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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.""" 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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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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A Kid's Review on April 14, 2007
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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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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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'Rowing Faster' is the best and most up-to-date textbook on rowing I know. Each chapter within segments such as physiology, psychology, technique etc. is written by a true expert and well edited by Volker Nolte.

Buy this book.
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This book is fun to read and has a lot of useful tips. I'd recommend it for anyone who's into rowing. I'm basically a beginner (1 year of rowing), so it was useful for me, but there was plenty of advanced stuff, as well as information for coaches and coxswains.

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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By far the best book covering rowing's technique, rower strength training, rower endurance training, etc. A definite must for anyone with an eye for excelling as a rower or as a coach. Volker knows how to get the best of the best (including himself) to write and explain in this compilation of coaches.
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