I’m a 50+ y/o former tennis player and ultra-marathon runner who started erging several years ago to stay in shape, but I stopped making progress. I searched the internet for answers and found Neil’s YouTube videos. They were clear and informative. Neil effectively articulates rowing and erging concepts; he makes things simple and straightforward. I contacted him to create an individualized four-week training program for a 2k race. The plan was concise and easy to follow, and I appreciated that he checked in on my progress. I could not have been happier with the results! Following his plan, I cut my 2k time by 11 seconds in only four weeks! And, I beat my target goal by 4 seconds. Now, I’m considering signing up for more custom coaching. I have tremendous confidence in Neil’s ability to help me achieve— and surpass — my goals.
"It has been a rewarding experience to work with Coach Neil Bergenroth. His tailored workout program is very effective and provides rapid improvements in fitness. When it comes to technique, it is clear that you are learning from a world-class coach that is very passionate about the sport. On the top of that, Neil Bergenroth has the didactics of a Professor, his analogies really stick in your mind and are valuable tools when rowing either on the erg machine or on the water."
I’m about ten weeks into a program that Neil prepared for me and I’ve already lowered my personal best in the 2K twice! The program Neil designed is personalized for me; it’s designed to target my weaknesses while also training all energy systems in order to achieve my particular goals. I know I’ve got a richly knowledgeable, highly experienced, truly thoughtful coach in my corner. He consistently offers helpful feedback, positive encouragement, and is always available to connect. I can’t recommend him highly enough!
I started indoor rowing over two years ago when I purchased my Concept 2. I met Coach Neil through an online search when my progress started fading, and in some respects, going in the opposite direction. This is my third month on his program and my gains in performance, technique, and confidence on the ERG have been astounding. Through Coach's program, I learned that rowing is a very technical sport. To my surprise, I feel that half of my improvements are coming from my rowing form and efficiency. All the YouTube videos I've studied don't compare to Coach Neil's real-time one on one hour lesson via Skype and his monthly personal rowing technique video analysis. I can't recommend enough to anyone looking for big gains in both performance and technique Coach Neil's training programs with at least one real-time lesson. I personally look forward to bigger gains throughout the year as I progress.
I’ve known Coach Neil for 3 years. He’s coached in both of my gyms now for 2+. His dedication to the sport of rowing and to the development of rowers young and old is second to none. Neil understands that to become better in the sport, one must spend time on an erg, in the water, and in the weight room. He understands both the mechanics of rowing and the energy systems that need to be trained to become faster and more efficient. If you’re ever in need of someone to take you or your gym’s rowing to the next level, don’t hesitate to contact Coach Neil Bergenroth.
I rowed for 5 years and coached for 3 under Neil - to me, he will always be Coach B. I have experienced his coaching abilities from both an athlete and a colleague perspective. During this period, I have witnessed a youth rowing club grow from 12 athletes to well over 50 at one given time, from racing locally to internationally, and from two coaches to seven. How does this happen? Coach B was able to take the abilities and talents of each individual athlete/parent/sponsor and bring it together by helping everyone focus on one common goal. He believes in, trusts in, and pushes everyone to emerge as a champion. Coach B is highly skilled not only with the fundamentals of rowing, but also the fundamentals of life. He was a source of inspirational fuel during my rowing career; and today, he is the root of my success as a rowing coach.
I met Coach Neil at a race in Dallas a few years ago. He noticed something in my technique that was costing me power and made a timely recommendation. Coach Neil was able to give me a drill to fix the ‘bad habit’. He has a passion for rowing and developing both the rower and the crew! His analytical tools are TREMENDOUS, giving you a workout by workout plan to reach YOUR goals! He’s available for video analysis, one on one private sessions and even post-workout follow-ups he can quickly pinpoint areas that need attention and recommend drills accordingly. If you or your rowers are looking for breakthroughs I would look at the tools Coach Neil brings to the table!
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