Top crews use rowing ergometers, they’re a “dyno” for your body. A great piece of equipment, but, how’s your technique? A lot of people you see in the gym or boathouse have poor technique and risk injury at worst and simply go slow and waste effort at best. Just because there’s a sliding seat doesn’t mean it’s only for sliding seat crews!
Just make sure you don’t look like this guy – we’ve all seen someone doing similar!