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Finish please!

By admin | In Rowing | on February 21, 2013

I was checking out different Crossfit blogs the other day and came across this picture of a rower (not from our gym) getting after it.  I have no doubt that this chick was giving it her all and I’m sure she was killing this row.  But her finish was killing me so I thought I would address it here.  One of my goals as a rowing instructor is to teach proper technique so people are safe and efficient on the erg.  Unfortunately, no one told this gal that she didn’t need to pull the covers up so high.  Her excessive layback at the finish did not increase her stroke power and only added extra, unnecessary movement.  And we all know that rowing is tiring enough without adding more work that doesn’t pay off in meters.

At the finish of the stroke, position your back angle at about 20 degrees, or in the 11:00 position on a clock.  Handle comes to your sternum in a straight line from where it came out of the flywheel.  For you ladies, that is about the bottom of your sports bra.  Guys, we’re talking just at or below your pecs.  Arms are comfortably down at your sides and slightly out, but not chicken winged.  Toes should be pressed firmly into the footplate at the finish, not straining against the footstraps.

To fix excessive layback at the finish, practice rowing unstrapped.  Check out this article from
ergrowing.com:   http://www.ergrowing.com/strapless-erging-will-fix-excessive-layback/

Below are some proper finish positions from people in the rowing class.

Ronna and Carol showing good form at the finish.  Notice thier toes pressing in.
Jim finishes strong.
Finish that stroke well and set yourself up for success!  And if you need more technique tips, come visit our rowing class on M, W, or F mornings at 8:30am.

3 Comments to "Finish please!"

  • Don Kueneke says:

    February 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Leeny –
    Can I pop in on one of your rowing sessions sometime or is it a package deal?

  • Leeny Hoffmann says:

    February 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Don, you can come in as a drop in, no problem. Just go to our MindBody registration site and sign up for the Crossfit +Row class on M, W, or F at 8:30. I’d love to have you!

  • SarahF says:

    February 25, 2013 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Love this! Leeny is a great instructor with an excellent handle on technique. You’re in great hands if you’re in one of her classes!!!

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