Relax on the recovery.
Credit: Photograph by John Loomis

As in many sports, staying relaxed is key, particularly in the recovery. "Relax everything – your face, your shoulders, your neck – the key is to conserve your energy during the recovery and keep everything focused and composed," explains David Banks (bow seat), a former high school track and basketball player before he started rowing at Stanford, "then push one-hundred percent when you take the stroke again."