Movement Made Better Podcast

#50 Rowing Strength with Blake Gourley

April 19, 2021

Check out this week's podcast episode featuring Blake Gourley.

With a Masters Degree in Sports Performance, 12+ years of experience in competitive rowing, 10+ professional certifications, and several published articles under his belt, Blake's goal is to help as many rowers as possible. 

For the past 12+ years, he has been working with clients ranging from high-performing athletes with no limitations to clients transitioning out of injury. He strongly believes that no matter where you are currently, there’s always a way to improve. You aren’t broken.

Blake has held internships with Stanford Sports Performance and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (voted the #1 gym in the USA). He spent 9 years coaching high school rowing and was the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Santa Clara University Men's Crew Team for 2 years. He is currently the Injury & Performance Management Consultant for the Los Gatos Rowing Club, and a board member & associate professor for the Personal Training Certificate Program at West Valley College.

 

In this podcast we discuss:

  • 00:00 - Intro
  • 02:59 - Competitive rowers - A growing demographic
  • 05:30 - Rowing applications - Sculling and Sweep
  • 08:48 - Programming for rowing clients
  • 12:04 - Stick Mobility for improving rowing pelvic positioning and stroke
  • 13:59 - Rowing - much more than an upper-body exercise.
  • 15:08 - Measuring leg strength as a performance indicator
  • 16:56 - Coordination
  • 19:28 - Grip strength and rowing technique
  • 26:15 - Tips and advice for beginner gym rowers
  • 28:28 - Proper rowing back positioning 
  • 29:22 - Foot sequencing for efficient rowing
  • 31:06 - Recommended strokes per minute ranges
  • 32:48 - Breathing patterns and bracing
  • 35:32 - Testing anaerobic capacity on a rower
  • 36:32 - End range rowing mechanics
  • 37:49 - Current projects
  • 38:57 - Recovery

 

More from Blake:

https://www.instagram.com/rowing_strength/

https://www.rowingstrength.com/

https://scienceofrowing.com 

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