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VINE VOICEon November 8, 2013
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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on November 25, 2014
Superb footnoted scientific review of all aspects of rowing. Very useful for coaches and high performance athletes.
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on August 16, 2016
Well developed ideas things to consider to improve boat speed.
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on July 21, 2013
Really informative with specific information such as physiology and weights training. Have to seperate some of the information which isn't really relevant to me, but well set out to make it easier to do so.
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on February 3, 2016
informative, a necessity
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on August 22, 2015
Excellent information for competitive rowers!
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on May 15, 2014
A lot of information for the new rowers and for the old rowers or even trainers. Very nicely written and good presentation!
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on September 25, 2014
Great book! It's really helped my kids to row better. Thanks!
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on December 8, 2013
Read it once clover to cover. Then leave it handy and refer to it now and then. You will enjoy it.
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on August 29, 2011
The second edition is an excellent and exhaustive compendium on many aspects of rowing (physics, biomechanics, physiology, coaching, etc.), but seems to have little concrete advice as to how actually to row faster- other than to be strong, eat and train well, think positively, and to consider "possible" rigging modifications. See further comments at [...].
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