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How to Use Our Non-Slip Boat Pad Collection
It’s been just more than a year since we launched our RowingPad product line featuring non-slip technology, and the response has been exceptional.
Available with the 10MM, 20MM, and now 30MM Boat Pad or as a peel-and-stick add-on to your current RowingPad boat pad, our Non-Slip Technology adds a textured layer to your pad base to help it grip the boat seat and stay put for the duration of your row. 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 or cold conditions.
How to Apply the Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On
If you row competitively or often in wet conditions, you may have tried numerous DIY methods to add some grip to your seat. But for our non-slip collection, the textured coating is applied directly to the pad—not the seat. This means your new rowing superpower (slip-resistance!) is as portable as your pad versus anchored to one boat.
Here’s what to expect based on which Non-Slip product you purchase from RowingPad. With the 10MM Boat Pad with Non-Slip, which features a single layer of our resilient firm polymer foam, the non-slip coating comes pre-applied to the pad. When your pad arrives, you will notice a thin (1/8″ thick) additional layer attached to the underside of your pad. This textured layer 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, the coating 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 coating to. For example, if you prefer a firm cushion, you will apply the add-on layer to the soft side of your pad.
The coating also currently ships separately with the 30MM Triple Decker Boat Pad with Non-Slip (our newest addition to the Non-Slip line), 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 Boat Pad Add-On ships as a 1/8″-thick single layer featuring the textured non-slip technology on one side. You can apply it to any RowingPad boat 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 RowingPad 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 coating 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 coating comes separately); and Non-Slip Boat Pad Add-On (apply to any RowingPad boat pad).
RowingPad Is Heading to the 2019 CRASH-B Sprints!
Every February rowers of all ages come together for a day dedicated to that beast of a training machine: the ergometer. The performances are often the stuff of legend, as new records are set and athletes push themselves to the limit! This year, the C.R.A.S.H.-B Indoor Rowing Championships will take place on Sunday, February 17, at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center.
We are excited to announce that, for 2019, RowingPad will be part of the action. Stop by our table during the event to check out our ErgPads and Boat Pads in person. It’s a great chance to test our 30mm Triple Decker ErgPad, which is truly one-of-a-kind in the rowing universe: It is the only pad in the world to combine three laminated layers of polymer foam, providing maximum comfort for those long-haul erg pieces. Our cheerful crew will be eager to swap rowing stories and help you determine which pad is the best fit for your needs. You can even score special discounts on our products. (Missing out this year? You can still get free shipping on all ErgPads through this Saturday, February 16, with the code “ERGFREE”.)
For those who don’t know the backstory of this beloved annual event, C.R.A.S.H.-B. stands for “Charles River All Star Has-Beens,” a group of 1976-1980 U.S. Olympic and World Team athletes who called the Charles River home and were always looking to inject a little fun into their sport. Following the 1980 U.S. boycott of the Olympics, the crew felt inspired to, as the group’s website explains, “break up the monotony of winter training” by forming a “fun little regatta of about twenty rowers in Harvard’s Newell Boathouse” all based around the ergometer.
Today the “fun little regatta” draws thousands of athletes to go all-out for 2,000 meters on Concept2’s Model D ergometer. Despite the emergence of other major indoor sprint competitions across the country, the C.R.A.S.H.-B.s remain a rowing institution. Catch up on all the remarkable performances and displays of passion from the 2018 installment with Row2k’s excellent coverage.
Why You Should Be Using an ErgPad
A seat pad can do incredible things for your erg performance. First and foremost, it provides incredible comfort, especially during a long workout. RowingPad’s ErgPads come as either solid cushions or with cut-outs for the sitz bones and are engineered to provide a buffer between your body and the hard seat. The bottom line? You will find yourself enjoying your time on the erg more. Many rowers have also reported a reduction in back pain and relief from sciatica when using one of our pads.
Beyond comfort, a seat pad is an excellent tool for adjusting your form and boosting your capability beyond what’s possible with your own body’s individual geometry, particularly as rowers age and their bodies change.
As legendary rowing coach and former C.R.A.S.H.-B. participant Larry Gluckman says, “Recently, I noticed that my range of motion on the ergometer (seat-to-heel compression and effective body angle) was less than it had been in recent months. Understanding the value of the hip/heel height in achieving proper body position at the front end (entry), I began to experiment with trying different pad thicknesses, since my heels were in the lowest setting. The 30mm ErgPad™ from RowingPad™ helped me restore that range of motion. Plus, it provided an increase in the seat-to-shoulder height, giving a longer upper body lever arm.”
Try out one of our ErgPads to adjust your body position and potentially boost your rowing power. Not sure which pad is for you? Stop by our table at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints this Sunday and we’ll help you identify the best pad for your needs. (Not attending this year? Send us a message via our Facebook page instead.) And remember: Enjoy free shipping on all ErgPad orders with the code “ERGFREE” through February 16.
We can’t wait to catch all the action in person this year. Best of luck to all the energetic C.R.A.S.H.-B. sprinters!
A Q&A with Bryan Fuller, Founder of Brookline’s Power Rowing Studio
We have no shortage of gorgeous waterways in New England for outdoor rowing. But when it comes to indoor rowing options, the boutique studios (like our friends at EngineRm in New York City) that have hit major cities around the country seem slow to find their way to our neck of the woods.
That’s why we at RowingPad are thrilled about the arrival of Power Rowing to the indoor rowing scene. The Brookline, Massachusetts, studio opened in August 2017, offering low-impact, high-intensity classes taught exclusively by veteran rowing coaches and longtime rowers. The sleek, airy space features Concept2 machines framed by exposed-brick walls and plenty of windows.
Rowing Changes Lives
Founded by Bryan Fuller, a former Army veteran with a lifelong passion for fitness and a very interesting title under his belt (fastest American to row across the Atlantic!), Power Rowing embraces the transformative power of rowing, and working out in general, with a focus on becoming sustainably fit for life. This approach manifests itself through the full range of classes on offer, each designed to help participants build their strength and endurance and improve their form.
And there’s one more exceptional rowing tool you’ll find at Power Rowing: RowingPad’s 30MM Triple Decker ERG Pads, which the studio offers for sale.
Everything You Need to Know About Power Rowing
We checked in with Bryan for the scoop on his indoor rowing studio and all it has to offer the rowing community.
Q: What sort of people frequent the studio—rowing newbies, fitness buffs, seasoned on-water rowers?
“We really have a mixed group of people that visit the studio. Some are as young as 9 and others as old as 74, sometimes sitting in the same class. The vast majority of our clients have never rowed on the water, and only a handful have ever used a rowing machine. A good number of our clients are attracted by the low impact or the challenge of rowing as they are recovering from an injury related to training for another sport.”
Q: What class would you recommend for experienced on-water rowers?
“I usually tell people to try our entry-level row first. It is a slow build with a lot of time spent on form. That is something we emphasize a lot here. Good form helps prevent injury, and it also maximizes one use of muscles.”
Q: Tell us more about your instructors—their rowing knowledge must be an integral part of the workout experience.
“All of our classes are taught by rowing coaches or longtime rowers, and in addition, the rowing machine is only for rowing [versus as an interval within a longer cardio or toning class]. Our instructors’ backgrounds vary from one who spent four years as a Yale rower to one who is the current coach of the Northeastern heavyweight men’s crew to one who is training for the Olympics. All of them have competed in rowing and have been rowing for several years—in fact, many are still competing.”
Q: In your experience, how can a rowing cushion help a rower?
“Rowing can cause a lot of discomfort on the sitz bones. Rowing is an excellent exercise for all ages, but some body types have less cushioning in the glutes and can develop some irritation. Also, if you want to row long distances such as a marathon row (which we offer twice a year), then a great cushion is a must.”
Q: And, really, we must know…what do you like about RowingPad’s erg pads?
“I decided to sell RowingPads based on my own experience rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. When you spend a lot of time rowing, you want to be as comfortable as possible. Having discomfort while working out can take a lot away from the experience and turn people off. Plus, we have a lot of regulars that come so consistently that the extra padding makes their experience so much better.”
Q: How about you? Do you personally use a rowing pad when you row?
“Oh, yeah. If I am going on a significant row, I definitely bring a pad.”
Q: Does the studio have any upcoming events we should put on our calendars?
“Yes! We are doing a charity fundraiser for the month of October to raise money for Respond Inc., Boston’s first crisis center. Teams of two will compete to see who can row the most meters in 31 days. We will have a big party and announce the winners on November 3. We will have a giant check, too.”
Stop by Power Rowing, located at 62 Harvard Street, Unit B, in Brookline Village, to experience its excellent indoor rowing classes firsthand. And if you, like us, want to hear more about Bryan Fuller’s experience rowing across the Atlantic, keep your eyes peeled for his upcoming book, “Rowing the Atlantic Ocean, a Love Story.”