It's definitely true that being taller—having longer legs and arms, i.e. longer tools that help increase leverage—helps a lot in the sport of rowing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be competitive on the leaderboard and beat the taller Hydrow members, it just means you have to work to be as efficient as possible.
- With shorter legs comes a faster slide. In other words, it takes a lot less time and effort to move from the finish position to the catch position. This is a great opportunity to really take advantage of that time as you slide towards the monitor.
- This part of the stroke is referred to as the recovery, and it should be exactly that--a recovery! You aren't doing the work of pulling the handle or pushing with your legs, so you really should use this time to rest and prepare your body for the next stroke.
- Shorter legs means that it's easy for that part of the stroke to be over quickly—but really use it! You are able to slow down your recovery significantly and still arrive at the catch position at the same time as the athlete.
- Ultimately you get more recovery time than someone with longer limbs!
- In a similar vein, having shorter legs makes it a lot easier to get up to faster rates. For this reason, you might enjoy higher-rate workouts! The sprint pieces and short, HIIT workouts might be preferable because you can get those high rates while getting an efficient workout in.
There are many ways to be a great rower—height shouldn't stop anyone! Stick with it, keep putting in the work, and the results always follow.
We would also recommend looking into booking a session with our Personal Coaches for more individualized coaching if that would be of interest to you! We'll leave a few links below with more information on this service:
- Hydrow Personal Coaching: Why should I do a personal coaching session?
- Hydrow Personal Coaching FAQ
- Hydrow Personal Coaching: How to Book