Finding Flow and Getting in The Zone - (RE)COMMIT #5

Finding Flow and Getting in The Zone - (RE)COMMIT #5

4 minute read

Finding 'Flow' whilst both training and competing is one of the biggest and most important challenges an athlete can face.  Whether you’re an Olympian like Eric Murray or a novice training towards your first 2000m race, it’s important to introduce it to your indoor rowing practice.

What Is The Flow State? 

So, what is Flow? Flow is a state where you’re so engrossed in the activity that you completely lose yourself, any sense of time or urgency and anything that holds you back.  It helps you manage your fears and anxieties around competing and perform to your top potential.

Practicing flow helps you get rid of any nerves and doubts before you’ve started competing, you bring all the enjoyment you feel whilst training into the ‘arena’.  Just like you practice all the skill and strength required to compete, training your muscles so that they memorise the movements and you move almost automatically, you must practice and train your brain to automatically go into flow state. The mind, not the muscle is the most important athletic asset.

A lapse in concentration at a key moment often leads to lost time.  Practice being in the moment and completely present in your training and competitions.  Enjoying it, breathing through the pain, and feeling the rush.  Focus on the process.

Eric Murray discusses how to find your flow state on an indoor rowing machine

3 Tips for Finding Flow in Indoor Rowing

Now that we have explained what the flow state is and why it's important for indoor rowing, here are 3 tips to help you find that flow state - and stay there! 

Love what you do

If you don’t enjoy the activity you’re training for, you will never achieve flow.  You’ll just be going through the motions until you’re done.  Choosing a sport/exercise that you genuinely enjoy and are good at will make massive strides towards achieving flow state.  At the very least try and have a positive mindset as you go into a workout.

Push yourself

Put yourself out of your comfort zone.  Aiming for achievable yet ambitious goals will put you in a great mindset to go beyond what you’re used to.  You can say ‘I can do this. I know I can do this.’ A massive part of success in sport is knowing your limit and pushing yourself just beyond that mark. This is where the asensei rowing app really comes into its own as a training tool, it knows your capabilities by monitoring your rowing and sets you goals that are just ambitious enough so you can focus on improving.

Manage Your Stress

When you have other external issues, stresses, and anxieties – they can have a negative impact on your performance and mindset.  Making sure you keep a balance of training/rest and allowing ample time to recover and feel good about yourself will translate into your performance. A structured training plan, done correctly will help to ensure that you have ample time between workouts and a variety of different sessions to keep you mentally focussed. 

Articles in the (RE)COMMIT Series

If you enjoyed this article why not read the other articles in the series that are designed to complement the (RE)COMMIT 2000m training plan which is best delivered via the asensei rowing app.

#1 Connected Coaching with asensei

#2 Good Form Is Free Speed

#3 Slow Down To Speed Up

#4 Baselines & Benchmarks

#5 Finding Flow (this article)


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.

download asensei from the appstore


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