How do women row?

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The answer to the question “how do women row?” is – the same way as men. At least Helen Glover and Heather Stanning do.

Here’s a technical analysis of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning vs Eric Murray and Hamish Bond. According to our Chief Technique Analyst, Xeno Müller, the rowing technique of the two pairs is amazingly similar. He takes a deeper look at five issues:

  • Skeletal hang of the leg drive
  • Last 1/4 of leg drive couple with upper body swing
  • Arms are left over for the end of the stroke
  • Early rise of knees
  • Outside leg shins at different angles at the catch

In conclusion, he says that sequencial power application in rowing is the most effective way to win an Olympic gold medal.


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  1. Yes, there are differences between the way men and women row. Men are stronger than women particularly in the upper body and so can handle some technique variations that few women can master.

    One is the ‘bent arm catch’. Ekaterina Karsten can do it and so can most of the men single scullers – few other women try!