Elite Rowing Coach Blog / Coaching

  • 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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  • 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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  • Every single day of coaching is a new opportunity.

    As part of my private elite coaching, I run a daily confidential blog for rowers and their parents.  I summarize specific subjects that stand out the most and blog about them.  It is a great way to share information about rowing beyond an individual’s primary technical checklist. Rowing is not just about physical work, but also how athletes prepare and digest workouts mentally.   I always remind parents that they are welcome to reach out to me anytime.  Their intel is very important to me :-) and the success of our coaching.   The window of opportunity for high school...

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  • Elite Coaching Communication and Dynamic Learning

    Here is a short blog entry about Elite Coaching Communication.  Rowing in college was my dream.  I fulfilled my dream thanks to the amazing coaching I received when I was a high school rower.  As luck had it, I had an Elite Rowing Coach at my club in France, and another in Switzerland. Both understood what it took physically, technically, and mentally, to bring me to the top.  Today, I teach my students what I learned from my Elite Coaches and how I put it into practice as a competitor.  If you click on this link you will learn about my Elite Coaching...

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  • Do you have a dream of rowing in college?

    Most high school rowers mistakenly think that obtaining the 2k erg time which their coach says that they need, will enable them to realize their goal. It is not. Most high school coaches do not know the real 2k score you need to get recruited to the college of your dreams. They certainly don’t know the 2k score you need to put you in a position to row on that college’s A boat –...
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  • A-BOAT

    In rowing, these amateur coaches have not experienced rowing at the highest level. They have no concept of the technique which enables speed, or the mental and physical training required to build a young rower to the required physiology to successfully earn a seat on the A-BOAT at the top universities in the United States.
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  • Where does Self Discipline come from? Finding the Inner Beast.

    A page from Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink Motivation and self discipline are primary ingredients for building a successful career/life in pretty much anything the world has to offer.   Over the years, the right coaches channel self discipline and motivation in athletes to help them achieve almost superhuman athletic feats.  I strongly believe that elite coaches can wake up the "inner beast" in people to help them achieve new personal bests.   Without a doubt, inner beasts come in all shapes and sizes.  This is what makes coaching exciting, as one never quite knows what type of sleeping beast gets awoken.  Check back for more...  Know...

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  • Retina Burning and Weaponizing.

    They don't know what hit them, when one of my rowers turns up at a competition.  My rowers get weaponized. 

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  • When Rage Drives You To Olympic Gold

    This is the story of never looking down at people who look up to you. When you are at the top of your game, treat the others kindly, because if you don't, they will use it as fuel to take you down at the next opportunity that presents itself.
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  • As a parent of a high school rower, does this sound familiar?

    Making sure that your child's rowing experience at the club is optimal.  I can help improve the club rowing experience.  Watch my 2 minute talk. 
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  • Testimonial: From a 6:34/2K to 6:19/2K in 30 Days, 6'1'' and 190 pounds.

    "At first sight I was very skeptical of Xeno's coaching service mainly because of the price. But as I got closer to the fall of my senior year, I only had a 6:34 and I needed to get to sub 6:20 quickly and decided to work with Xeno as he was the only one offering this kind of service. Looking back, it was by far the best decision I have ever made for my rowing career. After one month I had a 6:19 I was dreaming of just four weeks earlier. He is the best coach I ever had and...

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  • Rowing Like That Won't Get You There.

    People always ask me, 'How did you beat people so much bigger than you?' The answer is elite coaching; which includes the mental approach, physical training and rowing technique. 
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  • 2016 US Jr. National Championship: 3 GOLD - 1 SILVER - 3 BRONZE

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