Have you ever gotten on the erg and wondered what else the monitor could do for you besides reluctantly dole out meters? Do you get bored with the meter and pace screen so many rowers seem to be stuck on? It might be time to hit the “change display” button on the monitor and check out the force curve. Not only does this screen give you your work output parameters in meters, calories or watts, but it also gives you immediate feedback on your stroke.Per the Concept2 website:
The Force Curve graphically represents how you apply force (or power) during the rowing stroke, indicating how your total force varies as you use your legs, back and arms during the drive:
Some things to consider when trying for that “ideal” curve:
Watt do you mean by power?The average power applied during each stroke can be displayed in Watts. (Use the “change units” button on your display to get to watts.) In general, the more power applied, the faster your pace. However, this relationship between power and pace is non linear. There is no direct relationship between power and pace because of the variations in efficiency between strokes with different force profiles. You may have two force profiles with the same average power (watts), but the inefficient (spiky) force profile will produce a slower pace than an efficient (smooth) one. Dialing in that technique and working on that smooth force curve will pay dividends by making you a more efficient rower.
Next time you get on the rower, whether during warm up or in class, change the display to the force curve and see what your stroke looks like. What can you do to smooth it out? How does it change depending on the force you apply? Play around with this and watch your stroke improve.
May the Force be with YOU!
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