Have you felt frustrated with rowing equipment? Confused by how to make adjustments? Worried that the equipment is holding you back. Stressed by rigging that doesn’t seem to work? Fearful your competitor has an equipment advantage?
Those are common feelings for rowers and those who coach them.
Instead, there are other feeling you want when you row.
A Simple Plan Can Help
Built on my years of experience, I’ve designed a plan to simplify working with rowing equipment. Called the Smart Rigging Framework (SRF), it will help you:
- reduce intimidation with the equipment
- compete with confidence
- focus on what’s important
- get the most from your investment
- rig the hull to your body
The framework is simple and consists of 7 actions:
Action #1: Select – rowing equipment that fits. Three questions you need to answer are:
- What is your goal with your rowing (exercise, competition, etc.)?
- Do you have the equipment you need to get there?
- What other equipment do you need (or want)?
(If you’re in the market for new equipment, this workbook will help.)
Action #2: Discover – the critical specifics of your equipment, the correct rigging numbers to use, and how rigging and your equipment fit into the overall picture of boat speed. Three questions you need to answer are:
- What are the critical numbers of your equipment?
- Which rigging numbers are right for you?
- How will rigging and the equipment fit into getting you where you want to go (from Action #1)
Action #3: Adjust – the equipment correctly so it fits the rower effectively and comfortably. Each rower is a unique individual. Tweaking the boat to your body is key to going fast. Three questions you need to answer are:
- Do you know how to adjust the equipment properly for the person(s) rowing it?
- Which adjustments do you need to make, and which to ignore?
- When should you make your adjustments?
(My best selling book can help you get the job done.)
Action #4: Test – the equipment, your adjustments, and the rigging numbers to ensure you are on track to success. Three questions you need to answer are:
- Which pieces of equipment and rigging numbers should you test?
- What test format will be helpful?
- How often should you test?
Action #5: Maintain – correctly to get you a better return on your significant investment. Three questions you need to answer are:
- How often do you clean your equipment?
- Is your equipment insured?
- If something is broken, what is the process on getting it repaired?
(This workbook is written specific to keeping your equipment alive and well.)
Action #6: Transport – safely and don’t take transport of your equipment for granted. Three questions you need to answer are:
- How often do you transport your rowing equipment each year?
- When is the last time you replaced your straps?
- Have your racks, trailer been inspected; and do you meet all the rules and regulations per transporting equipment?
Action #7: Store – wisely to reduce damage that often happens during storage. Three questions you need to answer are:
- Do you store your equipment for an extend period of time (i.e, winter season)?
- How safely is your equipment stored?
- How do you prepare your equipment for storage?
Using the Smart Rigging Framework increases the odds you’ll feel confident on the starting line, that you and your equipment are working as one, and that your boat is rigged better than your competitor.
Rowing is simple. The equipment does not have to get in the way of your enjoyment and success.