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New Year, New Look

In December, Marlene's new website went live! The streamlined design includes the following updates and additions:
  • A simplified Programs page that includes a comparison chart to help you decide which program is right for you. As always, Marlene offers customizable plans for training partners, crews, or clubs. Email Marlene for details.
  • A new Technique page, which explains how you can get detailed feedback on your technique by sending a video to Marlene.
  • An updated About Marlene page that includes an updated bio, photos of Marlene's elite racing years, current photos, résumé, and detailed list of medals.
  • A new Training Science page gives a brief history of the physiological research on which Marlene's personalized testing and training plans are based. Links to further reading are included.

December and January Rowing News articles by Marlene

  • The Test of Time (December 7, 2020). Marlene explains how to use testing to gauge your training.
  • Ratio, By the Numbers (December 27, 2020). A little math to help you think about the ratio between the drive and the recovery.
  • Ten Seconds, Two Truths (January 1, 2021). How you can use a ten-second peak-power test to predict your 2k test potential and overall efficiency.

Martin Cross interviews Jürgen Grobler


Register for the free R5 Rowers Conference on Sunday, January 24, 15:00 GMT to hear this first public interview of the recently retired coach of British Rowing.

Arguably the most successful rowing coach of all time, Grobler coached in East Germany prior to joining British Rowing. His interviewer Martin Cross won his first Olympic medal in 1980, winning gold in 1984 in the coxed four. Among other things, Cross works as a commentator for World Rowing.

Join Marlene and Rebecca live for their first podcast of 2021


On Thursday, January 14, 6:00 PM EST, Marlene and Rebecca will kick off the new year with a discussion of plans for 2021 and force curves on the erg. Join at the following YouTube link, Faster Masters Rowing Radio 14 January 2021.

To listen to previous episodes, find links to the YouTube and SoundCloud recordings on the RowingChat website, along with timestamps and related links.

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