Rowing is a push and hang sport. Not a pull sport.A good rowing stroke is dominated by the legs (which initiate the drive phase out of the catch) and the core (which braces/connects at the catch, then opens through the middle of the drive). The arms (long, loose, and straight during the drive) serve to compliment the suspension of bodyweight and the transfer of power between the feet and the handle, more than they serve as a component of propulsion.
Yes, the arms are active during the finish of the stroke (and not before), but even then, the motion is more of a strong squeeze than a...

 

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