Martin Gough |

How engaging your gluteal muscles can improve your rowing stroke

An Imperial College study has examined the influence of foot-stretcher height on technique. Martin Gough explains more

Friends and family may do a funny arm-pulling motion when they talk about rowing but anyone involved in the sport knows that the muscles within the legs are the most important part of the system that generates power and with it boat speed.

The aim is to create as much power as possible for as long a time as possible during each stroke and, while the quadriceps produce the bulk of the force, the gluteal muscles or ‘glutes’ are vital in transmitting that force to the trunk and – via the arms – the handle.

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