For Coaches and Equipment managers

  1. Using the EmPower Oarlock to Sync Catches in Team Boats

    We reached out to Matt Muffelman, coach of the 2017 Men's LW 4-, to see how he was using the Oarlocks in practice. His advice should be helpful to anyone looking to improve catch timing in team boats. Read more...
  2. Watts on Watts: Interval Training with Power

    On-the-water power meters became widely accessible to rowers with the launch of the EmPower Oarlock in late 2016; but now that we can get one, what do we do with it?

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  3. Finding the Boatmovers

    Finding the Boatmovers

    Until recently, the most accurate metric for on-the-water performance has been the 500-meter split. It makes sense: races are measured in time over distance, so why not measure practice pieces the same way?

    If the goal is to improve an athlete’s performance, a logical requirement is to be able to accurately measure that performance. The biggest problem with using splits to gauge improvement is that boat speed doesn’t just depend on the athlete’s input; it’s also affected by numerous other factors including current, wind, weight, and rigging.

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  4. For Coaches: The Perfect Pre-Race Email

    For Coaches: The Perfect Pre-Race Email

    Hello Rowers!

    The Time is here. Time to show our competitors that we are faster since [last regatta]. Focus on your boats, row together and go out there and have fun.

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  5. Reading the River, Part 1: Avoiding Obstacles

    Reading the River, Part 1: Avoiding Obstacles A sandbar ripped this skeg box right out of the hull.

    Underwater Obstacles

    Keep an eye out for V-shaped patterns in the water. Stationary objects underneath the surface create wakes just like boats do. The V will point toward you when you’re rowing with the current and away from you when you’re rowing against the current. Underwater obstacles don’t always disturb the water above them, but if you see this pattern in the surface of the water, stay away!

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  6. 7 Reasons Why Coxswains Should Learn How to Row

    7 Reasons Why Coxswains Should Learn How to Row

    1). You'll make better technical calls.

    There is no substitute for learning by doing. One of your major responsibilities as a coxswain is to reinforce your coach's idea of good technique. Instead of parroting the coach's calls, you can build on those concepts with your own vocabulary and keep your crew engaged and listening for the whole practice. It'll also be easier to diagnose issues and make suggestions when something isn't quite right.

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  7. Set up Custom Workouts on Your SpeedCoach

    You will need: A SpeedCoach GPS 2 with Training Pack

    To see which model SpeedCoach you have (model one or model two), turn it around and look at the back. The SpeedCoach GPS 2 will say "model 2" on the left side above the letters "FC"; the SpeedCoach GPS 1 will not.

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  8. It's IN The Computer: A No-Nonsense Breakdown of Rowing Tech Jargon

    Feeling a little lost when others are slinging around rowing jargon? Here are over 40 rowing terms and their definition to help you fit in better at parties and in the boat house.

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  9. "Working" My Core with the EmPower Oarlock

    By Alix James

    I've been working through the real-time measurements available with my EmPower Oarlock connected to my SpeedCoach GPS – exploring the relationships between my rowing stroke and what the numbers on the screen are telling me. I'm lucky enough to row with a coach on a somewhat regular basis as part of Vesper Boat Club's master's program, so I have a very good idea of the many, many ways I need to improve. It has been really interesting seeing what values give me feedback that seems to match up to good rowing.

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  10. Oarlock Q&A with Michael Naughton

    Michael Naughton, the Director of Product Management here at NK, sat down to answer two frequently asked questions about the new Empower Oarlock.

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