Originally Posted by LM16
So far it has really paid off with the kids I coach - looking to eventually write a book that I'm hoping will re-define how the US looks at training national caliber rowers if my test results continue to stay the course. Most rowing coaches have a mentality of "weights don't float so therefore we don't use" and the strength and conditioning scene in the sport is extremely behind the times. But I digress. Keep it up and best of luck at your meet!
Training general aerobic capacity isn't useful for a maximal aerobic power sport? Doing excessive technical work in one of the latest entry sports is pointless?
At both my clubs we share some facilities with the rowers and while the U23 guys and girls train better than the university crews, its still way less weights than anyone else would rationally use for a sport which involves pulling two heavy oars through the water. Meanwhile, all the flatwater kids are being assigned chins by the thousand (like, 12x12 is a U16 workout really, sorry fuji), have an unhealthy obsession with bench press (which is changing to be more balanced) and do less 2 hour steady workouts, more miles, 1km and 2km workouts in a week in the winter than rowers ever do in a month and then switch to rowing in university and get in on the 8+s as first years.
Sorry. Rowing needs help, and its good that you're doing it. Just frustrating to see them train like garbage while we train well and people ask if we row.
I realize this is a very :foo:y rant