by **LJWagner** » August 30th, 2006, 12:14 am

Stroke length/handle travel depends on:

leg length

arm length to curve of the fingers

torso length

back curve (forward) at the catch and at the finish (if different)

change in body angle from catch to finish.

Just measure the distance the handle travels from your catch position to where it reverses near your body. Mark the spots on a wall and measure it. For me, that is about 48 inches, 66.6% of height. That is with vertical shins. Depending how far I go past vertical shins, and lean, I can hit the pm chain guard on my model A C2, getting another 8 inches.

Thinking optimum length is some set percentage of height is silly. It will be in the 60-70 % range for most. A little less back, I am at 63% of height. A touch more back, and longer slide forward, and I am at 72% or more.

Average force applied will depend on your maintainable strength, predominantly in bench row and squats/leg press for the duration of a row. With knees more bent, you have less strength (duh) than when nearly fully extended, which explains partly why you can't have a square force curve.

Increase your low back strength and bench row strength, then your arm speed will improve and you will make more watts.

Do your warm-ups, and cooldown, its not for you, its for your heart ! Live long, and row forever !

( C2 model A 1986 )