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22 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely the best explanation ever! Thanks for another awesome video to help us connect to our machines!

  2. I noticed you don't mention anything about stress on the knee joint when lifting the heels. I started getting knee pain after a few months of rowing. I found it dissipated when I left my heels pants and felt more connected to the machine as you mention.

  3. When I row on the machine and we do not lift our heels we call that 3/4 slide as we are trying to gain length. Also the connection to the machine comes from the arms as they are connected to the handles on a machine or the water in a boat

  4. Thanks for all the info and videos you put out. I've been using the erg to find my way back to better health and weight loss. Your videos answer any and every question I have before I can post the question.

  5. DH talks a lot of sense and I agree with his methods, however, I find that lifting the heels just an inch or so allows to accommodate the first 30-40cm of the stroke during which we prepare for the actual main part of the stroke, when most of the water work is done.

  6. Can I lift like 1/2 to 1" with my shoe heel still connected to the plate? Leaving it flat shortens my stroke and accentuates my right leg being shorter by 1/2".

  7. I'm curious as to the need to wrench down so hard with the foot straps. Ideally, on water ,you should be able to finish your drive and release the oars with a simple tap down and swing the hands, arms away and rotate of the upper torso over hips to initiate the recovery without the temptation to pull up on the toe straps (even unconsciously) Pulling hard against the straps (or even in your shoes in a boat) causes a slowdown of boat speed and can lead to a too fast slide recovery and crashing into the catch (again, another check on boat speed). I guess for non-rowers it's fine, but for rowers going out the water – I'd suggest trying to apply as much force as possible without the straps even engaged. You'll quickly find the limits of your body opening and arm pull at the finish.

  8. i appreciate you leaving the commentary up here. as a novice ERG user but with on-water experience, i am currently working through flexibility issues and heel blisters. The context of this drill and the progression through it was important to me and seeing the discussions help me reconcile erg technique approaches. the dialog was really helpful

  9. Folks, allow me to introduce myself first to give more credibility. I am Lucio Rezende, former international rower, 4 times Brazilian national champion, 6th place in World Championship 1986, and rowing coach certified by International Olympic Committee. I have a rowing school at Celebration, Florida and i am the founder of RowLab project. I have read few comments below and I would like to leave my contribution. The best advice regarding lifting the heels in the catch is that it should not be considered as an error or hit. The most important is the right catch position. If the athlete has the body slanted projected forward of the seat, straight backs, correct position of the hip, legs, arms, it does not matter if he lifts or not the heels a little. This is more about each one's size and flexibility. In addition, when the legs push is effectively started, the muscles are tensioned and there is greater amplitude of the stroke making the heels to immediately plant flat at the footplater. The legs naturaly seek for the best impulse with the solid base. For instance, if we are going to jump, naturally our legs seek for the best sequence of foot ball, mid foot, heel, knees, etc… During the most effective moment of the stroke, the athlete will always push the leg from the midfoot as long as the footplate is at the right level. The long stroke is always more effective than a short one. Therefore the range of the stroke should never be compromised by putting the detail of the heels' lift in priority. Dark Horse is a great program and has great videos. My humble opinion is that another video about the position of the heels should be edited so as not to leave the athletes misguided, especially the beginners. Strong hugs to all. My instagram luciorezende_rowlab

  10. This is just not correct, I am an experienced rower and lifting the heels is part of the stroke, ask any rower or coach. You are right about not pushing through balls of the feet but the correct technique is at the catch snap the heels down and suspend of the catch to get maximum power at the catch. Also in the Video talking about length you are demonstrating while keeping your heels down so your seat is only at half slide, this in not good length! It is very hypocritical. This information is wrong have you ever rowed before or had any training or are you just making it up?

  11. Great video and you answer the burning question I've had since I started following Dark Horse rowing (Love your channel by the way). I've been playing around with your prescibed technique (as you perfectly demo my ball of the foot technique in this vid. lol) but as a Speller sized athlete I feel like I'm giving up at lot of rowing real estate and drive by staying connected through the heels (it seems like the saddle moves less than a foot when I row through my heels.haha). Is there any technique difference between your shorter and taller athletes (aside from stroke rate)? Or is the DH way the best for everyone? *Can't say I've put DH though any serious testing, yet. Just playing around still. So yes, I'll need to do my due diligence at some point soon and find comparable benchmarks between the two (toes vs.. heels).

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