Most of us have very little (or zero) rowing experience, so you're not alone if it isn't a strength for you.
I'm tall, so when our gym unboxed it's first set of rowers back in the day, I assumed I would be pretty competitive with this new movement.
I mean, what's to know? Sit on the seat, and pull on the handle, right? Well, wrong.
It turns out there are lots of things that go into great rowing, but one tip made all the difference for me, so I thought I would pass it on to you.
Here is the mental cue: Put your handle back first.
After you've pressed with your legs, opened up your hips, and you're leaning back slightly with the handle at your chest...
1. Straighten your arms (put the handle back first). 2. Bend forward at the waist. 3. Bend your knees to return to the catch position.
Here is a video from Concept 2 Rowers that talks about this sequence in more depth & offers some drills to practice during warm-ups.
(It should be noted here that we're not affiliated with Concept 2. We just love this simple instructional video)
So there you have it. This one tip (put the handle back first) improved my rowing times IMMEDIATELY, so I hope it will do the same for you! Don't get us wrong though. We still hate how the rower destroys our ability to walk straight, breathe, or rhyme. Which is why we created this fun rowing tank. Click below to brows ALL our shirts!