Author: Danielle Cantor

  • Visit Your Local Boat Club for National Learn to Row Day, Saturday, June 1, 2024

    Each year, on the first Saturday in June, the rowing community bands together to share the joy of our sport with others for National Learn to Row Day. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 1, 2024, to participate in this annual tradition, organized by U.S. Rowing and Concept 2 Inc. in an effort to introduce the sport of rowing to people of all ages and fitness levels. This year’s theme is “A Seat in the Boat for Everyone,” which aligns with U.S. Rowing’s #UnitedWeRow initiative.

    How to Host a Learn to Row Event

    For rowing groups looking to host a Learn to Row event, U.S. Rowing and Concept 2 have assembled resources for planning and advertising to the local community. They are also incorporating several giveaways into the mix to motivate clubs to get into the LTR spirit. The first giveaway invites club leaders to complete U.S. Rowing’s “Opening the Boathouse Doors” course, available on The Launch platform within U.S. Rowing’s member portal, by June 1, for the chance to win a brand new Concept2 RowErg.

    Starting Friday, May 17, rowing groups can reshare, via Instagram stories, a list of resources for organizations looking to diversify their boathouse for a second drawing with a new Concept 2 RowErg as the prize. A final sweepstakes invites people to let @USRowing and @Concept2 know they are participating in Learn to Row day by tagging both groups in a post on Instagram stories. The prize is also a brand-new Concept 2 RowErg machine.

    Find a Learn to Row Event Near You

    As a company founded by rowers for rowers, Rowing Pad is passionate about championing our sport and is many benefits. Rowing connects you to nature and provides a full-body workout. Even if you don’t think you have access to a waterway for rowing nearby, you might be surprised to learn that a rowing club is operating somewhere not too far—many different types of rivers, lakes, bays, inlets, and more can be used for rowing. It’s an excellent activity for pre-teens and teens in search of a challenge and plenty of camaraderie. And of course, rowing is equally rewarding for adults of all ages—our community is incredibly welcoming!

    Here in the Granite State, where Rowing Pad is located, we have a rich rowing heritage, with well-run high school and collegiate programs and an abundance of scenic waterways. Many rowing clubs in New Hampshire and the surrounding areas pull out all the stops for Learn to Row day each year, as they seek to connect with potential new participants in their communities and make rowing accessible for all. Check out our roundup of regional Learn to Row events taking place June 1, 2024. (Tell them your friends at Rowing Pad sent you!)

    Looking to row in another location? Use U.S. Rowing’s map (featured toward the bottom of the LTR site) to find a boat club near you and check out the offerings for new rowers. 

    Don’t miss this opportunity to try something new or to share your love for rowing with someone you think might enjoy it. Happy rowing to all for the 2024 Learn to Row. Always remember to grab your Rowing Pad boat or erg pad before setting off on your next adventure.

    Follow US Rowing @usrowing and @concept2inc on Instagram for more details.

    GREAT BAY ROWING CLUB (DOVER, NH)

    Join Great Bay Rowing Club at the Community Trail Entrance at the Dover Transportation Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 1. An exciting feature of this year’s event is that local author and GBR rower Linnea Hartsuyker will be giving a talk on rowing in the time of the Vikings. GBR coaches and athletes will give demonstrations and offer community members a chance to try rowing for themselves!

    This wonderful non-profit local club, which rows on the Cocheco River, offers everything from learn-to-row programs and sculling classes for juniors (grades 8 through 12) and adults to competitive racing for all ages and levels. It also has adaptive rowing equipment available. The positive energy at GBR will surely win you over—check out the Instagram account to catch up on their recent accomplishments, including a second time claiming the title of Granite State Sculling Championship Team Trophy Winners. [With our headquarters right nearby, Rowing Pad is proud to sponsor Great Bay Rowing.]

    AMOSKEAG ROWING CLUB (HOOKSETT, NH)

    Those along the more northern reaches of the Merrimack River have a great rowing resource in the Amoskeag Rowing Club, which operates out of its boathouse in Hooksett and offers a nice mix of rowing programs, including college conditioning and master’s refresher courses. From 9 to 11 a.m., you can stop by for an open house, tour of the facilities, and some instruction on rowing technique, then hop into a boat for a free on-water lesson. Who knows? You might want to sign up for one of the adult or junior learn-to-row sculling programs on the spot and find yourself participating in the annual Blue Heron Regatta come August.

    CONCORD CREW (CONCORD, NH)

    To celebrate Learn to Row 2024, this nonprofit, competitive regional rowing team based on the Merrimack will be holding an open house for middle and high school students as well as adults. Concord Crew, with its youth programming for boys and girls in grades 8 through 12, has a long tradition of teaching kids sweep oar and sculling technique. The club also recently added adult recreational and competitive masters programs, summer collegiate and club competitive rowing, and summer technical recreation rowing to its offerings! Stop by on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to take a tour of the boathouse (located at 15 Loudon Road), talk to the coaches, try out the rowing machines, and even head out on the water with some of the club’s experienced rowers and coxswains to get a feel for the sport.

    GENTLE GIANT ROWING CLUB (SOMERVILLE, MA)

    Just north of Boston, Gentle Giant Rowing Club operates out of the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, set along the Mystic River in Somerville, Massachusetts. Visit this not-for-profit organization on June 3 for a view into the community spirit, fun, and camaraderie that come with belonging to a local boat club. The Learn to Row programming runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the boathouse, with land rowing on the club’s rowing machines (“ergs”) and “tanking,” which means sitting in a boat in the water against the dock and practicing the stroke process. After newbies have “tanked,” they can get out on the river in the club’s barge or in one of the hulls with experienced rowers to take their first official strokes on the Mystic.

    If you catch the rowing bug, you can sign up for GGRC’s great learn to row sweep and scull classes, among other excellent programming for adults, youth, and partnerships with nearby high schools. What’s the story behind the club’s name? Its title sponsor is Gentle Giant Moving Club, founded by a lifelong rower to bring the dedication and teamwork of sports to the moving industry.

    Stop by any of these wonderful clubs this Saturday and give rowing a try!

  • Find Us at the 2024 New England Interscholastic Rowing Championships

    With nearly 800 acres of open water and 4 miles primed for rowing courses, Lake Quinsigamond, tucked between the city of Worcester and the town of Shrewsbury in Massachusetts, is a regional hub for regattas from spring through the last viable weeks of fall.

    This Saturday, May 25, 2024, the crews from more than 60 high schools throughout New England get their turn to compete for victory at the 2024 NEIRA championships. Events include high school men’s and women’s fours for first, second, third, and fourth varsity and men’s and women’s eights for first, second, and third varsity. The New England Interscholastic Rowing Association has hosted the championships in some form since 1947.

    As a first-time sponsor of this annual event, Rowing Pad will be on site, taking in all the action and introducing our boat and indoor rowing pads to attendees, rowers, and coaches. Look for our founder, Victor Pisinski, and say “hello”! (Ask him to check out our new Coxswain Seat Pads, designed specifically for the cox seat.) We are thrilled to support NEIRA and be a part of this exciting spring race.

    3 Expert Tips for Junior Rowers Before a Championship Regatta

    For many junior rowers, annual regattas like the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championships or the Eastern Springs are their first encounter with an all-day, multi-team racing event. It can be a pressure-filled experience! Coaches and trainers work hard to help young rowers stay focused and healthy in the weeks leading up to racing season.

    Rowing Pad spoke with rowing specialist Blake Gourley, M.S.,CFSC, FMS, FRCms, owner of Rowing Strength, for the expert take on helping young athletes thrive during this busy time of year. Below are his tips for junior rowers as they prepare for a championship regatta like the NEIRA race this weekend.

    1) Embrace the taper

    Your coaches will begin to taper your training volume to help you reach your peak just in time for competition. The reality is that putting in extra work over these next couple of weeks won’t improve your performance at championships—in fact, doing too much now will only take away from your performance. So listen to your coach, follow the taper they have planned for you and fight the urge to put in extra work during this time. It’s normal to feel antsy and energetic during a taper and that’s a sign that it’s working! 

    2) Fill your recovery bucket

    One thing you have control over is your recovery bucket. Imagine a bucket of water that has a spout at the bottom of the bucket. To fill the bucket, add quality sleep, nutrition, and proper hydration and you’ll see the water levels rise. All forms of stress, however, drain water out of the bucket. As you head into championships, make it your goal to not only fill your recovery bucket, but to make it overflow. Start now by getting to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal, by eating enough of the right foods, and by consistently hitting your hydration goals (a common hydration recommendation is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces daily).

    3) Stick to your routine

    A routine can help you stay grounded and ease some of your worry as you prepare to launch for your big race. Follow your usual warm-up routine, listen to the music that puts you in the proper headspace, and give yourself plenty of time to perform your routine so that you can avoid rushing to the starting line.


    About Our Featured Expert: With 13+ years of experience in competitive rowing, Blake Gourley understands what is needed to be a high-performing athlete. Blake works with clients ranging from high-performing athletes with no limitations to clients transitioning out of injury (in collaboration with their doctors). With a master’s degree in sports performance, 10+ professional certifications, several published articles, and a couple of books under his belt, Blake’s goal is to help as many rowers as possible.

  • Introducing the Coxswain Seat Pad Line

    Over the course of Rowing Pad’s existence, we have taken great pride in proclaiming that we have a pad for every different type of rower. Our pads come in varying thicknesses and densities, with optional comfort cutouts and our non-slip layer. The goal has always been to provide choices, because no two rowers are the same and so, naturally, rowing pads cannot be “one size fits all.”

    But in our focus on providing choice, we had yet to design a pad for one major segment of the rowing community—a very important member of the crew: the coxswain.

    Last summer, a member of the Bainbridge Island Rowing club, which calls the enviable waterways around Bainbridge Island, Washington, home, approached us inquiring whether we had ever considered applying our “amazing padding system” to a cox seat pad. (They had their own very special, personal inspiration behind this idea, which we will share in a future post as well.) We replied that we had not, but we immediately knew it was a challenge we wanted to take on. The Rowing Pad crew got to work.

    We were pleased to deliver the first shipment of pads to the Bainbridge Island Rowing crew, who sent their enthusiastic approval and thanks. Then we were ready to share our newest products with the rest of the rowing world.

    Meet the Cox Pad Lineup

    Of course, there are other cox pads on the market. But, as always, we haven taken special care and applied our rowing insight to design a pad that is unparalleled in quality and performance.

    Our Coxswain Seat Pad line features 3 different products: The Coxswain Seat Pad (#11700), featuring two layers of our high-performance, medium-density foam capped by a layer of soft-density foam on top to deliver unparalleled comfort and support for the crew’s VIP. The Coxswain Seat Pad Add-On (#11710), which grips the floor and protects against skidding, even in wet conditions. Finally, the first two products combine together in the ultimate bundle: the Coxswain Seat Pad with Non-Slip (#11720).

    Order one today for the coxswain in your crew! Coaches, please reach out to us about outfitting your entire team with rowing pads. We provide free engraving on all bulk orders, as well as significant savings on shipping costs.

    Rowing Pad designs, manufacturers, and distributes all of our products from our cozy corner of New Hampshire, right here in the USA. It is our mission to continue to provide the highest quality products and attentive customer service as we support the rowing community.

  • How to Use Your Non-Slip Rowing Pad

    It’s been almost four years since Rowing Pad launched our non-slip rowing pads, and they have become one of our most loved features from customers!

    Born of frustrations we heard from rowers over slipping in the seat when things get splashy, our non-slip technology was designed with a clear need in mind. The goal was to find an easy solution to the occasional skid or slip—during a race or on the sweaty erg seat—that didn’t detract from the other beneficial features of our rowing seat cushions. The resulting line employs our unique non-slip technology to deliver the ultimate anti-skid, slip-resistant rowing experience.

    How does it work? Rowing Pad’s Non-Slip Technology adds a textured rubber layer to your pad base to help it grip the boat or erg seat and stay put for the duration of your row. It is available with the 10MM, 20MM, and 30MM Boat Pad as well as the 10MM and 20MM Soft Erg Pad or as a peel-and-stick add-on to your current Rowing Pad boat or erg pad. Our favorite part? The coating holds firm despite the elements—meaning you can maintain your stability even on those days when you have to race or train in wet, cold, or sweaty conditions.

    How to Apply the Non-Slip Boat or Erg Pad Add-On

    The most common question we get about the non-slip add-on pad is: Do I stick it to the seat or to my rowing pad?

    The answer: You stick the add-on to your pad—not the boat or erg seat. This means your newly acquired slip-resistance stays with you and your pad versus anchored to one boat or rowing machine. 

    Here’s what to expect based on your purchase: With the 10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (#11372), which features a single layer of our resilient firm polymer foam, the non-slip layer comes pre-applied to the pad. When your pad arrives, you will notice a thin (3/16″ thick) additional layer attached to the underside of your pad. This textured coating is the Non-Slip, and it will help hold your pad in place on the seat of any boat. 

    For the 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (#11373), the non-slip layer comes separately—and here’s why. Our 20MM Boat Pad features a dual-density, soft/firm construction. This means it can be used soft or firm side up depending on personal preference. We ship the Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On separately with your order so you can decide which side of the pad you want to apply the textured layer to. For example, if you prefer a firm cushion, you will apply the add-on layer to the soft side of your pad. 

    The non-slip layer also currently ships separately with the 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip (#11608), which features three incredibly cushy layers of polymer foam in a soft/medium/soft density core. You can apply to either side of the pad as both are the same density.

    The Non-Slip ErgPad offerings, which include the new 10MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (#7800) and the 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (#8500), both ship with the textured non-slip layer already applied to the pads. They arrive ready to rock on your rowing machine of choice and will provide slip-resistance for your pad anywhere you row, from the rowing studio to your home gym.

    The Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On and ErgPad Add-On (#11500) ship as a 3/16″-thick single layer featuring the textured non-slip technology on one side (the other side has the adhesive). You can apply it to any Rowing Pad boat or erg pad you currently own using the peel-and-stick application process.

    The application process is a simple peel-and-stick method. You will find instructions from Rowing Pad on how to best apply in the shipment with your order. 

    Shop the Non-Slip Technology collection now. Available as: 10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip layer comes pre-applied to the pad); 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip coating comes separately so you can choose whether to apply to the firm or soft side of the dual-density pad); 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip (non-slip layer comes separately); Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On (apply to any Rowing Pad boat pad); 10MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (non-slip layer comes pre-applied to the pad); 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (non-slip layer comes pre-applied to the pad); Non-Slip ErgPad Add-On (apply to any Rowing Pad ErgPad).

  • Ultimate Comfort and Performance in Just 10MM: Meet Rowing Pad’s Latest Soft ErgPad

    Rowing Pad LLC has introduced a new rowing machine seat cushion: the 10MM Soft ErgPad Solid with Non-Slip (#7800). Constructed from our unique soft-density foam, #7800 is a low-profile pad for rowers who want a soft, solid cushion on the erg but do not need extra height in the seat. A non-slip layer comes already applied to the underside of the pad, providing a sturdy ride during workouts—even when things get sweaty.

    As with all Rowing Pad products, the Soft line of rowing accessories is constructed from durable, high-quality polymer foam that can stand up to regular use and still provide incredible cushioning and protection. The 10MM Soft ErgPad joins two other Soft products: the 20MM Soft ErgPad (no longer available) and the 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip (#8500). These pads pair two layers of our soft-density high-performance foam—a soft-soft twist on the classic Rowing Pad dual-density design, which features one firm layer of foam and one soft layer.

    Finally: a low-profile pad for rowers who want a soft, solid cushion on the erg but do not need extra height in the seat.

    THE 10MM SOFT ERGPAD SOLID WITH NON-SLIP

    The #7800 has a unique origin story. Our pads are designed for rowers by rowers—with input from some of the sport’s most revered collegiate rowing coaches as well as professional and Olympic athletes. The crew at Rowing Pad also continually seeks feedback from customers to learn how we can improve our offerings. We know, as all rowers do, that no two bodies are the same…yet the equipment we use, both in the boat and on the erg, has limited capacity for adjustment. This is why Rowing Pad offers pads in various thicknesses and density levels.

    But the Soft ErgPad line was inspired by customized pads our founder, Northeastern Men’s Rowing alum Victor Pisinski, created for his own personal erg training. He wanted the softest cushion we had in a 20MM height, and at the time, we offered only the dual-density pads. It wasn’t forgiving enough on the sitz bones. That’s how the soft-soft design came to be (we later incorporated comfort cutouts in the design, based on customer input).

    After a while, though, Victor realized he did not need the full 20MM in height. He’s a tall, fairly proportional guy—his rowing geometry was fine without a boost. But he didn’t want to sacrifice the cloud-like ride of the Soft 20MM or 30MM Triple Decker pads.

    So the 10MM Soft ErgPad Solid with Non-Slip was born. Judging by the immediate response, we are pretty sure many other rowers out there having been waiting for erg pad bliss in a low-profile package as well. We are delighted to provide yet another seat pad choice for indoor rowing enthusiasts and rowers who train regularly on the erg. 

    RowingPad designs, manufacturers, and distributes all of our products from our cozy corner of New Hampshire, right here in the USA. It is our mission to continue to provide the highest quality products and attentive customer service as we support the rowing community.

  • Indoor Rowing Guide: Benefits of Using an ERG Pad

    Indoor rowing is a fantastic exercise option for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Rowers use ergometers, or rowing machines, year-round as a training method, particularly in the winter when on-water rowing is not possible. Outside the sport of rowing, indoor rowing studios exist across the country, providing fun, low-impact workouts along with motivational instruction. Cross-fit gyms also frequently incorporate the rowing machine into their workouts. Why? The erg builds strength and endurance, gets the heart rate pumping, and burns calories. It’s efficient but also low-impact. Very few other workouts pack as much punch into a session.

    Of course, getting started can be tricky. Before you can enjoy your time on the erg, you need to get yourself comfortable, and that’s no easy feat. Rowing machines are rough on the posterior, especially if you have a bony butt. The rowing motion can also feel awkward for beginners, and that’s normal! Finding your ideal rowing form takes a bit of tinkering. If you are short-waisted or short in stature over all, the geometry of rowing for you will be different than it will be for someone who is tall or has a longer torso.

    A rowing seat pad can help with many of these issues. Rowing Pad specifically developed our ErgPads to provide comfort, increase flexibility, and improve a rower’s form by adjusting their height in the seat. While other options on the market are made of gel, silicone, neoprene, or memory foam, our pads are made from a unique, durable high-performance foam that provides support and comfort. Our construction provides a variety of density levels from firm to extra soft, and each pad is available with non-slip technology for ultimate grip in the seat.

    Competitive rowers at all levels—Olympic, collegiate, masters, junior, club—swear by our pads, for more than one reason. Read on to learn the key benefits of using an erg seat pad.

    Benefit #1: Range of Motion

    Finding proper alignment on the erg is an ongoing process—as your body gains or loses strength and flexibility, your ideal rowing geometry changes. Range of motion on the erg involves your seat-to-heel compression and effective body angle—both key to achieving proper body position at the front end (entry).

    We often think of flexibility as something we naturally possess in our youth but lose as we age. But youth does not always equal greater flexibility. In fact, many high school and collegiate rowers struggle with flexibility—something to do with those fast and furious growth spurts!

    When Rowing Pad first developed our pads, we worked closely with coaches at some of the sport’s top rowing programs to ensure our pads do what coaches and athletes need them to: cushion those bony rears, protect the back from impact (see below), and help rowers find their ideal stroke form by adjusting the height of their hips as they sit on the machine.

    A few millimeters can make a huge difference on the erg. A rowing machine seat cushion adjusts your height in the seat. This can help increase your range of motion so you can overcome tightness in the hips, hamstrings, and lower back and row a longer, more complete stroke. A more complete stroke is a more powerful, effective stroke.

    Benefit #2: Back Pain Relief

    Have you ever thought about what happens to back muscles when rowing on water? In the boat, there is a constant up and down motion happening. This is due to the buoyancy of the boat in the water and the changing of your body weight (up and down the slide) and speed of the hull. It provides an opportunity for your back muscles to load and unload throughout the stroke.

    Now let’s think about the rowing machine. A favorite friend of Rowing Pad and master of all things rowing, the late, legendary coach Larry Gluckman, used to explain it like this, and we’ve never done better: “On the erg there is no buoyancy.” There is only hard, firm floor. The spine has no opportunity to unload. “But by rowing with a pad and pivoting on your sitz bones,” he would say, “there can be a bit of unloading, particularly if the athlete swings the body from body angle position to layback.” 

    Rowing Pad uses high-density polymer foam for our pads. Our ErgPad collection creates a thick barrier to absorb a lot of the pressure generated by the erg. This, in turn, provides some relief for your back.

    Benefit #3: Comfort

    Most people first discover Rowing Pad because they are looking for this critical butt pad benefit—comfort! With pads available in 5, 10, 20, and even 30MM thicknesses and choices of dual-density firmness (firm on one side, softer on the other) and twin soft layers, we definitely deliver. 

    Here we believe that if you are not comfortable on your rowing machine…eventually, you will not use it. Simple as that. No two rowers are exactly alike, which means what feels comfortable to one person might not be to the next. Concept2, Water Rower, NordicTrack, RP3 Dynamic, Hydrow—no matter the brand you use, the bottom line is that the seat was not designed specifically for your body.

    A rowing pad can help change that. Adding a layer of cushy material between your sitz bones and the hard machine seat goes a long way in alleviating pressure.

    Not sure where to get started? Try our 20MM Soft ErgPad for ultimate cushion in the seat. With two layers of our soft-density foam, it is one of our top-selling pads and a favorite among indoor rowing enthusiasts. Once you feel more comfortable, you will also feel more positive about each workout and, ultimately, able to row for longer set pieces.

    Looking to order multiple pads for your gym, club, or indoor rowing studio? Reach out for a quote—we offer free logo engraving and personalization on all bulk orders, plus you save on shipping!

  • The 2023 Rowing Pad Holiday Gift Guide

    Wouldn’t it be nice to wrap up all your holiday shopping in just one day, so you can kick back and truly get into the spirit of the season? Maybe log some extra miles toward your Concept 2 Holiday Challenge, make a batch of homemade eggnog or try a new cookie recipe? Then head to the local rowing studio to burn off all that sugar. Catch up on all the cool new rowing-related things happening in pop culture, like the release of the The Boys in the Boat movie, and great books like Goran Buckhorn’s The Greatest Rowing Stories Ever Told and Dan Boyne’s rowing murder mystery, Body of Water, that came out this past spring.

    With the Rowing Pad 2023 Holiday Gift Guide, that relaxed, festive, and totally prepared person can be you! So make up your list of rowers near and dear and consult our guide to find the perfect boar or erg pad for each one. Want to make it extra special? Add personalization at checkout. Don’t forget to take advantage of our holiday promotion: Spend $70 and your order ships free. (No coded needed.)

    See? Thoughtful, useful, easy, and FREE SHIPPING! Here’s you, enjoying the holidays, with the best rowing presents ever arriving in plenty of time to be wrapped. Pour that second cup of nog—you’ve earned it!

    For the Disproportionate Rower:

    30MM TRIPLE DECKER BOAT PAD WITH NON-SLIP

    If your distinguishing family trait is long legs, short torso, chances are the rower in your life could use some assistance getting their body weight in front of their hips. Why is this important? A powerful drive depends on a rower’s ability to get their shoulders in front of the hips during the recovery, and for rowers with long legs, that can be a struggle. A RowingPad 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip gives just the right amount of boost to help perfect that geometry, with three layers of soft/firm/soft density foam for comfort and preferred level of firmness. The non-slip add-on protects against slipping and skidding, even in wet conditions.

    Take it from national champion masters rowers Laura Nowacki and Ann Panagulias, who are affectionately called “munchkins” by their New Haven Rowing Club mates: “[Rowing Pad’s] rowing pads not only boost our stature in the boat, they boost our confidence, too! In a sport of technical detail and proficiency, a Rowing Pad gives us an undeniable edge on the competition. And every millimeter counts! We LOVE them!”

    For the Indoor Rowing Fan:

    20MM ERGPAD WITH COMFORT CUTOUTS

    Indoor rowing aficionados know the secret to erg bliss: Surround yourself with a dozen other rowers, an inspirational instructor and a perfectly synced soundtrack and the meters will fly by. For the studio set, a 20MM ErgPad with Comfort Cutouts is 100% guaranteed to delight. With a firm side and a soft side, your recipient can choose what feels best on the seat. Take it from world record holder Bill Nurge, head coach at Hardcore Training Center, “The 20mm ErgPad (dense side up) is not only super comfortable, it enables my 60-year-old, 5’8” frame to sit a little taller on the erg. I like the feeling of having more leverage on top of the flywheel.” Want to add an extra special touch? Personalize the pad with your recipient’s name or personal best—they’ll cherish the engraving and it will make their pad easier to spot in the dark studio.

    For the Comfort Craver:

    20MM SOFT ERGPAD WITH NON-SLIP

    Even the toughest rower can hit their personal wall when it comes to the ergometer. Too much ouch gets discouraging! Those who crave some extra comfort factor during rowing machine workouts will love Rowing Pad’s extra-soft ErgPad line. In fact, this ergometer seat pad is so soft, the sitz bones will feel total relief (no comfort cutouts necessary)! The 20MM Soft ErgPad with Non-Slip is the ultimate erg training tool, featuring Rowing Pad’s new soft-soft density design along with a layer of proprietary non-slip technology. Textured rubber grips the rowing machine seat for improved slip resistance—even when things get sweaty in the rowing studio. The 20MM Soft ErgPad packs the same double-soft foam without the non-slip layer.

    For the Club Secret Santa:

    CUSTOM ENGRAVED BOAT PADS

    Your rowing club is having a holiday party with a white elephant gift exchange. Yankee Swap. Dirty Santa. Whatever you call it, this fun but unpredictable holiday tradition puts the pressure on! We’ll make it easy for you: Lean in to your shared passion for the club by ordering up a set of boat pads engraved with something meaningful—the club logo, a recent championship win, a beloved motto, or an inside joke that won’t quit. Pair a 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with a 20MM Boat Pad for a classic combo that will suit a range of rower preferences. A guaranteed holiday hit!

    For the Junior Rower:

    20MM ERGPAD SOLID

    Congratulations! Your daughter or son has joined the rowing team at school and is having an amazing time. Except for one thing: He or she frequently complains about a sore rear from all the time spent training on the erg. Even for young rowers, rowing machine workouts can spell major back pain. Why? Our bodies absorb some of the pressure from the hard ground when we work out on a rowing machine. Protect their spine with a technical-level foam seat cushion like 20MM ErgPad Solid.

    The extra height can also help overcome inflexibility, which is common in junior rowers who are growing fast and furiously. A butt pad can help increase their range of motion so they can overcome tightness in the hips, hamstrings, and lower back and row a longer, more complete stroke. One mom told us, “My son is a high school freshman rowing novice who is tall and thin (and still growing). He was really struggling with erg practices and testing due to ischial and low back pain. We tried 3 different products before finding yours. Hallelujah!”

    Alternate product: 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip

    If your rower spends more time in the boat and is groaning about all that carbon fiber contact, try a new boat pad, like the 20MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip. With firm-density foam, comfort cutouts, and protective non-slip technology to keep the seat pad in place, practice will be a breeze come spring training time. Give them the competitive edge and a little TLC—a winning combo!

    For the Masters Rower:

    30MM TRIPLE DECKER ERGPAD WITH COMFORT CUTOUTS

    “Masters” is, for many rowers in this category, a badge of honor. These rowers have put in the work over the years and show no signs of slowing up. But for the masters starting to veer into “Grand Masters” territory, certain issues are unavoidable: bonier butts, aching joints and sitz bones and recurring back pain. As we age, our range of motion can decrease, and rhythms that were once second nature can suddenly start to feel out of whack.

    But that shouldn’t keep career athletes from enjoying their preferred form of exercise. Rowing Pad’s 30MM Triple Decker ErgPad with Comfort Cutouts—featuring our exclusive soft/medium/soft three-layer polymer foam construction—can help restore a rower’s range of motion, thereby maintaining the most effective body angle. The extra benefit is the additional comfort on the rear. This best-selling ErgPad is available as a solid pad or with comfort cutouts.

    For the Rower’s Stocking:

    NON-SLIP ERGPAD ADD-ON

    Need a low-budget treasure for the ergometer buff in your crew? Surprise them with our newest addition to the Non-Slip Collection: the Non-Slip Erg Pad Add-On. An easy upgrade to any Rowing Pad ErgPad, this peel-and-stick application adds a rubber layer of our non-slip technology that will grip the seat and protect against skidding—even when the sweat factor is high. Just maybe don’t actually “stuff” it…treat this baby with care.

    Visit RowingPad.com to shop our full collection of boat and erg pads for competitive rowing, recreational rowing, collegiate rowing, juniors rowing, masters rowing, indoor rowing, Crossfit rowing, and more.

  • An Exceptional Learning Opportunity for the Masters Rowing Community

    One of the things we love most about rowing is that it is a sport for all ages. Many of our customers are in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s! It’s incredible to see how rowers are able to keep active in the boat and on the erg, and how rewarding it is to participate in regattas, studio classes, and rowing clubs year-round.

    But anyone of an “advanced age” will tell you: The rower’s body at 70 is not the same as it was at 30. While certain adjustments, like adding one of Rowing Pad’s foam seat pads for extra cushion and help with alignment, are simple and effective, much more can be done to prolong your rowing career and advance your rowing outcomes as an older rower.

    Enter this unique and much-needed live webinar from the talented crew at Faster Masters Rowing! Titled “The Older Athlete & Aging,” the conference speaks exactly to the topic of how to row safely, comfortably, and effectively as you age. Rowing Pad is proud to sponsor the webinar and help spread the word to our rowing network.

    “The Older Athlete & Aging”
    LIVE WEBINAR WITH GUEST EXPERTS
    Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
    Time: 3 pm EST, 12 pm PST, 8pm GMT, 7 am AEDT

    BROUGHT TO YOU BY FASTER MASTERS ROWING

    Event Summary: Advancing Older Athletes


    We are the first human generation to have stayed fit and active throughout our lives. And those lives are significantly longer than previous generations. This webinar showcases key information to adjust your training program and rowing technique to make the best possible outcomes for your rowing training. For coaches, learn how to better work with older athletes.

    You Will Learn

    • The needs of rowers through the winter months
    • Adult-oriented Sport Coaching Survey findings: what masters rowers want from their coach
    • 5 popular rowing myths debunked
    • Biomechanics and rowing technique solutions to common problems
    • The masters athlete pathway from novice to age group racing
    • Systems thinking to re-shape masters rowing

    “The Older Athlete & Aging” webinar features insights from some of the sports top coaches and experts on rowing form.

    You Will Meet

    • Jim Dietz is a leading masters coach and also a competitive sculler. He runs camps with All-American Rowing Camp and likes nothing more than sharing his huge expertise illustrated by rowing anecdotes.
    • Volker Nolte is an author and sport scientist specializing in biomechanics and rowing; he’s also a former international and competitive master.
    • Derrik Motz works in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada as a senior research assistant in the Coaching Masters Athletes research group. Derrik’s research is on coaching masters athletes and examining masters athlete sport re-engagement and sport identities.
    • Rebecca Caroe is a competitive masters rower and coach. She is the masters representative for Rowing New Zealand and advocates for masters rowing globally.

    Register today at Faster Masters Rowing for this invaluable learning opportunity.

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  • Don’t Miss These New England Fall 2023 Regattas and Rowing Events

    Fall is jam-packed with rowing opportunities—find one near you and register today!

    October is peak rowing season here in New England. The trees are ablaze with color, and the waterways offer up misty mornings and crisp, gleaming afternoons that make perfect backdrops for rowing. From classic local regattas full of personality and heritage to the international highlight that is the Head of the Charles, there is truly a race for everyone.   

    As supporters of rowers local (RowingPad is a proud sponsor of Great Bay Rowing’s juniors program) and international, we follow each of these autumnal events with equal enthusiasm and even, when we can, take part in some respectable masters and alumni racing. 

    Grab your calendars and start planning out your remaining weekends! Here are some excellent rowing events taking place across New England for the rest of fall 2023. We hope to see you at one or more!

    Rowers launch from the Donahue Rowing Center on Lake Quinsigamond. Photo courtesy the Quinsigamond Rowing Club website.

    Quinsigamond Snake Regatta, October 7, 2023

    Lake Quinsigamond is a rowing haven, nestled between the city of Worcester and the town of Shrewsbury in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The 4-mile-long lake, formed by glaciers, at times resembles a river, with a deep, narrow northern section and a more shallow southern basin full of coves and islands. We can’t say for certain, but we’d guess its winding shape is how the Snake Regatta, hosted by the Quinsigamond Rowing Association, got its name.

    A traditional head-style race, the course is approximately 2.5 miles. Rowers begin at Sugarloaf Island and finish at the Donahue Rowing Center, located at the lake’s north end. The regatta is for collegiate crews (and eligible alumni), attracting many of New England’s top racing programs (16 clubs have entered this year)—many of which call Lake Quinsigamond home (e.g., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clark University, among others).

    Head of the Housatonic regatta in Connecticut
    The Head of the Housatonic is one of the largest single-day regattas in the U.S. Photo courtesy of New Haven Rowing Club.

    Head of the Housatonic, October 7, 2023

    This unique and tightly organized head race hosted by the New Haven Rowing Club takes place at Indian Well State Park along Connecticut’s Housatonic River. This year 98 clubs are registered to participate, which means the shores of the river will be lined with team tents and spectators, who arrive by shuttle from off-site parking lots.

    We’ve seen plenty of regattas in our day, but the Head of the Housatonic Regatta, held in the southern reaches of Shelton, Connecticut, offers a different kind of race format. Competitors launch from the sandy beach by walking boats into the water (there is no dock). Boats follow a very specific traffic pattern involving colored buoys and must adhere to “right of way” guidelines (or suffer the consequences, which are assessed in the form of 10-, 20-, and 60-second penalties). This race demands your full focus in more ways than one! Watch this cool video on the NHRC site for a glimpse at all the action.

    Photo courtesy Amoskeag Rowing Club’s NH Championship Regatta, via Facebook

    New Hampshire Championships George Dirth Memorial Regatta, October 15, 2023

    What better way to warm up for one of the world’s most famous head races (HOCR) than with another intense, widely renowned fall rowing competition? Up for the challenge? Then head to the George Dirth Memorial Regatta, which takes place the weekend before Head of the Charles and has the distinction of being the largest New England rowing event north of Boston. How large? More than 2,000 athletes rowing nearly 400 sculling and sweep boats. 

    Hosted by the Amoskeag Rowing Club in Pembroke, New Hampshire, the 3-mile head race begins upriver on the Merrimack and finishes at Memorial Park. In addition to providing a wonderful day of racing in a beautiful fall setting, this event awards a New Hampshire Cup team trophy for the best overall team performance and is raced in memory of George Dirth, a former Amoskeag club member and rower at Derryfield and Oregon State University who died tragically at the young age of 27. Registration has reached capacity, but a waitlist is available.

    Painting of Head of the Charles rowing event.

    Head of the Charles, October 20-22, 2023

    Since 1965, this beloved annual head race has been delighting spectators and competitors alike with its top-level racing and most scenic environs of the Charles River. With its prestigious roster of athletes and charming Boston backdrop, who could resist? This year 803 clubs have registered, with 2,598 entries, according to the Head of the Charles event page on Regatta Central. 

    One special moment scheduled to take place amid the rowing action is a ceremony for the 2023 National Rowing Hall of Fame® inductees. The announcement will take place Saturday, October 21, at 4 p.m. at the National Rowing Foundation tent. This year’s roster includes some of rowing’s finest female rowers, including all of the gold medal U.S. women’s eights from 2009 to 2012. Find more details on Hear the Boat Sing.

    Rowing Pad’s founder, Victor Pisinski, a Northeastern rowing alum, has quite a streak of participation in the event, in which he debuted during year three. This year he will once again return to the river basin in the Men’s Grand Master Eights, taking place Saturday morning, accompanied by a crew of rowing compatriots eager to give it their all for 2023. 

    If you see him there, give him a big cheer (and ask to check out a Rowing Pad seat pad while you’re at it!).

    Photo courtesy Quinsigamond Rowing Club website.

    Wormtown Chase, October 28, 2023

    A regular last fall season hurrah for collegiate programs in the region, the Wormtown Chase is the longer of the two head races held on Lake Quinsigamond each autumn. (The Snake Regatta, listed above, is the other.) The Chase is also a relatively new fixture on the New England regatta calendar; the inaugural race took place in 2019 and was conceived as a way to offer a head race opportunity for masters rowers as well as a second fall event for schools.

    Both college crews and masters now flock to the four-mile lake between Worcester and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, for the 3.25-mile head race. The course begins at Quinsigamond State Park beach, proceeds south around Coast Guard and Blake Islands, and finishes at the Donahue Rowing Center.  Why “Wormtown,” you might be wondering? Apparently this is a nickname for Worcester—one that can ignite debate, so be warned—coined by a local DJ in the 70s to refer to the city’s underground music scene.

  • Visit Your Local Boat Club for National Learn to Row Day, Saturday, June 3, 2023

    Saturday, June 3, 2023, marks the annual celebration of National Learn to Row Day, a tradition organized by U.S. Rowing in an effort to introduce the sport of rowing to people of all ages and fitness levels. This year’s theme is “Opening the Boathouse Doors,” which encourages rowing clubs to focus on inclusivity and diversity.

    For rowing groups eager to host a Learn to Row event this year, U.S. Rowing has assembled resources for planning and advertising to your local community. It is also incorporating a few challenges and giveaways into the mix to motivate clubs and their members to get into the LTR spirit. Starting May 25, rowing groups can create National Learn to Row recruitment videos for the chance to win a brand-new set of Concept 2 Oars. Another sweepstakes invites people to share why they row on Instagram as an entry to win a brand-new Concept 2 RowErg machine. (Follow U.S. Rowing on Instagram for more details.)

    As a company founded by rowers for rowers, Rowing Pad is passionate about spreading the good word about our sport and its many benefits. Rowing connects you to nature and provides a full-body workout. Even if you don’t think you have access to a waterway for rowing nearby, you might be surprised to learn that a rowing club is operating somewhere not too far—many different types of rivers, lakes, bays, inlets, and more can be used for rowing. It’s an excellent activity for teens in search of a challenge and plenty of camaraderie. And of course, rowing is equally rewarding for adults of all ages—our community is incredibly welcoming!

    Rowing Pad’s home state of New Hampshire has a rich rowing heritage, with high-energy high school and collegiate programs and an abundance of scenic waterways. Many local clubs go to great lengths to connect with potential new participants in their communities and make rowing accessible for all. Check out our roundup of regional Learn to Row events taking place June 3, 2023. (Tell them your friends at Rowing Pad sent you!)

    Looking to row in another location? Use U.S. Rowing’s map (featured toward the bottom of the LTR site) to find a boat club near you and check out the offerings for new rowers. 

    Don’t miss this opportunity to try something new or to share your love for rowing with someone you think might enjoy it. Happy rowing to all for the 2023 Learn to Row. Always remember to grab your Rowing Pad boat or erg pad before setting off on your next rowing adventure.

    GREAT BAY ROWING CLUB (DOVER, NH)

    Join Great Bay Rowing Club at the Dover Boathouse on River Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 3. Along the banks of the Cocheco River, GBR coaches and athletes will provide tours of the docks and boathouse, teach the basics of the rowing stroke on the erg (rowing machine), and get willing participants out in a boat to test their new skills on the water. This wonderful non-profit local club offers everything from learn-to-row programs and sculling classes for juniors (grades 8 through 12) and adults to competitive racing for all ages and levels. It also has adaptive rowing equipment available. The positive energy at GBR will surely win you over—check out the Instagram account to catch up on the recent accomplishments of their members, including a program-best showing at the 2023 Northeast Youth Championships.

    AMOSKEAG ROWING CLUB (HOOKSETT, NH)

    Those along the more northern reaches of the Merrimack River have a great rowing resource in the Amoskeag Rowing Club, which operates out of its boathouse in Hooksett. From 9 to 11 a.m., you can stop by for an open house, tour of the facilities, and some instruction on rowing technique, then hop into a boat for a free on-water lesson. Who knows? You might want to sign up for one of the adult or junior learn-to-row sculling programs on the spot and find yourself participating in the annual Blue Heron Regatta come August.

    CONCORD CREW (CONCORD, NH)

    To celebrate Learn to Row 2023, this nonprofit, competitive regional rowing team based on the Merrimack will be holding an open house for middle and high school students as well as adults. Concord Crew, with its youth programming for boys and girls in grades 8 through 12, has a long tradition of teaching kids sweep oar and sculling technique. Now the club has added both adult recreational and competitive masters programs to its offerings! Stop by on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take a tour of the boathouse (located at 15 Loudon Road), talk to the coaches, try out the rowing machines, and even head out on the water with some of the club’s experienced rowers and coxswains to get a feel for the sport.

    SQUAM COMMUNITY ROWING (HOLDERNESS, NH)

    Squam Community Rowing makes it home base on Squam Lake, a smaller but equally scenic neighbor to Lake Winnipesaukee. This excellent local club was established in 2013 to bring together individuals with a passion for rowing, maintain lifelong fitness and protect the natural beauty and peaceful character of Squam Lake. On Saturday, June 3, Squam Community Rowing will open its doors to people of all ages interested in the sport. Meet the members and get familiar with the boats and rowing terminology. Attendees 18 years and up can test out an erg machine and hopefully even hop into a boat to explore Pipers Cove. Looking for a more in-depth introduction to rowing? Check out the club’s 2-session Learn to Row program for 2023, which kicks off the week of June 5. You can sign up during Saturday’s event. In an area defined by its serene bodies of water, the cost seems well worth it to explore a sport that allows you to enjoy them from a new perspective.

    UPPER VALLEY ROWING FOUNDATION (HANOVER, NH)

    Visiting the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation on June 3 is sure to give anyone interested in rowing a complete view into the fun and camaraderie that comes with belonging to a local boat club. For this active nonprofit rowing club, located about 2 miles north of Hanover, this Saturday marks the season kick-off, which involves Learn to Row programming. The full day of events kicks off at Kendal Riverfront Park at 7 a.m. with a race for U23 rowers, followed by a “Smackdown” that mixes masters and juniors rowers for some friendly competition. Next up is the christening of several new boats and a potluck brunch. From noon to 2 p.m. the official Learn to Row programming gets under way, with rowing basics, a coach’s meet-and-greet, and the opportunity to get out in the boats for a turn on the river. UVRF offers recreational sweep and scull classes for newbies through masters level as well as competitive juniors and masters programs, and a unique rowing program for cancer survivors called, CReW: Cancer Recovery through Rowing. Don’t miss this chance to explore the beautiful Connecticut River with an awesome community of rowers.