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January 03, 2013
The catch position on the rower is where you’re able to load up and prepare for the next stroke, Shane Farmer of CrossFit Rowing says in Part 1 of this series.
“If we’ve missed the catch, we’ve missed the stroke completely,” Farmer says.
With good posture, the chest needs to come to the knees so there is increased tension on the lower back and hamstrings, he adds.
“It’s like loading up a spring,” Farmer explains. “I never want to give up my posture to get length.”
Moving through the stroke is called the drive. It’s the only place where an athlete applies work to the machine. Sliding back up to the catch position is called the recovery; no work is applied to the machine.
“From the catch position, we lock the hips into place with this perfect posture—chest to knee—you start driving the legs away,” Farmer says. “Once the legs are done, or about to finish, you swing the back open and then snap the hands in.”
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Additional reading: A Biomechanical Analysis of Rowing by Joel R. Martin and Bryan St. Andrews, published Dec. 6, 2012.