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"Volker Nolte provides a blueprint for success in our sport. Rowing Faster is a must-read for all rowing coaches, from novice to elite." -- Mike Teti, Head Coach, Men's Rowing, University of California at Berkeley

Rowing Faster is the book that I needed when training and competing in order to understand the theories behind the regimens and routines. Incredibly, Volker Nolte manages to capture not only the sport of rowing but also the elusive qualities of the art of rowing.” -- Kathleen Heddle, Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

About the Author

Volker Nolte is director of the rowing program and assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches coaching and biomechanics. Since 1993, he has led his men's rowing team to 10 Ontario University Athletics Championships and three Canadian University Championships. In 2008, his university crew won the German University Championships and the Temple Challenge Cup at the famous Henley Royal Regatta in England. He was the lightweight men’s national team coach with the German Rowing Association from 1984 to 1990 and with Rowing Canada from 1992 to 2000. His national team crews won an Olympic silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games, two world championship titles in 1993 and 2000, and several medals at recent world championships.

Nolte received both a physical education diploma (1976) and a civil engineering diploma (1979) from the University of Saarbrücken in Germany and a PhD (1984) in biomechanics from the German University of Sport Sciences in Cologne. Nolte is an internationally acknowledged expert in biomechanics. He presents frequently at scientific and coaching education conferences worldwide with his research focusing on coaching and biomechanics of high-performance sport, especially rowing. He is also a distinguished researcher in the field of sport equipment. His research has produced many papers in refereed journals and articles in various publications.

Nolte is an experienced rower, representing his home country of Germany at several world championships. He is still a keen competitor in masters events and lives in London, Ontario, Canada.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736090401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736090407
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Volker Nolte is Rowing Head Coach and assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches coaching and biomechanics. Since 1993, he has led the men's rowing team to 10 Ontario University Athletics Championships and three Canadian University Championships. Since 2010, Volker is leading the Western women's and men's rowing program. In 2008, his university crew won the German University Championships and the Temple Challenge Cup at the famous Henley Royal Regatta in England. He was the lightweight men's national team coach with the German Rowing Association from 1984 to 1990 and with Rowing Canada from 1992 to 2000. His national team crews won an Olympic silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games, two world championship titles in 1993 and 2000, and several medals at recent world championships.

Nolte received both a physical education diploma (1976) and a civil engineering diploma (1979) from the University of Saarbrücken in Germany and a PhD (1984) in biomechanics from the German University of Sport Sciences in Cologne. Nolte is an internationally acknowledged expert in biomechanics. He presents frequently at scientific and coaching education conferences worldwide with his research focusing on coaching and biomechanics of high-performance sport, especially rowing. He is also a distinguished researcher in the field of sport equipment. His research has produced many papers in refereed journals and articles in various publications.

Nolte is an experienced rower, representing his home country of Germany at several world championships. He is still a keen competitor in masters events and lives in London, Ontario, Canada.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank_Biller on November 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
After the huge success of the first edition of "Rowing Faster", coaches and athletes were waiting for the second edition to come out. Following the proven format of the first edition, articles from top coaches and sport scientists are grouped by different subject matters. The book is a great read.

Although called the second edition, it is not a repeat or "re-worked" version of the first edition but moreover a stand-alone book for coaches and athletes. It does however complement the first edition well.

What I particularly like about the book is that it resembles the challenges of coaching in a fine way: coaching rowing is a balance act, an art perhaps, between science and intuition, between hard numbers and feel, as well as mental aspects. The book offers exactly that, where world renown scientists explain the physical and physiological facts around rowing, where top level coaches offer their thoughts on the rowing stroke, development and racing as well as articles on other aspects of the sport, such as team management, adaptive rowing and philosophical aspects.

"Rowing Faster" is a great collection of resources, however, not an easy read. You will quickly find out that the articles will force you to stop and think, and hopefully inspire to re-think. Also, it is challenging to read about biomechanics and then switch into mental aspects of racing as these are two very different subjects. I find it most satisfactory to read (and re-read) one article at the time to thoroughly process it - and if applicable I try to work it into our program here at UVA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ThirstyBrooks on February 25, 2012
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Rowing Faster provides encyclopedic coverage of the material you need to be a rowing coach. Other sources can provide additional valuable material, but Rowing Faster offers everything you need to get started at a serious level.

The book opens with four chapters of material you'll need to fill out course justification forms at an institution of higher learning. Competitive athletes may find this portion pedantic and skip over it.

The next six chapters cover the physics and biomechanics of rowing. As the old joke says, understand the physics of baseball has little to do with being able to hit one out of the park. But not understanding the physics of rowing means you'll probably get tired earlier. Unlike the situation in baseball, understanding the physics in rowing could make the difference between winning and losing.

The next five chapters cover training, conditioning, and attitudes. Rowers and coaches without a strong library of other sources on these topics will find this material extremely important.

The remaining sections cover a variety of topics that are important to a minority of rowers. Adaptive rowing explains how to accommodate handicapped rowers, which can appeal to determined but injured rowers. There's a chapter for women in rowing, but it seems somewhat limited in its outlook. The chapters on managing a team and selecting athletes will help coaches, even those in nonacademic environments. The chapter on tapering for racing notes that tapering can provide an important advantage for excellent crews, but far beyond the novice stage crews benefit from a heavy load of practicing technical excellence up to 2 days before the race. And every rower should think about Learning from Racing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Andreas Schotter on August 16, 2011
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I have read about every rowing book there is. In general I have been disappointed by reference books since they often leave those who have more advanced knowledge about rowing wanting. Nolte's Rowing Faster 2nd Edition disappoints not. It does both, complementing and building on the first edition. In fact, it is not an update but a completely new book. The topics are very relevant and should be read, understood and applied by any serious beginners, high school, collegiate, and even elite coach. I like especially how Nolte uses the contextual integration with contributions from world class rowers at the beginning of each chapter. It provides the necessary grounding and relevance that a book about rowing needs. One can tell that Nolte is still actively involved in making rowers go faster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Grattan VINE VOICE on November 8, 2013
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This book is a collection of about thirty articles covering many aspects of rowing at an elite level written by scientists, coaches, and athletes (most of whom are now coaches) with vast experience and accomplishments in rowing. The sections of the book are The Philosophy of Rowing, Long-Term Athlete Development, Rowing Science, Training in Rowing, Racing, and The Future of Rowing.

While good to elite rowers will find some of the articles interesting, the book is geared towards coaches wanting to get the most out of their athletes. Some of the topics are coaching philosophy, long-term athlete development, understanding how athletes learn, rowing physiology and biomechanics, strength training, nutrition, the psychology of rowing, how to select athletes, racing and tapering for races, boat setup, and the future of rowing.

Almost all of the articles evidence some or all of the following shortcomings: have minimal context, are largely an overview and seem incomplete, cram too much technical information in too short of a space, etc. While the articles are often interesting, because of the brevity, incompleteness, and complexities, it is not clear how to practically use the information. It is doubtful that a good rower could take this book and put him- or herself on a path to being a faster rower.
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