It’s Regatta Season! Off the ergs and onto the water. Ever notice that a lot of rowers have aches and pains? Back, shoulders, hips, knees, even the ankles, why is that?
Most rowers I see, on and off the water, have a disconnect somewhere in the spine - a spot that doesn’t move freely to allow the body to curl through a stroke in its entirety. To compensate for that, the knees open to the sides, or the shoulders lift to make room for the elbows to come back; and that’s where the pain starts.
At Nagare, you’ll learn to strengthen your pelvis and inner thigh connection to provide stability for your back to move freely. You’ll learn to rotate the shoulders in the joint and utilize your lats and upper back and engage the entire shoulder girdle for strength in each stroke.
I earned my High Level Athlete Gyrotonic Certification a few years ago and had the privilege to work with a wonderful Master Trainer to really break down the rower’s body and stroke to be able to customize a work out just for rowers.
Rowers ask a lot of their bodies and the repetition of the stroke lends to injury. Gyrotonic training brings fluidity and flexibility to each stroke. It teaches the rower how to smooth out their stroke and let the body naturally glide through each movement. Once that happens, adding strength behind each stroke will maximize the power behind each pull.
Add Gyrotonic sessions to your training this season and see what a difference it can make.
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