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In Rowing

October 26, 2016

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(Oct. 31, 2016—Corrects to identify Josh Crosby as co-founder of the 50-minute rowing program Indo-Row.)

Jonathan Burns remembers the soul-sucking pain of a 2-kilometer ergometer test. His best score in his rowing prime was 5:56—an all-out effort that left him in a physical shambles, he said.

“I would be lying there recovering for two days after a 2-kilometer test,” said the former college and national-team rower… Continue Reading

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Dirt Rowed

By Emily Beers

In Equipment, Rowing

January 05, 2016

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Filthy, under-maintained rowing machines cost affiliates money and add seconds to workouts.

You’re finishing the 1,000-m row during Jackie and can’t afford to waste time before moving to the thrusters. In a rush to unstrap your feet, you finish your last stroke, release the handle and let it smash into the monitor.

Your affiliate owner might admire your intensity but loathe your carelessness, and if you dismounted the rowing machine with such abandon… Continue Reading

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Pace Makes Race

By Emily Beers

In Rowing

May 19, 2014

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Harvard University Crew members and coaches advise CrossFit athletes to use pacing to become more efficient on the rowing machine.

For many CrossFit athletes, the rowing machine is like a first date: a blend of dread and discomfort. The problem often isn’t a lack of fitness but a lack of understanding of pace.

“I think I held around a 2:00 or a 2:20 pace on that 2-km row,” is a line… Continue Reading

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In Rowing

May 12, 2014

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A decision in 1976 by the Radcliffe women’s crew continues to affect every single woman who puts an oar in the water at Harvard University today.

In 1976 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Nelia Newell was a young college student at Radcliffe College, a liberal-arts institution founded in 1879 that essentially acted as the sister school to the all-male Harvard University.

Newell played ice hockey, and she joined the Radcliffe… Continue Reading

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Crashing the Party

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Rowing, Sports Applications

March 04, 2014

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CrossFit athletes increased their presence at this year’s CRASH-B event, helping the sport of rowing grow and change its image. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

When Syn Martinez walked into the arena, he didn’t notice the stares. As a 6-foot-2 tattooed black man who often wears T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Afro Brutality,” a guy gets accustomed to things.

Beside him was Sarah Grey, an athlete at Martinez’s affiliate, CrossFit Harlem. She’s a… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Rowing, Sports Applications

April 26, 2013

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Krista Guloien is an Olympic rower who brought home a silver medal for Canada last year. She’s also now a CrossFit athlete.

“Working with and for other people was the key to me doing as much as I did or going as hard as I did,” says the rower who competed in the women’s eights in London.

She adds, “(That) extra something ... was about not letting my teammates down.”

Guloien says working with and against others in… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, HD Videos, Rowing

April 11, 2013

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At 13, Ryan O’Rourke decided to try CrossFit as a way to improve at hockey.

“I wanted to play in college more than anything,” he says. “That’s what … I dreamt about.”

The plan changed when he rowed 2,000 meters in 7:17.

“To row those kind of times, you’ve gotta be willing to suffer,” explains Markus Riggleman, owner and head trainer at CrossFit Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. “And to see that he—even at 13—was willing to … go there was cool.”

Today, at 17… Continue Reading

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A Biomechanical Analysis of Rowing

By Joel R. Martin and Bryan St. Andrews

In Rowing

December 06, 2012

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Proper coordination and sequencing of movements will result it efficient, powerful rowing. Joel Martin and Bryan St. Andrews explain.

Rowing requires proper technique to maximize performance. Maintaining correct posture and properly sequencing leg, trunk and arm motion are important aspects of proper rowing technique.

Several research studies have been performed to characterize optimal rowing techniques. Most rowing experts agree that the… Continue Reading

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