I am very pleased to share with you a presentation that I completed a couple of weeks ago for USRowing – Understanding Force Curves To Improve.
Force application during the rowing drive phase is not a topic that gets much attention, but it is a vital factor for getting the most speed possible.
In this presentation, I provide an overview of these graphs and explain how to use them to help boost performance.
My continued thanks to Peter Mallory and the late Cas Rekers (inventor of the RowPerfect) for their support in providing the machine generated and digitally captured force curves used in this presentation.
Update: you can now view the complete The Sport of Rowing by Peter Mallory at worldrowing.com. I invite you to come to your own conclusions.
The topics covered in the presentation include:
- A brief history of force curves.
- What is a force curve?
- Kernschlag vs Schubschlag force application strategies.
- A detailed look at various successful world and Olympic athletes and the different kinds of force applications they employed.
- A brief look at force curves and applications for use in a crew.
- How to create the best force curve possible.
- Why are Steve Gladstone’s crews successful?
- A look at various apps that I have developed that use the force curve.
- RowingSTEM, applications for community outreach and access to the complete RowingSTEM curriculum.
- Q and A.
Effective Force Curves
There is a lot of value in this presentation with tips to help you row faster and be more informed. I think that you may be surprised by some of my findings. The force curve represents a scientific window into the why the art and feel of good rowing results in the fastest boat speed possible.
I hope you enjoy the presentation and it brings some value to your rowing journey!
As always, happy to answer questions or discuss how I might support you in a coaching capacity. You can always contact me at email@example.com.