It’s been a really long time since we have written a blog post. We have been super busy recently and have some really exciting things to share with you all soon so keep an eye out for our future blog posts. Looking forward to seeing more of you all out on the water enjoying your Ave boats now restrictions have been lifted slightly. We have loved seeing your photos so please continue to share them with us ♥️
We recently caught up with Melissa Stockton, who has been flying with us for nearly 18 months. She began rowing in 2008 and is currently based at Reading Rowing Club, UK.
Melissa’s favourite feature of her Ave, is the colour scheme that she custom designed herself. It is black in colour with bright yellow stripe down the hull (pictured below). She enjoys how smoothly it runs through the water and how rowing in it has improved her technical ability.
Melissa’s greatest achievement in her Ave is racing at Henley Women’s Regatta! We look forward to seeing you again there soon!
This month we have been looking into how to get the most out of your performance, and a common theme that comes up is PREHAB. How to prevent getting injuries and having time off training. We’ve been in touch with a midlands based Pilates and therapy centre to investigate further.
Nikki Howes is qualified as Level 3 mat Pilates instructor and has been teaching Pilates for the past 3 years. She is also qualified in Level 4 Exercise for Back Pain Rehabilitation and Exercise for Cancer Rehabilitation as well as Exercise Referral Qualified.
We asked Nikki what her top tips would be for starting Pilates as a rower……..
Pilates can be delivered in the form of either mat Pilates or equipment (Reformer) Pilates. You should take time to research the type of session that you feel you would enjoy, as well as which would benefit your training. For example, time and budget may leave you only available to attend a group mat or equipment class; or you may feel you would prefer to work on an individual basis with an instructor on a One to One basis to be able to really focus on your performance goals. Many Reformer sessions are delivered as a one to one session and some mat classes will request that you attend a one to one session prior to the group class to enable the instructor to deliver a posture assessment and to help you learnh the basics of Pilates before the class. Individual and Reformer sessions will be more expensive than a group class as you will be receiving specific instruction individual to you. When looking for a Pilates class or Instructor make sure that they hold a relevant Pilates qualification such as a Level 3 Mat Pilates Qualification or Reformer Pilates Qualification and always make sure that they hold insurance. If the Instructor is advertising as a specialist in a certain area, ask them about their qualifications or what experience they have to support this.
Key benefits of a Pilates workout include
Better mobilisation and stabilisation of muscles and joints throughout the body and highlighting and imbalances or weak areas.
Improves posture stabilises joints and develops stronger core muscles which better support the spine and help create a stable base to work from when rowing, thus supporting the rowing posture and giving better mobility and stabilisation of limbs thus improving rowing power.
Nikki’s top 3 stretches for a rowing athlete are
A Hamstring Stretch is important to stretch out the back of the legs. Using a resistance band loop it over the ball of one foot and lay flat on the floor. Fasten both elbows to the ground and dorsi flex the foot and raise your leg to your highest point until you feel the stretch through the back of the leg. You could even add in hip circles at the highest point of the move to mobilise the hip joint.
Upper back mobilisation with a chest stretch – side lying in a clam position with arms level with shoulders pointing to the same side reach the top arm back across the body and allow the head to follow the line of the arm. You should now be lying with both arms outstretched with knees to one side and head in the direction of the top arm. You should feel the stretch through the chest as you mobilise the back.
Hip Flexor Stretch. Lay on your side with legs together, take the top leg back behind the body until you feel a stretch just in front of your hip bone. If this pulls on the lower back tilt the pelvis forward slightly. Raise your top arm over your head and pull the belly button towards the spine. Take three deep breaths and slowly roll onto the other side to repeat.
Nikki and her team work with a varied client base of people of all ages and fitness levels as well as athletes such as rowers, World Class Equestrian Riders and Ballet Dancers use their services at the centre. They deliver mat Pilates and Yoga classes as well as Reformer Pilates and Physiotherapy and Sports Therapies, so if you’ re a midlands based rower, we would highly recommend you check out Lutterworth Pilates and Therapy centre in Leicestershire.
We just wanted to give you all an update on how Ave is getting on. We have just received our November orders and couldn’t be happier. We have available stock of singles and double/pairs ready to go to their new homes! We couldn’t be happier with the amazing feedback from our Ave athletes and all our new orders being processed! 2019 will bring a summer of regatta seasons packed with athletes flying with Ave!
Pictured above is Ave representative Sophie’s new custom designed boat and the inside view of our fantastic double/pair convertible. For any new boat enquiry please get in touch!
On another note, we want to make sure we are supporting all our current and potential athletes, so over the coming months we will have feature blogs to help with training and development for you! We also welcome feedback from any topic you would like covering!
Simao is the current Portuguese National Champion, and guess what, he rows in an Ave!
He started rowing in 2012, he rows for Clube Naval Setubalense in Portugal. Simao individually designed his boat to represent his club colours, a black hull and a white and red stripe in the canvas and the club logo. Simao’s favourite aspect of the boat was its ‘flow and buoyancy’. He also reported that rigging the boat was also easier due to the design of the reverse wing rigger. Future objectives are to remain on the national team and become a professional rower.
The summer seems so long ago now, as many of our athletes are back training focusing on the 2018/19 season.
The Ave rowing summer season went fantastically, with single scullers representing throughout Europe in club and national level regattas. Here in in the UK, we finished the season securing a Gold at Home International Regatta, Cork, in the W2x with Sophie Connolly (stroke) and Annie Campbell-Orde (bow) dominating the race and winning by 2 lengths.
The Ave UK representatives also took on the challenge of the mixed double sculls 500m sprint at Peterborough Summer Regatta, securing a win in a competitive field.
This year we were fortunate enough to have 2 crews racing our boats. Firstly we had Anna Shreeves, who entered lightweight aspirational singles, competing under St Neots RC. After a strong qualification results (8th fastest qualifier), she sailed through her first heat and then finished as a quarterfinalist, after racing an experienced sculler who made the final last year. Well done Anna! Anna rows in our S model for 55-65kg.
Our second crew racing was Annie Campbell-Orde and our own Ave representative Sophie Connolly, racing in championship double sculls. Racing started on Saturday, as they had a bye through to the quarter-finals where they faced Cambridge University. They took a confident lead from the start and dominated the race, finishing with a 4 length lead on their opposition. For their semi final, they had a tough fight throughout the whole race against Leander, just missing out on a place in the final. For both crew members, this was only their third time at WHR, so we are very pleased for them and wish them luck for this week as they go to Henley Royal Qualifiers on Friday.
The double they are racing is our L model suitable for 75-85kg.
Our current stock list available now is S1X, L1X, XL1X and L2X, or an estimated 12 weeks from our factory. Please get in touch if you want to trial any of our boats.
We would like to introduce you to Ave rowing! Ave rowing is a Portuguese brand, making competitive rowing and costal boats. We are well established throughout Europe including Portugal, Spain, France and now the UK and Ireland. We have many boats now throughout the UK, so we have set a blog up to keep readers up to date on our athletes, results and exciting projects!
We thank you for taking the time to read our blog and watch out for future up and coming blog posts including features on rowing nutrition, training advice, athlete interviews.