The Book of Rowing
by D.C. Churbuck
Paperback from Overlook TP
A sport of lyrical grace, enigmatic appeal, and Herculean effort, rowing is a pastime and a passion that inspires its devotees to a lifetime of dedication. Although it was once perceived as a blue-blooded activity limited to a privileged few, more and more people--including Olympic athletes, students from public and private schools, and casual gym-goers looking for an effective new workout--are taking to the rivers, lakes, and harbors to experience the beauty and health benefits of rowing.
Experienced rower and journalist D. C. Churbuck recounts the colorful history and lore of rowing from its beginnings on England's historic Thames to its modern incarnation. Churbuck covers shell design, sculling, collegiate rowing, training, international competition, and a history of the famous rowing clubs and their luminaries. A fully illustrated, step-by-step guide transforms the novice into a competent rower. Now completely updated, The Book of Rowing, which includes black-and-white photographs and line drawings throughout, is a practical tool for the experienced rower, a richly detailed history for the enthusiast, and an excellent resource for anyone interested in starting out at the sport.
Rowing Faster - 2nd Edition
by Volker Nolte
Paperback from Human Kinetics
Get a length up on the competition with cutting-edge technique, training, and racing information. Let the world's top coaches, rowers, and sport scientists steer you to ultimate success, starting with sound training and racing principles and adding increasingly advanced instruction and insights all the way to the finish.
Rowing Faster is the most comprehensive and detailed guide for achieving excellence in the sport. You'll find techniques for mastering every phase of the stroke; training strategies for increasing strength and efficiency for maximizing speed; and tapering plans for peak performance at the highest levels of competition.
With contributions from Olympic medalists and rowing experts from around the globe, Rowing Faster also includes the latest research on adaptive rowing, advice on managing a team, detailed plans for the long-term development of rowers, insights on training and competition for female rowers, and a look at the future of the sport from the general secretary of the FISA. From the technical details of equipment and training to classifications of boats and rowers, Rowing Faster has it all. Offering a truly global perspective and authoritative coverage of the sport, it is the one guide that every serious rower and coach should own.
by Volker Nolte
Paperback from Human Kinetics
Get a length up on the competition with cutting-edge technique, training, and racing information. Let the top rowing coaches and scientists in the world steer you to ultimate success, starting with sound training and racing principles and adding increasingly advanced instruction, drills, and insights all the way to the finish.
Rowing Faster is the most comprehensive and detailed guide for achieving excellence in the sport. Inside you'll find the following advice:
-Techniques, drills, and progressions used by World and Olympic champions to master every phase of the stroke
-Tests to assess your rowing fitness and workouts to develop an aerobic base, increase anaerobic threshold, improve VO2max, and build rowing-specific strength and power
-A rowing periodization plan to sequence all the training components into a complete training program to maximize boat speed for 1000 meters, 2000 meters, and head racing
-Racing plans and tactics that have been proven successful at the highest levels of competitionCut through the water faster than ever. Rowing Faster will boost your speed and performance to the highest level.
Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing
by Craig Lambert
Paperback from Mariner Books
Media Published: 1999-
In this wise and thrilling book, Criag Lambert turns rowing--personal discipline, modern Olympic sport, grand collegiate tradition--into a metaphor for a vigorous and satisfying life.Some sports--the solitary ones, in particular--are simply more prone to mysticism and mystery than others. Golf, certainly. Long-distance running, of course. Fishing. Climbing. Each has a literature that confronts the essence of its lonely pursuit and explores the way the solitude and self-discipline these sports demand grow the spirit and fill the competitor. Lambert's graceful reflection on rowing is a lovely addition to the genre, part memoir, part narrative, part celebration of a relatively arcane endeavor, and utterly provocative. The superficial journey here is over water; the real one is internal. "Like Einstein," he writes, "we wish to know God's thoughts. We shall attempt to pry them loose with an oar. The raw elements of the sport are our teacher: the wind and the water, the boat and its oars, our own bodies and minds." Given those elements, it's no surprise that the education is a profound one. The surprise is how accessible and appealing it turns out to be. --Jeff Silverman
by Brad Alan Lewis
Paperback from Shark Press
Media Published: 2007-
Taking on the challenge of coaching the poor-but-humble mens' varsity crew at UC Santa Barbara requires a special sort of person - Olympic gold medalist Brad Alan Lewis is the man for the job. Or is he? Yes, he'd won the gold at the Olympics, but he'd never coached a college crew - not even a novice team. Mountain lions, rattlesnakes, icy roads, crazed bass fishermen - they all conspired to make Lewis's challenge even more... challenging. Read 'Wanted: Rowing Coach' and find out if he survived. Actually, since it's an autobiography of sorts (thinly veiled fiction) you can pretty much assume he survived. Nonetheless, read 'Wanted' and find out how much fun, excitement, adventure Lewis and his crew had along the way. Several Class 7 rowing/life lessons included at no extra charge.
High Performance Rowing
by John McArthur
Paperback from Crowood Press
Written for coaches and crews that are past beginner level but new to competitive rowing, High Performance Rowing doesn't aim to cover every aspect of rowing, but just concentrates on how to make your boat go faster. It is a detailed guide to fitness and strength training, and covers equipment and techniques needed for improving performance at different levels of competition. Topics include tips on improving technique, how to write a training program, and selection of crews.
ROWING AGAINST THE CURRENT: On Learning to Scull at Forty
by Barry Strauss
Paperback from Touchstone
Media Published: 2001-
In the midst of the standard, dreary midlife crisis -- complete with wine-tasting courses, yoga classes, and a failed attempt at a first novel -- forty-year-old Barry Strauss falls unexpectedly and passionately in love with rowing, a sport in which a twenty-seven-year-old is a has-been.
Strauss, a professor of classics and history, writes about the unanticipated delights of an affair that, like so many others, begins as a casual dalliance and develops into a full-blown obsession. Drawn to the sport in part because of his affinity for Greek antiquity, he develops a love for old boathouses, a longing for rivers at dawn, a thirst to test himself, and, ultimately, a renewed sense of self-reliance -- as someone who had experienced sports humiliation as far back as Little League suddenly finds himself bursting into athleticism at an unlikely age.
From the awe-inspiring feats of the war-bound Greek triremes with their crews of 172 men rowing on three levels to the solitary pride of finishing a first race in which he gets stuck in the weeds and has to be fished out, Barry Strauss shows us why "there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Crew: The Rower's Handbook
by M. B. Roberts
Paperback from Sterling
The introduction of women's rowing as an NCAA sport is only one of many factors that helped crew shed its elitist Ivy League image and made it the fast-growing activity that it is today. Now Sports Illustrated veteran photographer Ronald C. Modra and his wife, journalist M.B. Roberts, have filled the need for an authoritative guide for all participants from high school and college athletes (and their parents, coaches, and trainers) to adults eager to try rowing for the first time. Along with background on the sport's history going back to ancient times, here's complete instruction on everything from getting into the shell safely (without shoving your foot through the bottom) to efficient rowing form and competitive racing strategy.
The Art of Sculling
by Joe Paduda
Paperback from International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
The Art of Sculling provides novice and experienced scullers with a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the equipment, techniques, and physiology of the sport. Beginners will find step-by-step instructions and photographs for launching and rigging a boat and developing the proper sculling stroke. Experienced rowers will find guidelines for developing training programs. Other chapters cover advanced technique, racing, sculling in team boats, safety, and sculling for the more mature.
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