So Brandon does show that left to their own devices, an athlete is just as capable of developing a major technical flaw on the RP3 as any other ergo. This acceleration into the catch is prominent in many videos of many people on RP3's.
To answer my own question......
This last 3rd acceleration is a classic error of rowing and is caused by two things usually.
1. An inability to balance the boat over the feet and out to the catch hence a desire to get out and place quickly for a security sense.
2. A lack of flexibility. Ask these people to row the first quarter exercise or to sit paused at 3/4 slide and then move to the full length position and they cant. With momentum they can but from a stationary position they cant and that is flexibility in hip flexors and ankles etc. The reaction therefore is to charge the last third to create the energy to effectively force the legs to compress. The C2 does disguise this problem in normal rowing because it is stationary and the body has kinetic energy on the roll but simply by asking the athlete to do a first 1/4 drill (which they cant fully compress on) highlights the issue.
The alternative to rushing this last third to compress is sitting very upright and reducing body swing over. You also see this a lot on RP3 videos (and in the boat).
Nothing else you speak of is unique to the RP3. They are the fundementals of rowing and have been taught for years. Yes you produced an excellent athlete with strong technique and understanding of the basics in Ursula but Brandon demonstrates that the RP3 is not infallible. His rhythm would be very uncomfortable to row with and slow in boat terms and furthermore he pivots onto the catch with body swing, which is established as a no 1 way to get a lower spinal injury either in the boat or out.
The point is
carlos dinares wrote:) Prepare your body parts early on the recovery to don't upset the boat at the catch. Row horizontal and produce good leverage with your body weight from catch to release.
2) Posture and real length of stroke.
3) Always pushing the curve out to be always fully connected and always producing acceleration.
4) Good timing at the catch and release to change direction minimizing the negative forces to the boat. On the rowperfect those negative forces will make you work extra on the recovery and your score will deteriorate because of this extra energy used when you need to rest.
All of the things you speak of above are achievable with coaching on any ergo or on the water. I think the key component you are missing in the RP3 sell is ...........You. (Yes thats a compliement) I think you use the RP3 to coach you ideas but effectively without your imput the RP3 is no more the "Game changing" item.
As regards your catch? well to be frank I think the rush and place quickly creates a feeling of speed and connectivity but is not really where one should go. Less accomplished scullers (not you) do this to create comfort over the feet where the boat is easier to balance. The last 3rd of the roll, squared up, blades off, controlled and placing as the wheels stop is the real skill. If I may be so bold, as a critique of your stroke, you have a wonderful open finish position but I feel you approach the catch with bent arms and you do reach at the last second with a very rounded back and closed chest. Again there is acceleration.
I will concede it is possible to row one rhythm low rate and another higher, as the Romanian women used to do an acclerated approach to the catch in training low rate high power but actually row with a more constant slide pace at speed.
Your comment regarding the RP3 confuses me. My Olympic double sat on a Rowperfect right back in 99 in Vesta boat club in London and took some tips from Harry Mahon. My gym had one next to the C2's in 2001-2002. Have you been developing it that long? Because it looked pretty similar.
Here is what I don't get about you Carlos. You bring a huge amount to the table from a coaching perspective. For most of the year the 2x looked good, Ursula is brilliant and you contributed much/most to that. Technically you can outcoach 95% of people. Why did you create such a train wreck of the program last year? It was almost like you had a desire to self destruct.