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The Complete Guide to Indoor Rowing (Complete Guides) Paperback – July 15, 2012
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About the Author
Jim Flood is the author of Know the Game: Rowing. He is a tutor and assessor for indoor and outdoor rowing coaches, and works internationally to help countries raise their coaching levels to Olympic standards.
Dr Charles Simpson, a senior lecturer in Exercise & Sports Science at Oxford Brookes University, has coached for the last 16 years in the UK, USA and Australia, and received the Coach of the Year award from British Rowing in 2007.
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This relatively short book is both a broad and detailed look at virtually all aspects of rowing. The most important chapters are concerned with rowing technique, the physiology of rowing, and training. Other chapters discuss the history of rowing and rowing machines, the psychology of rowing, nutrition, including performance enhancers, the transference of skills and performance between on-water versus indoor rowing, and coaching techniques and requirements.
Once basics are understood, especially how to row, most important is how to train. The chapter on training defines five intensity levels; short, medium, and long training cycles; and phases of preparation, competition, and transition. These concepts are integrated into a 26 week training program. What is missing and would have been easy to include is a specific example of how to set up a training program for a person with a certain level of fitness. That example could then be extrapolated to others. The subjects of strokes per minute and setting the damper on the fan are only minimally mentioned, though they engender quite a bit of debate in the online rowing community.
What does one think about when rowing? As it turns out, people who are so-called internalizers are inclined to associative thought or task-specific, while externalizers are more inclined towards free-flowng thinking or disassociative thought. Both types of people tend to concentrate on the rowing and how they are doing when making hard efforts. The chapter on nutrition indicates that there are legal performance enhancers, caffeine for one and creatine for another. However, they work only on the margins. Of more importance is hydration and the proper mix of protein and carbohydrates.
It would be a nice addition to see information on what rowers typically wear, what injuries and conditions are peculiar to rowing, and the standard layout and conduct of indoor racing venues. The inclusion of how-to-coach sections at first seems to be an odd fit, but they do give rowers ideas about what to expect from coaching. The case studies of several successful rowing athletes, young and old, male and female, and all of them from the UK are of some interest.
All in all, this is a well put together book on rowing loaded with information. It is eminently readable. Its appeal would range from rank beginners to intermediate rowers who plan to or are already competing.
I especially appreciate the section about nutrition, maintaining hydration and sweat loss.