Deliberate Practice with Helen Glover

Deliberate Practice with Helen Glover

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Asensei is proud to be the title sponsor of the British Rowing Virtual Championships. 
To help you prepare for the event, Olympian Eric Murray, has created a series of  videos to
improve your training and mindset for competition. So whether you’re an elite athlete,
chasing a new PB or just setting yourself a benchmark to improve upon –

sign up for the Virtual Championships here and be a proud member of Team Asensei!

If you've been following Helen Glover's "Mother of all Comebacks" (BBC iPlayer, UK viewers only) to Tokyo 2020, you'll have seen just how much of her practice took place at home.

In 2018, before she'd committed to this comeback, 

Listen to what she shared here.

Helen calculated during a training camp that in any given Olympiad, she took 4 million strokes in practice - that's 16,000 strokes for every stroke she'll take in an Olympic final!

On reflection, this highlighted to Helen how important it was that she focus on the QUALITY of practice. Rather than just logging distance or working in particular heart rate zones (a mindset that is exacerbated by many fitness apps) how do you make sure you're focusing on the right things and having the right learnings during training?

Helen also talked about this during an address to the Oxford Union to students of Oxford University. The entire lecture and Q+A is well worth a watch, but if you skip to this section here, you'll hear Helen talk about her training for the London 2012 Olympics. Helen wasn't yet a full-time rower, and was balancing her training with teaching. When Helen didn't have as much time as full-time members to train, what was her secret - it was "time invested in technique was time really well spent ... while others were doing a 12k row I would do a 6k row and spend the rest of the time on technique ... and that pays huge dividends ... you can line up beside someone fitter than you and beat them by lengths if your technique is better".

So how have we folded this Olympic expertise into the asensei app?

  • Unlike fitness apps or workout apps, with Connected Coaching from asensei your practice is structured so that you're blending technique coaching with the training volume you need to practice and improve.
  • You're not just watching a video; using the performance monitor on your rowing machine asensei is watching YOUR performance and pushing you to your potential with personalized targets and real-time cues and corrections.
  • You'll experience what it's like to have DELIBERATE PRACTICE; a coaching philosophy that replaced mindless repetitions of movements with focused attention on the things that will improve your performance, however much time you've got for practice.

We partnered with British Rowing to create the Master the Basics program for those new to the sport of indoor rowing. Once you've nailed those basics, push yourself to your best 2k, 5k or 6k times with athletes like 4x Olympian Eric Murray, or simply enjoy what you've learned with workouts from studio fitness instructor Johan Quie.


Eric Murray asensei Rowing Coaching

asensei is free to download and you can trial the first 3 workouts in the (RE)COMMIT program and let Eric calculate a 2k time that he can coach you to achieve in only 6 weeks.

All you need is an iPhone and access to an asensei Compatible rowing machine from Concept 2, WaterRower or FluidRower with a bluetooth capable monitor.

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