Elite Rowing Coach Blog

  • Silver Medal at the Junior World Championship 2018, Eli Kalfaian.

    Hi Xeno, Yesterday, just 26 months after Eli sat down on the erg for the first time, we dropped him off at Princeton University for his freshman year and to row with the Men's Heavyweight Rowing Team. Along the way he picked up some great wins with PNRA/Mercer, including a bronze medal at US Nats this year at Lake Natoma in the MV4+, and then just 3 weeks ago a silver medal at World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic in the JM8+ for the USA team (attached pic). In July of 2016, we knew that Eli was late...

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  • High School Rowers - Elite Coaching and Passion Equals Results

    Elite coaching adapted my strengths. It utilized my emotional and psychological characteristics in an effective way. All that passion was channeled into creating the best possible performance in rowing. 

     

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  • Knee issues in rowing?

    Knee issues in rowing, is that possible? Sadly the answer is yes. Injuries and chronic aches are completely preventable.   The cause of aching knees is the lack of attention to detail when it comes to coaching rowers.  Rowing is known for its low impact on joints, so why do rowers get problems with their knees? Thanks to the Elite Rowing Coaches who taught me, I have successfully avoided rowing injuries. If you are a rower or a parent who is at a loss in finding solutions, then take a look at the STROKE coaching package.  

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  • Want to get recruited? Don’t waste your time doing this:

    What is a total waste of time when you are an upcoming senior in high school and want to get recruited to college? Summer rowing camps to compete at club nationals or Canadian Henley Of course, if the erg score is already “there,” then the above can be of “entertainment value,” but BEWARE: The value of a recruitable erg score keeps changing as new PRs are set by other rowers who are interested in getting recruited to a U.S. college. The worldwide competition NEVER sleeps.  Look through my Elite Coaching Packages and simply get in touch with me through the...

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  • Important Points To Keep In Mind:

    1. Keep up the communication with me and make sure you let me know how you feel mentally and physically. You know my number, use it :-) 2. Temperatures are hot, be smart about where you do your training and what you are drinking.  3. MAKE SURE we are scheduled for our live sessions.  This time is very busy and there is a lot of coaching data to process.  Make sure you schedule our live sessions together.  4. Send footage of your rowing for frame by frame analysis.  This helps you self coach while you train on your own. 5....

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  • Critical thinking when you are fresh, before your body goes through living H.

    When the body gets tried and you are fighting pain, the first technical flaw materializes through an early opening of the back and breaking of the arms. This makes the legs less capable to focus their power only on the flywheel.  (The boat moves less past the oars.) Here is how you can prepare yourself for when the going gets tough and you row yourself through H. From the very first start stroke, and every tenth stroke, KEEP REPEATING to yourself to push the legs out from underneath the triangle of power.   This way, you can anticipate how to...

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  • How you train this summer matters immensely if your goal is to outperform others

    As the school year comes to a close, the time is NOW to weapon up for next years racing season and stack the odds in your favor for getting recruited to college. 

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  • You Need to Change

    Jayson Tatum is a professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics. But when Laker’s All-Time great Kobe Bryant reviewed Tatum’s game, he found powerful technical improvements Tatum could make.
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  • Reprogramming your brain.

    Watch this about “being excited” versus “being nervous.” https://www.facebook.com/simonsinek/videos/10156377400506499/

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  • Humon Train Smarter

    I have been waiting for a device that allows the athlete to manage training intensity. Finally there is HUMON.  Born at MIT.  When you wear it, you hardly feel it and the information you get from HUMON will help you attain top athletic performance.  Use my purchase CODE: XENO10 and share your experience with me. Go to https://humon.io/

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  • The Making of an Irish Olympic Triumph

    https://youtu.be/DbRFapxCgFs What a great home story of two brothers from the southern tip of Ireland winning the first Olympic medal for the country.  The towns humor and love for life comes through this short documentary beautifully.  It depicts the importance of the suport system needed to achieve top performance internationally.  I had tears in my eyes at one point and I loved every second of my emotional reaction. I hope you will enjoy it as well.  The link to the Youtube footage is right below the picture.   Let me know your thoughs about it. Smart training is key, these...

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  • Finding the groove while you row by watching interesting content feels great, here are a three tips:

    No matter how old you are.  Spending time rowing is good for you.  When you find the groove, or a state of trance, rowing at the gym or at home is good for your body and certainly your mind as well.  Here are three tips.
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  • Happy Mother’s Day! Our greatest supporters!

    If you are lucky, you have parents who support you throughout your greatest challenges.  I could not have achieved my life goals without the support, love, and guidance I received from my mom and dad.   This is my first Mother’s Day without my mom.  My post is to tell all who are absorbed by their goals and challenges to take a moment and let their mom know how special she is. My mom loved to learn from others and this year I would have gifted her a course with Jane Goodall:  MasterClass for Mother's Day! Happy Mother’s Day Erin,...

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  • ROWING STARTS: Finding experts in a different fields and drawing parallels is coaching GOLD!

    The main parallel (and there many more) which motivated me to blog today, came when Chris described in detail the lead-up to his first launch on the Space Shuttle. I clung to every word and had total goose bumps, as I related physically and emotionally to his account, because EVERY SINGLE START I HAVE EVER TAKEN IN ROWING felt exactly like taking off in a spaceship, with one major difference, I took off horizontally and he vertically.
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  • What does not help alleviate stress for high school rowers, a short list:

    This blog entry comes during a stressful time for high school rowers who are trying to be the best possible at school, standardized tests, at the rowing club to make the top boat, and last but not least, on the erg to stay relevant in the college recruiting process. My heart goes out to them and their families.  Below is a short list of club coaching issues that do not alleviate high school rowers stress levels: 1. Constantly being tested on the water, because the coach has not made up their mind as to who is going to sit in...

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