Elite Rowing Coach Blog

  • Don’t get me wrong, I love rowing on the water, but...

    I learned to row a boat way before I ever heard of or touched an erg...  My first strokes I took were on the River Seine in Fontainebleau, France. The club coach’s name was and still is Jean Pierre Leroux.  He was the Olympic coach of Anne Marden who won the silver medal at the Seoul Olympics in the single scull for the United States.  I learned a lot from Jean Pierre.  He was part of my Elite Rowing Coach Family Tree. Around the time I took my first strokes, Concept2 started production of their Model B and slowly their machines...

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  • Another one month Elite Coaching success story!

      “Xeno exceeded our expectations! He provided our son with clear verbal and visual feedback for him to understand areas for improvement. His positive and encouraging coaching style helped our son realize his potential. In simple terms, before Xeno, plus 7min 2k times, after first video session, sub 7.thanks Xeno!”John Bauer   Real-time elite coaching anywhere in the world.

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  • No one can take away your ERG SCORE

    Most club coaches don’t care about ERG scores during on the water rowing season, because their primary goal is to row on the water. Paradoxically, in moments of doubt, coaches regress to selecting the “fastest” boat through surprise 2Ks... which ends up making the boat slower. This happens all over the United States, year after year.  Your seat in the boat is never guaranteed no matter how hard you work. With ELITE COACHING, you will see your ERG Score improving during racing season. Elite Coaching helps you optimize your time spent at the club. —> Never forget that the ERG...

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  • Injury is every parent’s worst nightmare... Let’s talk about strength training.

    I get it.  Your teenage rower wants to be stronger and mightier by the minute.  I have to confess, I too wanted it the same way when I was a junior rower.   Without question, there are great positives in getting a muscularly stronger body. Building muscle and developing a good muscular balance through strength training and cross training is a great way to stay injury free.  However....   more can be done wrong in the weight room than you can imagine. Simply put, you can get easily hurt, if the proper technique is not applied.  An injury is catastrophic...

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  • Ed Baker, 38, lightweight, never rowed before, with Elite Coaching 6:22.../2K

    You can watch his race here:  https://youtu.be/TuKRGhmA6Oc  Congratulations Ed!  It was awesome to coach you! 

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  • Gaming the Erg Split

    Training is not about the best split. It is about improving your splits with the best technique. It is about building the muscle memory you need, especially when you're tired in the third 500, to be the fastest you can be for your 2k.
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  • Meeting up with Steve and his Yale Crew @ San Diego Crew Classic

    It was perfect timing for me yesterday.  I drove down from Orange County to represent Waterrower at the International Fitness Convention and was able to meet up in Mission Bay with Steve, my coach from Brown and now Yale coach, and his crews.  Yale is competing at the Crew Classic this weekend.  Here are a couple of pictures:  Steve recruited me to Brown University.  We stayed undefeated.  Steve and his Yale Crew.  Steve is the most successful collegiate rowing coach in U.S. collegiate rowing history.  Who your coach is matters immensely.  As an athlete you need Elite Coaching. Steve is...

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  • Visiting Waterrower at IHRSA 2018

    Yesterday was a great day of catching up in San Diego. First, I went to IHRSA the International Convention of Fitness and met up with my Waterrower team.  Waterrower has grown tremendously.  They carry the Xeno Muller Signature Waterrower.  All Signature owners have access to over 50 fun rowing workouts lead by me.  They can watch them while rowing on their Waterrower.  Here are a few pictures of the event.  It was great visiting with Sid from Madrid, Les from Sydney, Bryan, Ryan, and Jamie, and fitness store managers and young athletes :-) Showing rowing to a young sportsman :-)...

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  • Dynamic Rowing Machines an advantage for on the water performance.

    Rowers have the choice between static and dynamic rowing machines when it is not possible to train in a boat on the water. It is however the dynamic machines that give rowers a competitive advantage. There are different brands of dynamic rowing machines: RP3, Concept2 Dynamic, Concept2 D on Slides, Water Rower Slider, SimulatOar, and Biorower. Most rowers at home own either a Concept2 Model D or an RP3.  When the RP3 is used I have an additional pallet of ways to explain the rowing stroke through different exercises that can only be done on a dynamic rowing setup.  It...

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  • 1936 Olympics: University of Washington wins Gold.

    A great documentary available on Netflix.  The story of a U.S. crew, built entirely from students of the University of Washington.  They traveled across the Atlantic and nullified Hitler’s dream of winning Olympic Gold in the men’s eight.  https://www.netflix.com/title/80167684 A great read is also The Boys in the Boat. https://www.amazon.com/Boys-Boat-Americans-Berlin-Olympics/dp/0143125478

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  • The Kiwi Pair book, an awesome quote about being an exceptional rower.

    “Rowing is a sport that leaves no room for half measures, and has no place for any athlete who is not prepared to give everything they can. That commitment comes with sacrifice, but the trick is not to think of it as that. A champion rower does not acknowledge sacrifice; he or she only ever sees opportunity.”  Mental training is part of Elite Coaching.  Becoming the best in the world is the sum of a myriad of coaching details, strokes taken, and an ever evolving understanding of ones body and mind.  Link to the book on Amazon: http://a.co/5Q9mwB2

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  • Drastic improvements in erg scores are possible within a short period of time:

    Technique is critical to improving erg scores and increase speed on the water, especially during springtime when most club rowers see their erg scores slow down. Last weekend, I coached a young rower live via FaceTime.  It was a great first session.  I learned that his personal best was 7:15/2K and that four days after our session he would have to test again.  Well, that test happened yesterday and the result was beautiful, a new PR of 6:57/2K.   Follow this link to learn about another rower who went from low 6:30ies to sub 6:20. Get in touch with me to...

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  • Muscularly strong but the 2K is not recruitable, a common problem that can be fixed.

    Just last night, I was talking to a parent of a high school rower. Through the conversation I learned that their son is extremely strong for his body weight.  My mind was blow, when I learned that he can deadlift more than twice his body weight for 8 repetitions at a time, but that the erg score was 40 seconds off from being recruitable for college.  This scenario is not uncommon with high school rowers.  When I was a teenager, I was taught how to apply my body efficiently without wasting power from muscle groups that were not necessary.  I...

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  • A quick Tuesday Technical Checklist Update Recorded.

    https://youtu.be/hx_XWQqvK4w

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  • Rowers are well coached when:

    They know not to train. They know how to self-coach their technique. They know what to eat. They know how to cope with stress.  They know what the training program is. They know it is OK to ask questions.  They know which strength exercises are not conductive for faster rowing.  ... add your comments.

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