Two Tips to a Better, Stronger Catch

 26 bones make up the human foot. How well one of them works, the talus, will make the biggest difference between a good catch and a great one.

26 bones make up the human foot. How well one of them works, the talus, will make the biggest difference between a good catch and a great one.

Tight hips, hamstrings, and calves are often the culprits blamed for catch compression challenges in the rowing shell, and rightly so! But there's an even more unlikely culprit that's sapping precious seconds from your 2k or 5k times.

While both sexes commonly suffer from tight muscles developed through our sitting habits, there's an unexpected, lesser known and more complicated neighboring joint... and it's stiff, rigid, and limiting your true performance output: The ankle.

As part of today's focus on the ankle, here are two key tips to getting a better, stronger catch.

  1. Improve your whole-body mobility by performing this dynamic warmup before every workout;
  2. Take 2-minutes and perform these ankle mobilizations every day and see a noticeable result in no-time:
Better ankle mobility at the catch makes for better catch compression, stronger and more immediate force application, and a more stable boat through mid-drive.
 At full compression, the ideal "shins vertical" position demands adequate ankle mobility to leave heels as close to the footboard as possible.

At full compression, the ideal "shins vertical" position demands adequate ankle mobility to leave heels as close to the footboard as possible.

Improving your catch compression includes a number of different changes involving flexibility, mobility and body position changes as well as the option of rigging your station to improve stroke efficiency.

    Get quick results and get after these daily self-mobilizations for your ankles. In just two minutes you will change your stroke dramatically.

    Don't forget to leave a comment below and share your success!

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