Workout of the Day:
Three sets of:
Jumping Squats x 8-10 reps (use 40-45% of Monday’s weight)
Rest 30 seconds
Russian Kettlebell Swings x 25 reps
Rest 3 minutes;
Three rounds for time of:
20 Box Jumps (24″/18″)
10 Ball Slams (30/20 lbs.)
An Argument for Bad Form – Part One
Written by Shane Farmer
Being indoctrinated into the Invictus community means you’ll be taught the finer details of proper technique before you’ll be let loose (like the hungry athletes that you are) on the gym. Whether it’s learning a kipping pull-up from George, a clean from Calvin, or a snatch from Sage, you’ll have a pair of eyes taking you through the best form for moving weight.
When it comes to the Olympic lifts, we’re taught to strive for a connected drive off the ground, keeping a fluid link between the shoulders, bar, and hips. As coach Sage explains, “If any one of those three things moves without the other two moving as well, everything is thrown off.” Being that we train more often than not with this form, it makes sense that we’re accustomed to relating it to other exercises, such as rowing.
Therein lies the rub. Rowing calls for an altogether different set of movements. Before we can go into further explanation though, we need to explain the basic positions and movements of the body so we can all speak the same beautiful language of rowing.
The excessive use of quotes here will identify key terms. Make sure you study them because there will be a test later.
Assume a stroke starts with the body fully compressed, we call this position the “Catch” – because this is where the oar catches the water, allowing us to push as hard as we do.
Next we have one term for the whole work portion of the stroke called the “Drive.” The Drive is a collaboration of three components: (1) the “Legs” – when you drive/push with only your legs; (2) which is followed by the “Swing” – where the hips open; and finished off with the “Arms” – where we finish the movement by pulling the oar handle to our body.
After going through the “Drive” we arrive at the final position called the “Release,” or “Finish.” This is a position of full leg extension, hips slightly opened (about 5 – 10 degrees beyond perpindicular), and hands pulled into the body.
To review the three main positions of a rowing stroke as we’ve just gone over them. We start at the “Catch,” move through the “Drive,” and end at the “Release/Finish.” Remember these positions, love them, and embrace the improved form that lies in your near future.
Next time, we’ll begin to break down these movements a little further so we can really start talking rowing, because I know how excited you are for that. Please, keep the excitement to a dull roar.