While I was traveling recently, I tried the Invictus Rowing Club WOD. This is Shane Farmer’s creation – the same driving force behind CrossFit Rowing. This was a late night WOD done around 10 PM after a brutal day, so my splits were not what I would normally expect, but at least I got it done. This is a good one that I would like to re-try when I’m more rested. You can program this using the “Intervals –> Variable” function on the Concept2.
Here’s a great video of CrossFit Rowing coach Shane Farmer snatching 235 pounds at the SoCal Regionals for the CrossFit Games. He is in the green shirt at timestamp 0:40, right after the poor guy with the epic fail. Great movement, great technique. Not sure many rowers have this kind of strength and mobility outside of the horizontal plane.
This is why I am passionate about CrossFit in addition to rowing – as I get older the scope of what more I can achieve in rowing gets narrower, and I continue to train towards those goals, but CrossFit keeps me fresh and feeling like a novice I other areas, which keeps it interesting. Here’s a rower who can snatch 100 lbs. more than me with beautiful technique – clearly I have a lot of room for learning and improvement there even as the hair gets grayer.
Congrats Shane and well done!
If you haven’t already, check out the CrossFit Rowing Facebook page. My understanding is that while this is pretty new, it is/will be the official HQ-sanctioned build-out of rowing as a CrossFit discipline, and will be administered by Concept2.
There are some cool giveaways going on and the chance to vote on some goofy pictures, so check it out!
In case anyone noticed, there are also a couple pictures of a nifty SUP adapter for the Concept2 rower – I’ve got to get my hands on one of those!