exercises

Crew – Stroke against crew

Practice: The stroke attempt by variations in powerand stroke rate to get rid of the crew. The crew tries to follow the stroke witin a specified number of strokes. If it takes more than this number of strokes to syncronize pressure and stroke rate again, the stroke wins, otherwise the crew wins. Experienced teams follow in the same stroke (within one stroke) or the immediately following stroke (within two strokes). Average teams need 3-4 strokes, inexperienced teams need 5 or more strokes. The stroke has the obligation to make the changes “executable”. So for example not in one draw from light pressure to strong pressure but for example in (at least) three strokes.
Type: Motor exercise. This is because the rowers' sensory system is trained.
Purpose: Realizeing a dynamical similarity, ie the similarity is realized through attentiveness and not through an ingrained stroke or static similarity.
Focus: Look at the blade of the stroke. Feel the handle(s) when it pulls harder or lighter on the fingers as other rowers row with less or more force. Feel the pressure on the foot stretcher if other rowers rowing faster or slower.
Variation: Designate one of the other rowers in the crew as 'stroke'. This makes feeling the similarity important than seeing it. Combine this exercise with the exercise Eyes closed rowing.

Crew – Eyes closed rowing
Crew – Sitting the boat

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