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Monday, January 18 2021

Febuary 2009

What can I do to stop from over reaching at the catch on the erg. I have a bad habit of stopping the slide and then keep reaching forward with my body. I know that I can get away with it on the erg, but not in the boat. Jay J. (CT)

Jay- You are right about the problems you will have when you get back on the water. Stop the slide and over reach in the boat is a real boat stopper. There are a few things you can do to help break this habit this winter. One is to think of the seat and handle moving together. When the seat stops the handle stops. I have put a barrier such as a chair or traffic cone at the catch where my handle would be at full slide. This will give you a visual aid so that when your seat stops your handle is at the cone. If you hit the cone with the handle then you are going for more reach. It is very black and white and you will quickly know when you are over reaching.
The other drill you can do is practice rowing the top 1/2 of the slide. Move from 1/2 slide to full and back to 1/2 slide (you can do this without the handle). Keep the seat moving steady back and forth. It should just be the legs moving up and down with no more body angle or extra reach from the arms. Keep thinking seat and handle moving together. With some time you will break this habit. Good luck. TB
What can I do to stop from over reaching at the catch on the erg I have a bad habit of stopping the slide and then keep reaching forward with my body I know that I can get away with it on the erg but not in the boat Jay J CT