Reviews of “Rowing Stronger: Strength Training to Maximize Your Rowing Performance.”

Published by Rowperfect UK


“Will’s program filled the weight training gap that we had always downplayed and treated as an afterthought. Now that I have seen the results over the last two years, it’s a shame we weren’t working with him earlier! Biggest improvements have been in our beginning and ending sprints, as well as power moves over a 2k race. Guys have a deeper well of power to draw from and it hasn’t come at the cost of aerobic capacity.”

Jack Marolich, Western Washington University Men’s head coach (USA)

“Will’s strength training program played a huge role in the improvements that I saw throughout my junior and senior years. During the first year on his training I saw an 8 second improvement on my 2k erg PR (concept 2) compared with a 3 second increase in the prior calendar year as well as notable improvements in my overall body strength, flexibility, and energy levels.”

Carl Smith, Western Washington University and Vesper Boat Club rower (USA, 2015), World University Games 4- 2015

“This is fantastic. This is the best lifting-for-rowing program handbook that I have ever seen, and is so incredibly helpful. I would definitely be able to write a program for myself, or my team, using this guide. I always wished something like this existed. I’m so glad it finally does!”

Haley Yeager, University of Washington rower (2012), Atlanta Junior Rowing Association coach (USA)

“Really well laid out, the level of detail is extremely high but can also be understood by anyone with any range of knowledge on the subject. The arguments made are well-thought out and researched and provide solid alternatives to the traditional programme or at least a chance to alter some areas of training. All in all it was a very good and easy and informative read which I personally will use when in the gym.”

Harry Richardson, Tideway Scullers School Junior Rower (UK)

“Having worked on putting together a rowing specific programme for rowers, it has been difficult tracking down rowing specific exercises and even harder to get information for the masters weight training. This is a great resource for any trainer or rower to have.”

Jacqui Jones, REPS Level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor, Marlow Rowing Club (UK)

“Rowing Stronger” is packed with information relevant to rowing coaches and athletes. It clearly explains the nuts and bolts of how to effectively utilize block periodization to build a training program for rowing. Ruth draws parallels between the approach of many rowers to explain core strength training concepts. As a coach, it’s impossible to ignore the implications for increased mobility and reduction in injury.”

Colin Heneghan, Dartmouth College rower (2012), Los Gatos Rowing Club coach (USA)

“Rowing Stronger Version Two” to come in mid-2017.

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