Fast legs, what does it mean?
In this video for members, Rio Olympic Gold Medal winning coach Lyall McCarthy is talking about what "fast legs" means. Lyall has represented Australia 18 times as a coach on the senior team.
There is no point moving faster than the speed of the boat. Many people don't understand what "fast legs" means. "Fast legs" means a quick engagement of the legs when your blade enters the water.
You don't want to be fighting against the water. You need to engage the muscles in the legs as quickly as possible once the blade enters the water then work with the speed of the boat to accelerate the handle through the rowing stroke.
Once you have a fast connection, you are well on your way to a significant increase in boat speed. Lyall demonstrates what it looks like.
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