This is a relatively straight forward concept. The machine and the boat only register effort across the horizontal plane. Therefore, any body movement that manifests in energy being sent to the sky or to the water is (at best) lost and (at worst) detrimental to speed. Things like excessive layback, dumping the finish into the lap, lunging at the catch, etc. are all detrimental to the speed of the boat and the machine. Work to row the stroke in a pattern that maximized horizontal effort and minimizes extraneous motions....

 

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