This past Friday I introduced a new client at the gym to rowing. I was only using rowing as part of the warmup, but still needed to impart some words of advice on technique and “how to row” without taking the whole session. I imagine it’s a challenge that a lot of athletes, rowers, and trainers run into. What do you do with a class or client when there is limited time and you’d like to get them rowing well enough to have fun, push themselves, and walk away having learned something?
Below is a video I made when I was in the Institute for Rowing Leadership a couple of years ago. One thing I might modify for using this type of intro in a gym setting would be to say the words “Push Away” instead of “Stretch Away” in order to emphasize that rowing is a pushing sport. Try both though and see what happens.
If you have any good ideas or experiences for introducing rowing in 5min to new rowers or a class of athletes please share to comments!