Slide Drill

Video of the Slide Drill (to come)

Slide work commences with fixed-seat rowing and then the slide (or legs) are gradually included, beginning with half slide (half leg compression)) and finally full slide (full leg compression). This drill is particularly useful for teaching people correct technique in small stages.

No slide: begin with Arms Only Rowing,

Bring in the Body swing for Arms & Body Only Rowing. the legs are kept straight and the body is rocked over from the pelvis.  Only the upper body and arms are used.

Half slide: at the rocked over checkpoint, the knees bend and the seat slides to half way up the slide, the handle reaches to above the feet position.

View video of Half Slide Rowing.

Full slide: concentrating on maintaining the above sequence of movement, the legs bend fully and the seat slides forwards towards the heels of the feet reaching the Catch check point.

View video of Full Slide Rowing

Slide work combines the different slide length drills together so that the user gradually builds up to full side and then builds down to arms only rowing.  This embeds the elements of technique into the full slide action. Practicing each slide length for a minute or so and then returning to full-range rowing enables you to feel the effect of each drill on your co-ordination.

An examples of using the slide drill when warming up is:

  • 20 strokes arms only rowing

  • 20 strokes arms&body only rowing

  • 20 strokes half slide

  • 20 strokes full slide

  • 20 strokes half slide

  • 20 strokes arms&body only rowing

  • 20 strokes arms only rowing

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