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  • April Masters Feature

    April 01, 2014

    I’ve always believed that the one thing most every coach agrees on was the importance of early body preparation, but now I’m beginning to wonder. Granted, we haven’t seen a lot of rowers yet this season, but almost everyone we have seen has failed to get the body set by ½ slide and as a result, has then either lunged at the catch or simply approached the catch with less than optimum reach.

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    Charlotte Hollings

  • Heart Screening for Elite Masters Rowers

    March 24, 2014

    Santosh Menon, MD, cardiologist with The Christ Hospital Health Network, along with colleagues Kailas Menon and Robert Miller are sponsoring a free screening of your heart using Electrocardiogram (EKGs) and Echocardiogram (Echo).

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    Allison Frederick, allison@usrowing.org

  • March Masters Feature

    February 28, 2014

    It’s been a long winter for just about everyone, but March has arrived and slowly people are getting out of the erg room and onto the water. While many clubs have strict rules about when different sized boats can be taken out, clubs often have no control over privately owned shells.

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    Charlotte Hollings, photo courtesy www.umweagles.com

  • February Masters Feature

    February 04, 2014

    If you’re anything like me, winter training really starts to drag about now. Here are a few things that keep me going and hopefully will help you. The first is that right now, I have a goal. For me, it’s a swim meet that I train toward most of the winter. For most of you, it’s likely an erg competition.

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    Charlotte Hollings

  • January Masters Feature

    January 09, 2014

    I realize it’s rather cliché to be writing about goals and resolutions this time of year, but there’s a lot to be said for defining what you want to do so that you can figure out how to get there. In the past, I have had some amazing success with visualization, which is really just goal setting to a different degree. Figure out what your goals are, set up a plan to get there and then really try to see yourself succeeding.

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    Charlotte Hollings

  • December Masters Feature

    December 01, 2013

    Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is looming and most of us are forced off the water and onto the erg. Unfortunately, so many people really dislike the erg and yet it’s such a practical, useful, efficient training device. It is in every rower’s best interest to spend time on it.

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    Charlotte Hollings

  • A Master Coach – Deirdre McLoughlin is 2013 Fan’s Choice Masters Coach of the Year

    November 11, 2013

    When Deirdre McLoughlin’s collegiate eligibility ran out and her time as a varsity rower at Boston University ended, she still had one year left in the physical therapy department and wanted to stay with the sport she had grown to love as a walk-on athlete.

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    Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org

  • November Masters Feature

    November 04, 2013

    Once again, John and I enjoyed a great weekend at the Head of the Charles. We saw family and old friends and lots of fantastic racing. We used to pay for a booth and hang out all weekend at the vendors tent, but realized what we really wanted to do was watch the racing. Some of the best rowers in the world compete at the Head of the Charles, so what better way to observe first hand what the best of the best are doing.

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    Charlotte Hollings, cahjcd@crosslink.net

  • October Masters Feature

    September 30, 2013

    I feel a little like I’m cheating this month, as I’m going to refer you to our latest YouTube video. Over the years, several people have requested a video of me rowing and so finally we got around to doing it. I’m not going to pretend that I row perfectly, far from it, but I do row, as well as I can, what we coach. And since you’ve all been hearing what we coach for a couple of years, now you have a chance to see it in action.

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    Charlotte Hollings, cahjcd@crosslink.net

  • September Masters Feature

    September 06, 2013

    This summer I competed in a sprint race for the first time since 1994, first time racing 1,000 meters since 1985. Can’t say I liked the training much – lactic acid is uncomfortable! But what I really disliked was how poorly I felt my technique had become. Rowing high and hard makes it easy to get sloppy. Now that summer and sprint season is coming to an end, let’s get back to long, smooth steady state.

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    Charlotte Hollings

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