Unmissable lessons from 2 World Champion Gold Medal winning coaches
Lyall McCarthy is a Senior Coach for Rowing Australia and coached Kim Brennan (formally Kim Crow) to be the World Champion in the single for 2 years out of 3.
You may recall that Kim won two medals in rowing at the London Olympics. Lyall is currently coaching Kim on her way to Rio to compete in the single.
In this video Lyall discusses what fast legs really means in rowing and we found the information excellent.
In our experience when a coach asks an athlete to have fast legs this is often taken to mean push your legs down fast with the outcome that the athlete tires more quickly and tears the puddle.
Both of these outcomes make the boat slower.
The concept of fast legs can be easy to understand but a lot harder to implement in practice. We would suggest that the easiest place to train an athlete to get great connection is on the ergo.
To see how to train this technique, please look at this video of Brett Crow and Ciona demonstrating how to learn this on the ergo.
What 's really important is connection with the water at the catch and this should be done quickly and only once the athlete has connection then the leg drive and the speed of the boat should be matched.
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