“Understanding what happens inside the boat is the foundation for improving boat speed.”
As a Coach, it’s your job to make sure your crew gets the best boat speed from their physical abilities. But how do you identify the most efficient rowing technique for your crew? How should you deal with individual deficiencies of your athletes? Are they even important? How do you select the right material for your crew? Should you change the rigging? To find a solid answer to these questions, you need to measure.
Stop guessing, start measuring
Well, that’s kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure you’ve tried it before and if you did, it’s very likely that you felt confronted with two choices: Either focus on measuring simple things like stroke-rate and times that don’t provide you the necessary insight into what’s really happening in the boat or spend hours installing a complicated measurement system in your boat and then figure out how to make sense of all the data that comes out of it once you’re off the water. Couldn’t we use measurement systems much more often if they were less painful to install? And what about getting feedback from the measurement data while you’re still on the water and can try new things, not once the boat has been pulled from the dock? Having experienced this pain ourselves as athletes on coaches, we set out to find a better way – this is what Rowing in Motion is all about.
Rowing in Motion – measuring the easy way
Rowing in Motion uses fully wireless sensors that you can install in less than two minutes. Just replace your standard oarlock with our wireless sensor gate to get force, power and angle measurements. Clip the boat sensor box to the bottom of your boat for precise speed and measurements and get rich live feedback with our App for smartphones and tablets. No hassle with cables, no laborious calibration procedures. (Sensor available January 2015)
Want it even simpler? Rowing in Motion can measure acceleration and boat speed using only the sensors in your smartphone too.
In any case, coaches can follow behind and receive the data from a boat in realtime and create an HD video analysis automatically synchronized to the data that helps you to make sense of the data by correlating the crews motion with the measurement data.
Enabling Coaches and Athletes to “see” Speed
Our basic system does not require any installing any sensors in the boat except a smartphone. We capture GPS data and boat acceleration – the end result of all forces acting on the boat at any time. Analysing boat acceleration provides an objective and quantitive insight into how the crew employs their physiological capability to move the boat forward. The boat acceleration graph reveals every inefficiency in a crews rowing stroke and helps you focus your coaching efforts on the things that really make a difference in boat speed. Use boat acceleration to optimize your rowing stroke.
For Coaches and Athletes. And the whole Team.
Rowing in Motion is built around an online service that allows you to analyse, compare and archive the measurements you make with the App. You can try everything free for 30 days. Download the App, create an account and go rowing.