LT 101 | Jim Joy – Finding Flow in Rowing

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My guest for this episode of the LEO Training Podcast is Jim Joy.

Jim Joy has coached at the University of Western Ontario, M.I.T, Yale University and Wesleyan University, and Hobart and William Smith. Jim also helped start Craftsbury Sculling Camp, the first rowing camp of its kind in North America.

Jim founded and has run the Joy of Sculling coaching conferences, for more than 25 years. This conference has drawn more than 5,000 coaches from youth programs, clubs, schools, colleges and national teams across the country and is focused on education and athletic development in rowing.

Jim is well known for his holistic and technical approach to a cyclical non-fragmented rowing stroke, where there is a strong bond between body, shell and water, creating a state of flow within an integrated whole.

It is this approach to the rowing stroke where our interview will focus its attention toward.

Here are 3 things you will learn:

  • What are the primers for visualization?
  • Why a complete training program should include time for mental training
  • Jim will provide some tools on how you can find flow during your own rowing


  • Jim’s roots in rowing and how he got started
  • Bob Fitzpatrick, Bob Pierce, and Steve Fairbairn
  • Focus on precision of movement and skill development
  • The primers of visualization
  • Different types of simulation exercises
  • and much more!

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