Coxswains are often compared to jockeys, quarterbacks, or some other form of screaming taskmaster. But our role is greater than that.
Don’t stop rowing this winter. If you live in a warmer climate, there are many lovely bodies of water to row on in the South and West. For everyone else, there’s the ergometer. Go to the Concept2 website, find a workout that suits you, and pair up with a partner for motivation and for safety.
The erg is no substitute for on-water rowing, yet it remains the best tool we have for improving sport-specific fitness and the basics of the stroke.
Days at the course offer plenty of down time, but it doesn’t have to be wasted time. Like coaches, coxswains must also be scholars of the sport. Fortunately, there is a lot they can learn by watching and listening to other crews. Technique and tactics, in particular, are elements that can be gleaned with patience and a watchful eye.
Easier does it. Racing is hard enough. Don’t make it any harder by rowing inefficiently.
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Video features: rowing intro. and warm-up, skills and drills, interval and endurance work, and ongoing motivation through graphics, action video and world-class coaching. You won’t find this level of indoor rowing instruction and footage anywhere else online.
A properly executed draw sets the stage for a clean extraction.
For coaches, selecting a coxswain can be harder than selecting the crew. No two coxswains are alike—each has his or her unique personality, experience, and voice.