Row, row, row your ass off? We’re taking our well known rowing warm up to the next level with a fun 3 week challenge. Starting Monday, January 28th through Sunday, February 17th get ready to add some accessory time to your workouts with a max meters rowing challenge. See how far you can go in three weeks and check back here for leaderboard updates! Make use of open gym hours Monday-Friday: 5:30am-8:30am, 4:00pm-7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am-12:00pm to get those meters logged. Post your running total to Wodify to keep track. Participants are limited to 2500m per day.

We encourage you to spend this time to work on your rowing technique as well. Ever seen our member Ben get excited whenever we program rowing? There’s a reason why. Ben spent two years on the UCSD rowing team! Here are a few of his expert tips to think about and practice over the next few weeks:

  • Leverage one's weight during the drive. This is probably the most important part of rowing. It was not addressed in the video. It is hard to teach outside of a boat. You could draw similarities to thinking about driving one's legs through the ground when dead lifting.

  • Legs, then body, then arms from the catch to the finish.

  • Arms, then body, then legs from the finish to the catch.

  • The hands travel in a straight slightly angled line from the catch the chest and back again. Not a circle. A straight line. In the video, the rower drops her hands slightly at the finish and raises them slightly at the catch. The rower has likely spent time rowing in actual boats and this is a necessary motion to move the oar blade in and out of the water. This circular motion of the hands is unnecessary on an ergometer and may cause the rower to lose power during the initial drive at the catch. This motion in the video is subtle and may not be noticed by viewers of the video.