This time of year, it is a pleasure to be off the erg and back on the water. Even bad weather doesn’t seem too bad compared to being indoors. The good news is that there’s a lot of emphasis on developing specific power through loaded rowing, either through the use of a bungee wrapped around … More Don’t Forget Your Squats !
It’s been a while since I tested for either my CrossFit Total or my Concept2 peak power, but the time has come to start getting on track with both of these. One of the key training goals for this season is to raise my peak power “ceiling,” thereby potentially allowing me to generate more power per … More Correlating CrossFit Total with Rowing Peak Power
Recently a reader asked me for an opinion on back squats vs. box squats for rowing training. At the time I was not familiar with box squats. On a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest I worked out at CrossFit Amped in Bellevue, and received some coaching on box squats. While I have only begun … More Response to Reader Question on Box Squats
It’s an early spring, which means I’ve been back on the water before St. Patrick’s Day for the first time since 2006. So the big question was “what did I learn this winter and how fit am I?” It’s an interesting question since I used the Concept2 much less than usual during the winter due … More Time for the Spring Shakedown Cruise
During November Crossfit Ignite has programmed a weekly set of strength and conditioning workouts to let people get comfortable with the movements and push themselves to improve week over week. One of the WODs is perhaps the best rowing-specific strength workout I’ve ever done: WOD: 4 super sets, with 1 min rest of Back Squat … More Possibly the best rowing strength development workout ever
So I had a weird experience today. Since mid-October when I did my last peak power test on the Concept 2 rowing machine, I rowed in the Head of the Charles regatta and then really dialed back my rowing time to do more running and strength/mobility conditioning at Crossfit Ignite. Today it was storming and … More Training less = big jump in Concept2 peak power?