Rowingcrazy was founded by Petra Amara due to her love of rowing and fitness. Our goal as a team of rowing and fitness experts is to help you easily navigate your fitness journey. We offer expert advice on all things rowing. Whether it be home rowing machines, workout tips, nutrition, we have got you covered!
We live, eat and breathe rowing – why wouldn’t you, it is so enjoyable! We hope with time you too will have the passion for rowing like we and many others have discovered.
CEO & Founder of RowingCrazy.com, Former National Rower, Coxswain Womens Eight Team, Rowing Coach & Writer
Hi there! Let me introduce myself. My name is Petra Amara, the proud owner of RowingCrazy.com
I have been rowing (both competitively and at home) nearly my whole life. I was attracted to the water at a young age and I was lucky enough to get enrolled in some classes at my local rowing club.
My parents introduced me to competitive rowing in my early teens which led me to be talent-scouted by a former National Rower during my senior year in high school.
I later met my now husband (at a collegiate camp) where I was training to become a coxswain for the women’s eight team at my college.
In my lifetime I have been really blessed to have had some terrific coaches. They taught me that to become a great rower and coxswain I needed to master my dedication, commands and organization. I believe these skills have been the main foundation that has helped me better myself with anything I approach in life!
I gave up competitive rowing to assist with coaching my husband in the men’s eight crew as he progressed further in this sport. I’m now the mother of two and I still row nearly every single day on my indoor rowing machine. Although I did not make the US Olympic Rowing Team or reach my dream of becoming an Olympian rower, rowing is still my passion and I love writing about all things rowing.
I am a former member of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) and while I am no longer a member, I still follow most NCAA recruiting rules.
Whilst I have been lucky enough to have lots of great coaches, I realize that not everyone has been so fortunate. My mission is to help others fall in love with all the benefits that rowing has to offer. If you love rowing, if you are new to rowing, if you’ve been rowing for years, or even if you’ve never tried a rowing machine but you are interested, then this is the website is for you!
Meet Our Expert Team
Experienced Heavy Weight Rower, Rowing Instructor & Coach, Novice Men’s Rowing Captain, British Concept 2 Record Holder & Rowing YouTube Influencer
Max is a rower at Vesta Rowing Club based in London, UK.
He started rowing at the University of Sheffield where he went through the club’s Novice programme, being a part of a very successful novice team.
After his novice year, Max moved into the senior squad where he was responsible for founding a ‘RowFit’ fitness class, this class was open to all students at the University of Sheffield and had the aim of allowing rowing to become accessible to a larger audience, the classes contained a mixture of technique tutoring, HIIT workouts, and some friendly competitions.
Max became Novice Men’s Captain in his final year of university, teaching 20 freshers how to row and ultimately taking them to competitions.
More recently, Max has started a YouTube channel where he vlogs about his rowing training and experiences, including his journey to competing at Henley Royal Regatta in 2021.
Experienced Rower, Owner of FasterMastersRowing.com & Faster Masters Podcast, Olympic Rowing Commentator & Expert Masters Rowing Coach
Rebecca Caroe is a masters rower and a rowing coach. She is a rowing entrepreneur having founded Rowperfect UK and the RowingChat podcast network.
She learnt to row at Pembroke College Boat Club, Cambridge where she met a coxswain who said “You’re tall – you should try rowing“. And Rebecca has been enjoying rowing ever since.
Rebecca has coached athletes from age 10 to over 70 years old and enjoys helping masters rowers understand how a boat moves and ways to make it go faster.
BBC News invited Rebecca into their studio as the “Studio Expert” during the London Olympic Games to commentate. She lends her commentary services to local regattas in New Zealand and is part of the Henley Royal Regatta YouTube commentary team.
She rows at North Shore Rowing Club in Auckland, New Zealand where she practices with a growing group of masters rowers – they love having guests so please visit if you are in town
Certified Indoor Rowing & Erg Instructor (UCanRow2), Experienced Indoor & On The Water Rower & Licensed Physical Therapist
Laura is a Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor through UCanRow2. She has years of rowing experience both indoor and on the water.
Laura is excited to join the RowingCrazy Team to share her knowledge with the indoor rowing community, encourage safe/correct rowing technique, and help others get the most out of their rowing workouts.
Laura is a licensed Physical Therapist with concentration in Orthopedics and Vestibular Rehab.
She is a Mom of 2, who loves rowing, weight training, HIIT workouts, hiking, Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and camping.
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What We Do:
We do the hard work for you!
We carry out the research, we gather information on anything about rowing, training, nutrition, health and present it to you in a manner and language that is easy to understand.
Our work involves researching and scavenging the market for the latest in the world of rowing; we test them, rate them and present all the information to you in form of detailed but simple guides that you can read at a glance.
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All General Inquiries
Don’t hesitate to contact me, I would love to hear from you: [email protected]
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