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Rowing Faster Paperback – October 4, 2004
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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.""
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.""
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.”
Executive director, Rowing Canada Avrion
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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."
Olympic Medalist, men's single scull rowing.
Buy this book.
However, I have two criticisms of this book. First, it's essentially a compilation of essays about rowing, so it lacks unity or a coherent order to it. Thus, it's not as navigable as, say, a "Rowing for Dummies" book would be if they made one. Second, many of the chapters are heavily laden with scientific detail about physiology and the bodily functions that are occurring when you're rowing. Reading that stuff was very complicated, and also unnecessary - I'd rather have more practice and training techniques and less of the science behind why they work.
Aside from those criticisms, the book was good. It offers some helpful tips, although I had the feeling that I had to skim through a lot of other stuff in order to get to the tips I wanted. And, of course, no book is going to make you a good rower - that can only come with practice.
I wish someone would write a better rowing book because I think there's a lot of room for improvement. But among the rowing books out there, this is one of the best.
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Time consuming, not user friendly, but definitely a place to gain boat speed through understanding.Published 2 months ago by Mens354
a few of the articles were below the scope of this book. But in general it is interestesting and pertinent informationPublished on January 12, 2013 by Northern Strider