At the finish of the rowing stroke, the upper body is leaning back slightly, using support of the core muscles. Biceps and back muscles also help to maintain the finish position of the upper body. Legs are extended, stabilized by the contraction of the glutes and the quads. Shoulders are low, wrists are flat, the grip is relaxed, and the handle is pulled in to just below the rib cage.
What do we mean by “leaning back slightly”? In rowing, the backward lean of the upper body is called the “layback”. What is an ideal amount of layback? Is it the same for everyone? What are the determining factors? And why is it important? Continue Reading ›