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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (October 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736044655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736044653
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""""A compilation of the best information from around the world, "Rowing Faster" will help you understand and utilize the techniques, training methods, and racing strategies that will help you excel in competition.""" Steven Redgrave Five-time Olympic gold medalist "I worked with many of the contributors to" Rowing Faster" while training with the Canadian team. This book is a great tool because it has so much of their valuable knowledge in one place.""" Marnie McBeanThree-time Olympic rowing champion Rowing Faster "is a collection of scientific knowledge and practical experiences that will benefit all rowers and rowing coaches. This book comes at an important time in the evolution of rowing knowledge, bringing together the best training methods and theories from around the world. It should prove to be an invaluable tool for those wanting to be the best they can be." Alan RoafExecutive director, Rowing Canada Avrion"

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""A compilation of the best information from around the world, Rowing Faster will help you understand and utilize the techniques, training methods, and racing strategies that will help you excel in competition.""

Steven Redgrave
Five-time Olympic gold medalist

“I worked with many of the contributors to Rowing Faster while training with the Canadian team. This book is a great tool because it has so much of their valuable knowledge in one place.""

Marnie McBean
Three-time Olympic rowing champion

“Rowing Faster is a collection of scientific knowledge and practical experiences that will benefit all rowers and rowing coaches. This book comes at an important time in the evolution of rowing knowledge, bringing together the best training methods and theories from around the world. It should prove to be an invaluable tool for those wanting to be the best they can be.”

Alan Roaf
Executive director, Rowing Canada Avrion

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More About the Author

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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alan Everett Michael on July 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, I just returned this book because I didn't find it very useful to me personally. Despite what that says about me as a rower, I feel that the description of the book "great for beginners to the elite" is a bit misleading. While the book addresses some issues with beginners, it's really talking to beginners [who will eventually become elite rowers].

The book reads a lot like a physics or math book. It has a ton of charts, graphs, and things dealing with physical fitness that you wouldn't know unless you saw a specialist to have testing done. It's a very dry read but makes for a good reference book.

Many of the authors talk about "the ideal" rower, being so-many feet tall with 6% bodyfat, along with other ideals. While this is fine, the bulk of the text has an undertone that suggests "if you don't meet these ideals, you're going to suck at rowing." The book often refers to your first "years of training" as if you're wasting your time if you're only doing this for a year or two.

Each chapter is written by a different person, so there's not really a lot of chronology. There's nothing really wrong with this, but it refers back to the book seeming a lot like a textbook.

Rowing is a tough sport, and there's no "you can do it!" or "great job!" encouragement for beginners in this book. Think of it as a text version of a coach. In fact, the book seems to be geared more toward coaches, and less toward individual rowers.

Nothing I've said is explicitly negative, just not what I was looking for in this book. I have to say it's jam packed with information, much of it technical, about this great sport. This would make a great reference book for a coach, team captain, or SERIOUS rower.

If I were to sum it up in one sentence, the book says "This is what rowing is, this is what rowers have to do to be awesome, take it or leave it."
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Xeno Muller on January 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is the best source of information to increase boat speed.

Xeno Muller

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Olympic Medalist, men's single scull rowing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is not for novices, it's for the already advanced rower, who wants to significantly improve their speed, and technique. It goes into complete detail on every major subject pretaining to rowing, from race prep. months in advance, to the race itself, this book covers it all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TS Lloyd on March 8, 2007
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This is the definitive book on the current state of the art in rowing both on the water and on the erg. But it won't teach you how to row. Only how to think about things to improve and how everything fits together. The only other product out there today that comes close to this, and is really an excellent companion piece, is Xeno Muller's interactive DVDs.
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