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Old 10-14-2007, 05:19 AM   #1
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Rowing Question

When rowing how far back do you lean when fully extended at the legs. I have been leaning back quite far to get more pull. The Concept website says slightly, is that more efficient?

Also when you bring the handle to your abs is it the upper or lower part of the abs. I found that I get a little bit more leverage when I touch the lower part of my abs.
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:04 AM   #2
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Re: Rowing Question

http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/excercise.html#Row
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Old 10-14-2007, 10:53 AM   #3
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Re: Rowing Question

You should pull to the upper abdominals, more or less around the bottom of the sternum. As you lean back (slightly) at the end of the stroke, the higher pull increases the stroke length slightly. Stroke length is an important factor in rowing -- that's why the most competitive rowers (other than lightweights) tend to be fairly tall.

A good way to get a feel for just how far to lean back is to row strapless -- you will learn to balance on the seat -- very quickly -- instead of using the straps to hold yourself in position. It really helps with efficiency. For more, got to http://www.c2forum.com.
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Old 10-14-2007, 12:07 PM   #4
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Re: Rowing Question

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF5UA00IIS8

Short video (safe) of two Olympic gold medal scullers, Xeno Muller and Rob Waddell. An erg is hugely more forgiving of poor technique than a scull, but the stroke is fundamentally the same.
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:17 PM   #5
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Re: Rowing Question

Thanks for the info. Also if the chain whips around is that an indication of poor form, or is it going to happen when doing something like 500m for time?
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