First off I'd like to say thanks to Alex Forte for his reply to my previous post, which I've decided to copy below because not everyone views this on Facebook, and I think it's definitely worth reading:
"Matty Matt! I think that trap-bar deadlifting would probably be a nice compromise because of the grip variation (which increases its difference from rowing technique) and the impossibility of using the back early in the movement (which might actually be more bio-mechanically similar to rowing). Best, Alex"
Alex was one of my old training partners at Oxford, and knew more than most people I've met about training. I think the most important point about this, and something I definitely should have thought of myself, is not trying to reconcile the conflicting movement patterns of rowing and the deadlift, but actually changing the deadlift subtly (with the different hand position) which may be enough to distinguish the movement patterns without losing any of the training effect. I do think this is probably enough of a change to prevent the two movements from overlapping. If not entirely, I definitely think it will be an improvement. I'm very grateful to Alex for his reply and we'll definitely be doing trap bar deadlifts as part of the training once the trial process starts in September.
Building the Efficient Athlete
The main purpose of this post is to talk about the new DVD sets that I've been watching, Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson?s 'Building the Efficient Athlete'. I've only watched the first two DVDs (out of 8!). Unsurprisingly, it's brilliant. I started watching in my chair but (genuinely) ended up about 2 feet away from the TV with my laptop out taking notes, pausing and rewinding to make sure I didn't miss anything.
I think it would be unfair to give all the details of the DVD on here, and to be honest if I did I?d be typing for days anyway. Again, this is something I would recommend to anyone interested in improving their own training or coaching of others. So far it has been pretty much all functional anatomy, which I really don?t know enough about and I need to read up on. The main focus of the seminar seems to be assessment and correction, but there may be much more to it and I will post more when I've watched the rest.
It's already given me a couple of ideas though, and has particularly made me realise the importance of glute training in the girls both to increase their power in the boat and to avoid injury. Since they're all students they spend most of their days sitting down behind desks, and unlike most athletes their sport also leaves them in the seated position, so even there they don?t really get to activate their glutes. All the injuries that I've heard about have been back injuries, and I wouldn't be surprised if this was a big part of it.
Anyway, I'm going to go and watch some more of this, and then possibly go over Stuart McGill's stuff again. At some point I should probably do some work on my PhD too.