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    • Time is of essence

There is a small window of opportunity to show college coaches what you are made of.  Every day counts, every workout counts, there is no time to waste.

    • You compete against the world

It is not enough to be the best in your club.  It is not enough to be sitting in the first boat.  The ERG score is what will get you noticed.  The ERG is the SAT and ACT of rowing. These erg scores are supplied by junior rowers worldwide.  The competition is stiff.  You do have a chance.

    • Elite coaching is the solution

Watch my presentation above and get in touch with us.  I can help you or your child achieve their absolute best.  We offer a 10 second improvement over 30 day guarantee!*

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Aiming to becoming a rowing recruit: The Musts

Getting recruited for college as a rower.
Joe Sterner one of my rowers who I coach in person and digitally.

1. Being part of a junior rowing program is not a must.

  • Joe Sterner is 16 years old.  He discovered rowing and loves it.  He visited the Harvard boathouse and was amazed by its beauty, history, and what it represents.  His motivation is unstoppable.  He needed a coach and was referred to me.  Now he follows my training program rows his single scull, ergs, and enjoys the prescribed cross-training.
  • Coming from a different sport is a great way to get started with rowing.  Athletes who on paper could become perfect rowing recruits: Football players, swimmers, water polo players, cross country runners, wrestlers, volley- and basketball players, and the list goes on.
  • Adopting the erg as your new play thing!  There is absolutely NO WAY you will become a rowing recruit WITHOUT an ERG, a concept2 rowing machine, the standard testing machine in the rowing world.  This rowing machine is the number one tool college coaches use to built their recruiting list.   The “ERG Score” is like the SAT score of rowing.  Coaches rank rowing recruits by their 2K-erg score.

2. Enjoying being an athlete is a must.

  • Workout discipline! You won’t kill the 2K erg score if you don’t train religiously.  There is no secret about it.  Consistent work will pay off.  You WILL learn what rowing pain feels like.  Luckily, when you train the right way, you won’t be hammered with such pain more than twice per week.  ELITE TRAINING is unlike the majority of  junior rowing program who for decades have adopted the motto “more pain, more gain” which leads to mental and physical burn out, as well as back and joint injuries.
  • It feels good to be training the ELITE WAY.  You will increasingly feel better about yourself.  You will gain confidence and your work in school will improve, because you have more energy to excel.
  • Seeing improvement feeds motivation to go further and harder.  You will notice how your erg scores keep improving, which leads you to want to accelerate the process.  Looking forward to working out is a natural side effect to ELITE TRAINING.  You can feel getting closer to your goal.

3. Having a brain is a must.

  • Listening to coaching and asking questions:  Great coaching is a two way street.  You will hear my technical analysis and a very thorough description on how you can improve your deficiencies.   Asking questions is KEY to great teamwork.  By giving me feedback on my commentary, I am able to tailor my coaching for you.  You will improve as long as your brain is working out too!
  • Keeping the grades up.  A great erg score can go a long way with GOOD school grades and academic placement tests.  Being a good and disciplined student in school will make your recruiting chances a lot easier.
  • Listening to the body is key to avoiding overtraining.  An ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM lists rest time alongside workouts.  Listening to the body is most important, but not a common routine for junior rowers.  In order to listen to the body, you need to do routine self analysis of your physical state.  Being critical of ones on mind requires brain power, “smarts”.  The mind alone, will always want to push your body further until breaking point…  As an athlete learning to give yourself a physical break is the result of mental dialogue and discipline.

4. Trusting me, an absolute must :-)

  • Having fun!  I loved working out under my coaches directions.  I always had a training program which described my workouts for months at a time.  Under my guidance, you too will enjoy a clear plan.  Your enjoyment of training will be fed through training variations which consist of strength training, cross training, resistance, and rhythm changes.  You will be taught how to use a heart rate monitor and understand your resting heart rate nuances.
  • You will enjoy clear steady improvement!  You will feel stronger mentally and physically, you will feel awesome.


Heavy weight lifting? Come on.

No need to get injured with heavy lifting.
In rowing, you want to recruit as many muscle fibers as possible. Finding raw power is best done in the boat and on land through a set of carefully timed strength exercises. These guys show us just the tip of the iceberg.

A bad erg score

A bad erg score can ruin your day and your recruiting.

1. You hate the anticipation of a 2K

I can’t blame you.  Your last 2K brought you to your knees and you may have not gotten a new personal best.  Now you are expected to do better, without feeling better…  The anticipation of 2K can keep you awake at night.  I understand, but it really does not have to be that way.  The right training plan can help you build for a new personal best, physically and mentally.  My coaches made me a specialist in this!

2. You are only as good as your last erg score

That is true, but don’t despair.  There are reasons that you did what you did last time you tore it up on the erg.  Simply put, if you expect a 100% of yourself when you step up to the plate for a 2K, you need to make sure that you took care of the details 100%.   The right taper is important, recovering from illness is often cut short, working out too hard ahead of a 2K is also a chronic problem.  To make sure that your 2Ks keep going faster, you can not make mistakes, you need an elite coach to help you.

3. You are told it is all in your head because you couldn’t have worked any harder

Come on, you show up every single day to practice.  You stick it out, in bad weather, and you row until you are told to stop.  DO NOT BELIEVE that improving your erg score hinges only because of your “mental toughness”.  In my book when the above is true, you have all the makings of having the right stuff in the brain to keep improving your 2Ks.  I believe in you.

4. Glory if you are one second faster, disgusted when you three seconds of your PR.

I know how that feels.  I have been there myself.  If you improve by a small amount you can go to sleep happily that night.  But, oh boy, if you missed the mark by one second, or three, your world collapses and you wonder how that is possible.  This stuff happens to athletes who were not prepared correctly.  The right mental and physical preparation will make all the difference.  Understanding your body, will keep you level headed and capable to digest and reason with yourself, no matter what result you get.

5. Don’t freak out, I can help.

I have been around the block as an athlete.  Now I keep going around the block as coach with many athletes worldwide.  I am an expert in building strong minds and bodies.  I take one person at a time and I invest a 100%.  I believe in you.  I know I can help you.  You will succeed, because I succeeded through smart training and elite coaching.  You deserve elite coaching because you want to succeed!


ERG TEST PREP what to do 7 days before.

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