Force Curves on rowing machine

Marlene and Rebecca welcome 2021 and discuss
– plans for 2021
– force curves on the erg

Timestamps to the show

01:00 Welcome back after the holidays
06:00 CeCe Aguda’s photo was featured in Rowing News.
11:00 Kathleen Heddle RIP – very interesting interview video with Marnie McBean
15:30 Plans for 2021 – what will be happening on Faster Masters this year? We will be raising the price of the Annual subscription on 1 February – it’s currently $300 compared to pay monthly which is $468.
21:00 Daily lessons – a new feature inside Faster Masters to check your program quickly
24:00 Your Next Race versus Peak Event – what’s the difference when you are training? Choose the right program for your main event this season. It may be during May or August – but races which you do before then won’t need to be a peak event (for which you taper). Each race builds your fitness and strength up towards your peak event. The phases of training built into the program lead up to this peak event.

Rowing force curve example
29:00 Force Curves – differences between fixed head and floating head rowing machines. Force curves graphically illustrate how you deliver your power.

Your force curve should be broadly smooth and continuous – a bell curve with a clear peak. For small boats peak half way through the curve – for larger boats, peak before half way.

32:00 Key points to look for in your force curve. Jagged points indicate slippage in your stroke. You want a bell curve shape – broadly. How high is it? How long is your curve?

When training with your crew, select the best curve from your group and all train to try to match that curve. Aligning the power delivery will make your crew boat go faster. If you cannot achieve the same length or peak, match the curve shape but at a lower peak and shorter length. Consistency is your first goal.

The Force curve analysis is our bonus in this Month’s Faster Masters program.