I finally got my copy of Power, Speed, Endurance by Brian MacKenzie of CrossFit Endurance. I have to admit, I didn’t know what to expect – maybe 100 pages filled with controversial ideas. What I got was: A beautiful, thick, large-format book packed with hundreds of slow-motion stills of every CrossFit exercise as well as … More BMack vs. Bompa–First Thoughts on Power, Speed, Endurance
During the early fall, there is an opportunity to reduce the focus on sport-specific training for rowing and work on cross-training and rebuilding parts of the body that have suffered over the high-intensity summer racing season. For CrossFitters and rowers alike, there is also an opportunity to do some injury-proofing before changing over to indoor … More Core Stability for Indoor and Outdoor Rowing
Winter is winding down, CRASH-Bs are over, and the docks are going in soon in the East. While for many this means that the CrossFit Open is starting and they are looking forward to the CrossFit Games, for me it means that it’s time to become a cherry-picker. Say what? What I mean is that … More Transition Time–General CrossFit to Rowing-Specific Power
Last week I did an extensive post on the importance of precision in maintaining maximal intensity during short interval workouts on the Concept2. I was pleased to see that I am not, in fact, a total nutter, because Bob Kaehler posted on a similar topic this week in his Coach Kaehler column on row2k. Although … More Coach Kaehler on Consistent Intensity
Coming off of Fight Gone Bad and a bunch of snatches and overhead squats, I was feeling pretty cooked today, however I was excited by the CrossFit Endurance short intervals WOD of 10 x 30 seconds at max effort with 2 minutes rest, coming into each piece at full speed. This translates nicely into 20-stroke … More Precision is the key to determining your true max effort on the Concept2
After a great power clean and jerk workout last Monday, I had the terrible experience of having a family member unexpectedly have to go into the hospital for the rest of the week. Now that the situation is resolved, I can reflect on the net effect of a week completely off from training of any … More The effects of a cold-turkey week off
I recently saw a great article in Competitor Running about flipping your mental switch from planning your training cycle to planning your recovery cycle. I confess – guilty as charged, as are, I suspect, many people in competitive sports. When you see the total training hours per year for world-class rowers starting to exceed 1000, … More Competitive people often forget how to recover….