Maintaining pressure on the foot stretcher of the Concept2 erg with the upper portion of the foot is crucial, Jon Gilson of Again Faster learns in part two of our five-part series on how to row faster.
Moving the feet from side to side or up and down results in lost power, wasted energy and slower times. There are only two places the work is transferred from the body to the C2 erg: the handle and foot stretcher. If the connection between the two is real and substantial, the flywheel spins faster and the athlete is rewarded with better times. Maintaining pressure on the foot stretcher is not really a matter of flexibility or coordination and it’s not especially difficult. It’s just something athletes need to be aware of and pay attention to all the time.
Once again, Jon’s coach is Chris Wilson, a former Olympic coach who is now technical advisor and in-house coach at Concept 2. Chris puts Jon through a drill that involves rising out of the seat with outstretched arms while maintaining contact with the foot stretcher. The next two next episodes in the series deal with the relationship between power, stroke rate, stroke length and speed.