Any off-water feathering exercises?

No, ergs don't yet float, but some of us do, and here's where you get to discuss that other form of rowing.
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Myopic Squirrel
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Any off-water feathering exercises?

Post by Myopic Squirrel » May 18th, 2015, 4:37 pm

Any suggested off-water feathering exercises for scullers? Rowed in a 2x last Friday, and feel a little tightness in my wrists. As of now, can only get out once a week, and wondering if there are any exercises to prepare for actual feathering. Thank you in advance.
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Re: Any off-water feathering exercises?

Post by Ralph Earle » May 18th, 2015, 10:13 pm

Learn to roll up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ili5F7r8aPk

Practice the action shown at 1:15-1:20 using a broom handle. Afer a while you can practice the basic action anytime, anywhere, without it.

It's the first thing I teach, because it is the technical secret to sculling. It enables soft hands and proper hooking -- not grasping -- of the handle.

Because of the difference in the angle of the finger joints versus the wrist joint, It gives you a greater reach back at the catch.

Most important, it allows you to keep your elbows out at the finish. Next time OTW, notice that, if you feather with your wrists, your hands and elbows want to come in and down. Bringing them back up and out almost automatically buries the blades too deep and, pretty soon, as you tire you start bending at the waist. Next thing you know. you're anchor-hauling.

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Re: Any off-water feathering exercises?

Post by Myopic Squirrel » May 21st, 2015, 4:53 pm

Hello Ralph,

Thank you for this link - extremely helpful! In place of a broomstick, will get a thicker piece of dowel and cut it to grip length. Something to use while stuck in traffic!

Regards, John (Myopic Squirrel)
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