroke.