I am a terrible rower…
There I said it. I suck at rowing. I dread rowing during WODs, even during warm-ups sometimes. For the life of me I can’t understand why I’m so inconsistent with my strokes. Both of my coaches have worked with me on my rowing technique, and sometimes I can implement their instructions, but then I always end up back in my old, inefficient habits. #worst
So…with the Internet as my witness, I am making it my person goal to become a better rower by the end of the Whole Life Challenge (April 13th). I figure that’s a solid date, plus our benchmark WLC WOD includes rowing at the beginning, and I want to own that WOD. Plus I’ll be able to actually “measure” my performance to determine if I’ve actually improved and become better.
How am I going to become a better rower? PRACTICE! Since our morning class is usually small, we get to warm up on the rowers a lot of the time, so that will be a great time to practice, and any other “down time” I have after WODs or on Saturdays.
I also started with some good, old-fashion research tonight (it’s what I do best). These are some great videos I found on youtube.com. The first one is long, but seemed the most helpful. The other two have a lot of background noise (literally), but are still super helpful. Jason Khalipa’s video is incredibly simple and basic, but I like his explanation of the order in which the movements happen: “Legs, Hips, Arms, Arms, Hips, Legs” Just like a ladder! I plan on saying this over and over again when I’m rowing. I hope these help!
What’s your CrossFit “goat?” What exercise/movement makes you cringe when you see it on the whiteboard?