UCanRow2′s Terry Smythe, an indoor and on-water rowing coach with nearly 20 years of experience, answers your questions about rowing technique, rower workouts, teaching rowing and training for rowing.
Q: I row at my gym, and the “erging” technique some people have is
driving me batty! I don’t want to offend anyone and I’m no expert,
but how do I tactfully correct their form so they don’t get hurt and I
don’t have to watch it anymore?
A: ‘Tis the season, fitness facilities across the country are full –
for the next few weeks at least – of people who are determined to keep
their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. As a total-body
exercise, indoor rowing is a fabulous way to make that slimmer, fitter
vision a reality, but it’s important to use the right technique.
People who jump on the rowing machine at the gym often do not know
enough about proper rowing technique to get the most from the machine.
If you see bad rowing happening, approach the facility’s staff and ask
if they have certified indoor rowing instructors who can intervene.
If they do not, as a facility member you should encourage them to get
their group fitness instructors and personal trainers certified to
teach rowing. Certified instructors are much better equipped to
provide workouts that are safe, fun and effective, and it’s the best
way for the facility to make sure it gets the most from its investment
in rowing equipment.