Let’s face it, we all have days where we have to drag ourselves through a workout. Training for rowers is no different than training for runners or cyclists or any other sport. Sometimes you just need to find ways to make the meters tick off faster.
– Count strokes to get through the tough periods of the workout (from @thepeteplan on Twitter)
– On a long row, do every third 500 meters faster to break things up (from @jasonhewitt2 on Twitter)
– If the thought of rowing 10k in one shot overwhelms you, break it into smaller pieces and add in off-erg work in between. Our Workouts page has lots of ways to do that.
– Take your mind off the monitor and focus on your indoor rowing technique – back straight, swinging from 11:00-1:00, chest up coming into the catch, one count on the drive, two on the recovery, etc. Need a refresher on rowing technique tips? Try this video from Concept2 UK.
– Up the intensity – Working harder makes the meters tick by faster and can stop you from focusing on them so much
– Have a split range you’re going to keep through the workout and do whatever it takes to hold it (increase or decrease your intensity, stroke rating etc.)
– Use the pace boat on the Performance Monitor to help you hold your split. Set it on the pace you don’t want to go under. Beat that little guy!
– Play a numbers game – work towards “fun” meter numbers like 4444, 5678, 12345, etc.
Ok maybe we’re a little crazy, but it works for us! How do you get yourself through a tough workout?