Rowing Faster, 2E


Get a length up on the competition with cutting-edge technique, training, and racing information. Let the world’s top coaches, rowers, and sport scientists steer you to ultimate success, starting with sound training and racing principles and adding increasingly advanced instruction and insights all the way to the finish.

Rowing Faster is the most comprehensive and detailed guide for achieving excellence in the sport. You’ll find techniques for mastering every phase of the ...

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Get a length up on the competition with cutting-edge technique, training, and racing information. Let the world’s top coaches, rowers, and sport scientists steer you to ultimate success, starting with sound training and racing principles and adding increasingly advanced instruction and insights all the way to the finish.

Rowing Faster is the most comprehensive and detailed guide for achieving excellence in the sport. You’ll find techniques for mastering every phase of the stroke; training strategies for increasing strength and efficiency for maximizing speed; and tapering plans for peak performance at the highest levels of competition.

With contributions from Olympic medalists and rowing experts from around the globe, Rowing Faster also includes the latest research on adaptive rowing, advice on managing a team, detailed plans for the long-term development of rowers, insights on training and competition for female rowers, and a look at the future of the sport from the general secretary of the FISA. From the technical details of equipment and training to classifications of boats and rowers, Rowing Faster has it all. Offering a truly global perspective and authoritative coverage of the sport, it is the one guide that every serious rower and coach should own.

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"Volker Nolte provides a blueprint for success in our sport. Rowing Faster is a must-read for all rowing coaches, from novice to elite." — Mike Teti, Head Coach, Men's Rowing, University of California at Berkeley

Rowing Faster is the book that I needed when training and competing in order to understand the theories behind the regimens and routines. Incredibly, Volker Nolte manages to capture not only the sport of rowing but also the elusive qualities of the art of rowing.” — Kathleen Heddle, Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736090407
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/9/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 321
  • Sales rank: 281,311
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Volker Nolte is director of the rowing program and assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches coaching and biomechanics. Since 1993, he has led his men's rowing team to 10 Ontario University Athletics Championships and three Canadian University Championships. In 2008, his university crew won the German University Championships and the Temple Challenge Cup at the famous Henley Royal Regatta in England. He was the lightweight men’s national team coach with the German Rowing Association from 1984 to 1990 and with Rowing Canada from 1992 to 2000. His national team crews won an Olympic silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games, two world championship titles in 1993 and 2000, and several medals at recent world championships.

Nolte received both a physical education diploma (1976) and a civil engineering diploma (1979) from the University of Saarbrücken in Germany and a PhD (1984) in biomechanics from the German University of Sport Sciences in Cologne. Nolte is an internationally acknowledged expert in biomechanics. He presents frequently at scientific and coaching education conferences worldwide with his research focusing on coaching and biomechanics of high-performance sport, especially rowing. He is also a distinguished researcher in the field of sport equipment. His research has produced many papers in refereed journals and articles in various publications.

Nolte is an experienced rower, representing his home country of Germany at several world championships. He is still a keen competitor in masters events and lives in London, Ontario, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Philosophy of Rowing

Bryan Volpenheim

Chapter 1. Winning at All Costs: A Historical Perspective

Thomas E. Weil

Chapter 2. Developing a Coaching Philosophy

Angela J. Schneider

Part II: Long-Term Athlete Development

Marnie McBean

Chapter 3. How Rowers Learn

Joseph Baker and Jörg Schorer

Chapter 4. Ten Factors Influencing Athlete Development

Istvan Balyi

Chapter 5. Planning for the Long Term

Carolyn Trono

Part III: Rowing Science

Tim Foster
Chapter 6. Rowing Physiology

Ed McNeely

Chapter 7. Monitoring and Managing Your Training

Wolfgang Fritsch
Chapter 8. Loads on the Bodies of Rowers

Paul Francis

Chapter 9. Biomechanics of Rowing

Valery Kleshnev

Chapter 10. Using Equipment More Efficiently

Volker Nolte

Part IV: Training in Rowing

Katrin Rutschow

Chapter 11. The Mental Side of Rowing

Kirsten Barnes

Chapter 12. Training for Strength

Ed McNeely

Chapter 13. Effortless Rowing

Chris O’Brien

Chapter 14. Improving Performance With Nutrition

Peter W.R. Lemon

Chapter 15. Special Considerations for Adaptive Rowing

Karen M. Lewis

Chapter 16. Women in Rowing

Amanda Schweinbenz

Chapter 17. Managing a Team

Yasmin Farooq

Part V: Racing

Derek Porter

Chapter 18. Selecting Athletes and Crews

Al Morrow

Chapter 19. Tapering for Races

Ed McNeely

Chapter 20. Learning From Racing

Valery Kleshnev and Volker Nolte

Part VI: Future of Rowing

Trish Smith and Brad Alan Lewis

Chapter 21. Predicting the Future of Rowing

Wolfgang Fritsch and Volker Nolte

Chapter 22. Shaping the Sport of Rowing

Matt Smith

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    Must Read for Coaches and Athletes alike!

    After the huge success of the first edition of ¿Rowing Faster¿, coaches and athletes were waiting for the second edition to come out. Following the proven format of the first edition, articles from top coaches and sport scientists are grouped by different subject matters. The book is a great read.

    Although called the second edition, it is not a repeat or ¿re-worked¿ version of the first edition but moreover a stand-alone book for coaches and athletes. It does however complement the first edition well.

    What I particularly like about the book is that it resembles the challenges of coaching in a fine way: coaching rowing is a balance act, an art perhaps, between science and intuition, between hard numbers and feel, as well as mental aspects. The book offers exactly that, where world renown scientists explain the physical and physiological facts around rowing, where top level coaches offer their thoughts on the rowing stroke, development and racing as well as articles on other aspects of the sport, such as team management, adaptive rowing and philosophical aspects.

    ¿Rowing Faster¿ is a great collection of resources, however, not an easy read. You will quickly find out that the articles will force you to stop and think, and hopefully inspire to re-think. Also, it is challenging to read about biomechanics and then switch into mental aspects of racing as these are two very different subjects. I find it most satisfactory to read (and re-read) one article at the time to thoroughly process it ¿ and if applicable I try to work it into our program here at UVA. And be warned, as it is with good literature, it will trigger more questions than it provides answers ¿ it is not a ¿how to win¿ guide, but moreover provides you with the tools, ideas and perhaps inspirations to form a winning team.

    I am keeping a copy of the book in my office at the boathouse, and it¿s high in demand. On a regular basis I¿d find an athlete, coach or trainer reading through an article, and it always sparks a good conversation.

    Frank Biller
    Head Coach Men's Rowing
    University of Virginia

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