Basis of strength training in rowing

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Rowing is a good example of strength-endurance type of sport and strength training plays a critical role in most rowers’ training. Here is an overview of how rowers should approach strength training.

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  1. A Goossens


    I have a question about the last column in the table on the second slide:
    What do you mean by “Power per stroke”? I think it is (physics-wise) not correct, power is always ‘instantaneous’. Is it possible that it should be “Average power during stroke”?

    The above question aside: Can I compare these power outputs directly to power on a Concept2 rowing ergometer? If so, the minimum of 600W during race would result in an incredible 5:36 on a 2000m, 900W in 4:52.

  2. Jarek Mäestu


    Hi, thanks for commenting and pointing this out! As an answer to your first two questions, “power per stroke” is indeed the average power generated during the stroke. But notice that this is the power generated during the stroke, excluding recovery. Average power on the other side takes both stroke and recovery into account.

    During the ergometer, in general, there is no negative effect of the body mass movement. Therefore, even if there are similar power values on the boat and ergometer, they do not correspond equally to the speed of the boat.

    We have made some clarifications to the whitepaper a well!