Ready, Row! USA: Gadgets & Gear Special
Today on Ready, Row! USA we zoom through a dizzying array of exciting and useful rowing gadgets, gear, and apps we’ve come across this week, plus a few hacks & tricks that can improve your rowing experience at any age or skill level.
- Welcome to another exciting episode of Ready, Row! USA, with regular broadcasts featuring the best of rowing news, gadgets & gear from rowers, clubs, coaches, and vendors across the country.
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In Which We Discover Cool Gadgets, Gear, & Hacks
- Getting footage for analysis – apps like Coach’s Eye, drones, interns, on-board GoPro, Garmin VIRB
- Erg Data Trackers – RowHero, ErgData
- Oarlock Technology – Empower Oarlock from NK
- Big(ger) Toys: Wakeless launches, Blue Ocean Megaphones, waterproof cameras/cases, GPS SpeedCoach
- Inclusion Gadgets (ergchatter, ergbuddy, voiceover – iPhone), ActiveHands, Swift Straps, WinTech/Swift/Resolute seats.
- John Ewan’s self-centering span gauge allows spans to be checked and adjusted far more quickly than you can do using a tape measure.
- Max Rigging himself, aka Mike Davenport, has a new rowing workbook called Get Ready Now!: 12 Immediate Actions To Take Before Your Next Rowing Season. Always good to plan ahead!
- A bobble head toy can be a fun way to reveal boat check.
National Team Sendoff at CRI
The US Para National team (left), which trains out of our producer’s club, Community Rowing in Boston, is now less than a week away from leaving for the 2019 World Championships in Linz, Austria.
“We can’t thank all of our family and friends enough for supporting us on our journey to Linz. The final push in preparation has begun!” said team member Josh Boissineau (second from left). The team’s support page will stay active throughout the entire world championships and your support is deeply appreciated!
Tips from Tara:
- Buying the gear is one thing, actually putting it into use to improve your rowing is another.
- Incorporating a gadget like an action camera into your athlete’s betterment or your coaching staff’s benefit has to be just as much in the forefront.
- For example, you can do video analysis on-the-spot, or post-practice sessions can be set up ahead of time, either by yourself or with a coach.
- Try creating a YouTube channel to share voice-over commentary on a video; or add subtitles with questions/ideas to consider.
- Also useful are side-by-side comparison videos/photos with same athlete over time or with a goal athlete.
And, That’s a Wrap!
- Episode Hashtag Winner! Our July winner of a coaching/rowing consult from All-American Rowing Camp is Nancy Mack of Northampton Community Rowing on the mighty Connecticut River in Massachusetts. She used our July 31 #RRUSAGoGlobal hashtag on the Masters Rowing International group on Facebook! Nancy has taken US Rowing coaching training and recently accepted a position coaching novice youth at Pioneer Valley Rowing Club in Springfield, MA. Congrats, Nancy, and thanks for subscribing! Nancy notes that the US Rowing website has abundant resources and training plans for all types of rowers – for FREE!
- Upcoming Topics: Masters Nationals Recap; Back-to-School Edition, Coach ToolBox & Safety Check
- Make it YOUR Show! Let us know if you’d like to come on the show and showcase your rowing club or demonstrate your gadget. No club is too small, too new, or too old; no gadget too cheap or too elaborate!
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