Life is so busy that it is likely we are rushing out of the door to get to training. However, that should never be an excuse for turning up unprepared and having to scramble to get the session ready to go.
Here is the Dark Horse checklist of things you’ll need for every rowing session. As well as a few additional pointers to help make the little things a crucial part of your coaching routine.
What is essential for training and what is “nice to have”?
The best thing about coaching on an erg is it’s fairly low maintenance. However, some coaches have a tendency to try and prepare for everything. You could bring a whole lorry’s worth of equipment to training, but this is an essential list. What you need for an erg session is your starting point. But make sure you know where they are kept, how to access them, and if you need to “book” them for your training session if other teams are sharing the equipment.
As the military puts it so eloquently, Preparation, Prevents, P*ss, Poor, Performance. This goes across the board so don’t forget you as a coach are also part of preparing everything you can before, during and after your session in preparation for the next one.
Remember the sessions only run if everyone plays their part so it can be good practice to get the athletes to set the machines up and tidy them away at the end of the session. It creates accountability for the team and shows good practice in machine maintenance and storage.
Yours in Fitness, education and being prepared.
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