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Erg Love Not Fear — Here's Why the Rowing Machine Has So Many Benefits

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Not only is it time to stop ' fearing the erg ,' it's well past the point where we should recognize that the rowing machine is probably the best thing to ever happen to the sport.  The rowing machine goes back a long way. There have been various (and some very strange) iterations over the years, but the main benefit of the rowing machine has always remained the same: bringing the full-body training experience from the water on land.  These days, with immersive experiences available through streamable workouts and flat screens (or even tablets and smartphones), the distance between land training and training on the water has shrunk apace. It's never going to be a 1:1 feeling from the dock to the boat, and rowers (typically with not great ergs) are apt to point out that 'ergs don't float.' But again, that doesn't decrease the value to the individual, nor to the sport.  Section 1: Understanding the Basics For the uninitiated in the audience, there are some

RR Interview: Nick Trojan's New Feature on Yale Men's Rowing

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Nick Trojan's latest feature documentary is twice as long as his previous work—but leaves you wanting more, just the same.  There’s a new feature in Nick Trojan’s series, taking an inside look at top-tier college rowing programs in the US. This time, Trojan focused his project on Yale and the legendary coach Steve Gladstone, blending outstanding camerawork with one of rowing’s most compelling stories.  Having uploaded the video to YouTube only two weeks ago, it’s already approaching 70k views. And for good reason.  RR sat down recently to talk through it all with Trojan in an exclusive interview, from origins to development and finally a finished product—as well as what might come next. Here’s what we learned. Navigating shifting waters Elite rower turned filmmaker Nick Trojan’s new feature, titled simply, “Yale Men’s Rowing,” was years in the making.  “The initial idea was to do the same kind of rinse-and-repeat that we had done with Harvard and Cal,” Trojan says, “but I think wha

RR Interview: The inspiration behind ‘The Rowing Podcast’, and the future of Olympic Sport in the US, with Matt Rung

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Rung coaching with Washington at the IRA National Championships IRA champion with Cornell Lightweights, and former First Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Washington, Matt Rung has an impressive track record in rowing. But it wasn’t until recently that he decided to add podcasting to his resume. Earlier this year, Rung started The Rowing Podcast , which offers in-depth, personal conversations with rowing luminaries ( Mike Spracklen , Jan Harville , Steve Gladstone , Dave O’Neill , to name a few). It’s both a salve for those in need of positive vibes, as well as a much needed call to action for the rowing community as a whole to tell our stories, and bring new people into the fold. Matt and I caught up about the origins and development of the podcast, and how to develop a new narrative for the sport. Bryan Kitch: What were some of the reasons for starting the new podcast, and why did you decide to take up the aegis? Was it both a response to the Covid lockdown, and a coping

Thank you, Ed

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Like many of you in the rowing community, particularly here in the US and Canada, I was shocked to hear of the passing of Ed Winchester, Canadian Olympian and longtime Editor-in-Chief of Rowing News . I had the great pleasure of working directly with Ed for years as a writer for the magazine, and I'm not sure how I can properly express my gratitude, other than to say that when I was a nobody, he treated me like I was a somebody. One of the many features we worked on together The last time I saw Ed in person, it was in Boston, and he had just won the Head Of The Charles. His contributions to the sport, particularly for those of us who write about it, were nothing short of extraordinary. That he is no longer here doesn't seem possible. My heart goes out to the Winchesters, and to the whole Rowing News family. It is with a tremendous amount of grief and sadness that we announce the passing of our Editor-in-Chief and friend Ed Winchester. We are shocked and devastated b

The Oxford and Cambridge Lightweight Boat Races, 2020

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The Lightweight Boat Races, 2020 (Illustration: RR) This year has been, well, a tough one so far. But, if this was to be the only time Oxford and Cambridge matched up against one another on the Tideway in 2020, at least it was a great show. The above race was a historic event for women's lightweight rowing, as it marked the first time the women's lightweight match between Cambridge and Oxford was contested on the 4-mile, 374-yard Championship Course . And the race proved worthy of such a milestone. In the words of the silver-tongued Robert Treharne Jones , "It's a popular myth that the crew leading at Hammersmith is the one that will take the victory." It was certainly looking like Oxford's day coming underneath Hammersmith Bridge, having had the better of a clash in the first third of the race, and with the advantage of the bend as the crews rowed past the Chiswick Eyot. Cambridge, however, held on—and then moved just when the conditions were at

California Challenge Cup 2020 to be Biggest Yet, Cal Men's Rowing Headlining Again

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The 2020 California Challenge Cup will continue a growing tradition, but with modifications to the format that the hosts hope will increase its impact, now and into the future. While the origins of the race (formerly known as the UC Challenge Cup) can be traced back to UC Irvine Men's Rowing founder, Duvall Hecht , the modern incarnation of the regatta has aspirations of scaling to involve every California rowing program. When : Saturday, February 29 | 7am Pacific Time Where : Newport Beach, California | View interactive map How to Watch : Livestream of the event via Vimeo Full Results : ClockCaster Here, we catch up with UCI Men's Rowing head coach, and California Challenge Cup organizer, Austin Brooks, on the new format and outlook for the future. RowingRelated: When you first started this tradition, was it always the goal for it to grow to this level? What was the inspiration behind the California Challenge Cup? Austin Brooks: The UC Challenge Cup was actual

Inside Cal Rowing: Nick Trojan's New Feature Film on the Golden Bears

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Inside Rowing || Cal Berkeley Mens Rowing from Sneeky || Nick Trojan on Vimeo . Last year around this time, USRowing athlete-turned-filmmaker Nick Trojan released his first in a series documenting some of the most storied rowing programs in the country, offering a window into Harvard Crew . Now, he's releasing the second in that series—this one on the program at Cal, where Canadian Olympian and Cal grad Scott Frandsen has taken the reins as head coach. Here, we catch up with Nick on the background and inspiration behind the project, as well as how he crafted this piece on the Golden Bears. RowingRelated: What is the inspiration behind your series on rowing? What is it about the sport that you feel the need to communicate? Is there more to the story than what is out there now? Nick Trojan:  I'd say my love for competition and my love for watching movies and filmmaking itself have driven me the most. Ever since my dad let me use our family's video cam

ACE Series, Part 12: Putting a bow on it, but not bowing out

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Photo: Hannah Wagner Photography So, as it turned out, I bought a $4,000 teddy bear for my daughter—the price tag said £25 but all the extra lessons added a bit of markup. We lost on Henley Wednesday, for those just checking in. We drew Cork Boat Club in the first round; based on strong results at the Metropolitan Regatta, Cork Regatta, and individual international achievements they were seeded as one of the top four crews in the Thames Challenge Cup Eight event. The Wyfold Four, on the other hand, went in against Thames Rowing Club 'A' and yet Potomac was the seeded crew. Thames made Saturday; the Potomac four de-rigged on Wednesday as well. The draw is ruthless and to expect otherwise is a mistake. The Stewards' goal is to see the fastest crew win each event, not seed the round of 32 in a proper snake-draft bracket or make sure that the top four make it to Saturday or whatever it is. (Hell, the Princess Elizabeth Cup draw made no bones about giving a Wednes