To be good at rowing you must be efficient. You want to generate more power while expending the least amount of energy. This allows you to go faster for longer. In rowing, every stroke matters, and split seconds on each stroke can make a huge difference over the course of 500, 1000, 2000 m or more.
In addition, to be good at rowing in CrossFit specifically, it also means being smart. Knowing how to pace properly in a WOD means being able to get off the rower and still be able to power through 50 thrusters in a workout like Jackie, or a bunch of wallballs (hello 19.1 and 20.5!) without feeling like you’re going to die.
So, here are some basics to make you a better, faster, and more efficient rower. And to maybe help you hate it a little less?