The Perfect Rowing Stroke


Being here at 6:30 every day is definitely
not the easiest thing in the world. We all want to be here and we’re all passionate
about it. “Drop the right end. Put the power on it.” Almost every stroke is like lifting a weight. It’s hard. You’re body breaks down. You know, people get hurt, you get sick. I puke all the time. It’s not for the wimpy. It’s hard, constantly. A lot of people, every single time you say
“Oh, you’re a rower, you must have great upper body strength.” And it’s like no, it’s so much more your legs. Push your blade down to get the blade out
of the water. Your arms are straight. Everybody swings over together. Once you get up about 3/4 of the way up that
track, you tilt the blade only with one wrist. When you are at the catch, you are at compression. Your chest is up. You know, it’s really important that your
lungs are open and everything else. And after you square you bring your blade
down to the water. So then you push and that’s the drive. So, it’s a lot of your quads and your gluts. Everyone would think that the most vital part of the stroke is your drive because, you know, that’s where the power is and that’s where the pressure is, but you can lose so much time on the recovery if everyone’s not together. For those people who are competitive, every
single person here loves racing and they love winning and they love just giving everything they
have. “A little more powerful, a little more powerful.
Second half of the drive.” You really have to, like, fit the other girls
that are with you and work with their rhythm. I get to be out on the water everyday and
that’s just where I belong.

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