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  1. “All of my best performances were pulled out of me by excellent coxing.” Our guest brings a perspective as a coach, Olympic-level rower, and occasional cox. Why does Abby coach coxswains? She values what they can bring to the boat. She also shared what she appreciates in a coxswain, from her perspective as a rower. We’ve been honored to benefit from Abby’s coaching and mentorship. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
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    013 | Landing

    The first rule of landing: respect mass. Docking is a fear-inducing process for many coxswains, including us! As Chuck Yeager (renowned pilot) said: “If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.” We share information about the many details that can affect how we land: wind, current, rowers, etc. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  3. Pro tip: If you see ducks walking where you want to land...remember they have short legs. No dock? No problem! In this episode we discuss the unique considerations that apply when launching and landing without a dock. While beach/wet launching can present challenges, it also comes with benefits. We hope you’ll find this episode particularly beneficial if wet launching isn’t your typical experience. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
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    011 | Launching

    There's more to it than you think. Everyone talks about landing/docking, but coxswains rarely get guidance on launching. We discuss how to safely get a boat from the rack to the dock, including: how to deal with rowers of varying heights and physical abilities, where should you be positioned as a coxswain during the launching process, what to do at venues with very long walks to the launching area, and how to do a standing shove!
  5. Either you run the practice, or the practice runs you. We walk through a water practice from start to finish, drawing back the sometimes-opaque curtain and discussing how even a perceived simple act like “get to the dock” is more nuanced and complex than people appreciate. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  6. Mind AND matter: coxswains are athletes too. When you look at a rowing shell, coxswains appear to be sitting motionless, not contributing to the movement of the boat. But anyone who’s been in the seat knows that what we do is physically demanding as well. In this episode, we hear the perspective of a physical therapist (who is also a rower and coach) on the athletic aspects of the coxswain seat. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  7. It’s way more than the screech from bad wiring. The common perception is that coxswains give feedback, but the other side of that coin is just as important. Coxswains aren’t only sources of output. To excel, we have to be receptive to input. In this episode, we talk about how to receive and integrate feedback from coaches, rowers, and race officials. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  8. How do you make your words count? How can we wield our words most effectively? Like James Bond (the original 007), a laconic man known for pithy phrases, a great coxswain can learn to use words like Q’s sophisticated gadgets. We also talk about how you can leverage your feedback to support the team’s goals. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  9. A different kind of animal. If your first instinct upon hearing that you’re going to be coxing a bowloader is “#?@$!,” this episode is here to help. We talk about what makes communication in this boat type different from in a stern-loaded boat, and discuss how to develop the almighty “boat feel.” Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  10. A renowned coxswain advocate joins us. The prolific author of the “Ready all, row” blog joins us for a conversation about how coxswains can improve their skills, why coaches should coach their coxswains, and other topics relevant to the “oar-less” rower. We’re grateful that a visionary colleague in the coxswain content world is our first guest. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  11. Into the Belly of the Beast We’ve fondly dubbed this episode “Into the Belly of the Beast”—listen in to find out why! We delve into the intricacies of a boat class that is ubiquitous in the sport but not often discussed or understood by the larger rowing community. Fear not! Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  12. Learn about your personality type and why it matters. It’s time to delve into the nooks and crannies of our personalities. We all have strengths, weaknesses, and personality styles that deeply affect how we interact with the world. This includes our roles as coxswains. We’re NOT all the same, and many of us don’t fit the stereotypical cox description. Take your own personality test and think about how you can use this information to be more effective as a coxswain. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
  13. What’s a coxswain to do during a pandemic? It’s 2020 and the world is coping with COVID-19. The pandemic has shut down most sweep programs. Let’s talk about some concrete ideas designed to help us get through this time and improve ourselves even when we can’t be in the seat. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media. CoxPod 002 | The Elephant in the Room Show Notes It’s 2020 and the world is coping with COVID-19. The pandemic has shut down most sweep programs. Let’s talk about some concrete ideas designed to he
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    001 | Meet the Hosts

    Who are the hosts of this new podcast? Meet Sally, Breana, and Anne, the co-hosts of CoxPod. In this episode we'll introduce ourselves, tell you about how we got started in coxing, and give you a sense of what you can expect from future CoxPod content. We're delighted to have you here! Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media. CoxPod 001 | Meet the Hosts Show Notes Meet Sally, Breana, and Anne, the co-hosts of CoxPod. In this episode we'll introduce ourselves, tell you about how we got started in coxing, and gi
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    CoxPod

    A podcast for coxswains, about coxswains, and by coxswains. We're 3 coxswains with over 50 years of experience in the seat. Our diverse experiences in the sport of rowing have landed us on the medal stand, had us limping across the finish line in last place, and everything in between. Via this podcast, we strive to share information that will be beneficial to coxswains at all levels, as well as to coaches and rowers who interact with coxswains. Connect with us on our website at https://www.CoxPod.com, on our Slack channel, or on social media.
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