QUESTIONS QUESTIONS QUESTIONS!!!!

QUESTIONS QUESTIONS QUESTIONS!!!!

Post by Karla Limion - JOUR/F » Wed, 30 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Hey there!
        I am a brand-new rower who has absolutely fallen in LOVE with the
sport.  I have been on the water for about 8 weeks now, and I love
rowing so much that I really want to start training to row competitively.  
However, I have about a ZILLION questions about training, etc.
If anyone could help me out I would really appreciate it.  Thank-you in
advance!!

        Is rowing more natural ability or is it all training?  (Ie. I'm
         5'10 and fairly strong - do I have a large advantage over more
         petite rowers?)

        Which is more important for rowers -- weight training or
          cardiovascular activity?      

        I want to train during the winter -- should I buy a good
         ergometer or should I just keep weight training and doing cardio?  
         Will an ergometer cause me to have bad form when I take up rowing
         again in the Spring?

        What should I look for when joining a rowing club?

        What goals should I be placing for myself?  (When is it
         realistic for me to want to compete at provincial and then
         national levels, for example?)

Thanks so much to anyone who can help me out and give me some advice.  

                                                Karla Jane.

 
 
 

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Post by BilMcGow » Thu, 31 Oct 1996 04:00:00

A little more info. please..........'cause you can't row in the wintertime
in, say, Anchorage.  I have a feeling you're in southern California by
your server info.  If so, join USRowing by calling (800)314-4769 and you
an tap into the rowing resource library and/or call your Field Service
Rep. for California, who is Ann Day (in Seattle) at (206)325-8846. Say
hello to Ann for me!

                   Bill McGowan
     USRowing East Field Service Coordinator  
     42 Brooks Street, Brighton,MA 02135-1717      
     Phone/Fax/Answering Machine(617)787-5060
     PLEASE NOTE: Opinions expressed are mine
and not necessarily those of my employer, USRowing

 
 
 

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Post by LeeAnn Tzen » Thu, 31 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> A little more info. please..........'cause you can't row in the
> wintertime in, say, Anchorage.  I have a feeling you're in southern
> California by your server info.

Umm, looks like Canada to me, Bill.  There ought to be a contact for
Canadian rowing somewhere.  If you can't find one, RegattaSport might be
able to help you find them...

On the other hand, USRowing can probably tell you how to find their
Canadian counterparts.

--LeeAnn

 
 
 

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Post by R. Hughe » Thu, 31 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>    Is rowing more natural ability or is it all training?  (Ie. I'm
>          5'10 and fairly strong - do I have a large advantage over more
>     petite rowers?)

Rowing is definitely not natural.  I think the motion is counterintuitive
to most beginners.  Being tall does help though.  The longer your stroke
is, the more total power you can get out of your stroke.  Strength is key
too, for obvious reasons.  Technique, however, is also a key element to
rowing.  I know plenty of guys who can pull very *** the erg, but
weaker people can move a boat better than they can due to better
technique.  So, don't be afraid to perfect your technique.  It's worth it.

 > >      Which is more important for rowers -- weight training or

Quote:
>           cardiovascular activity?

This partly depends on what kind of rowing you are going to be doing, i.e.
sprint pieces, head races.  I would say, however, that you need to do
both.  Rowing is a demanding sport in that it requires great strength and
endurance, so don't give up on either one.

Quote:

>    I want to train during the winter -- should I buy a good
>     ergometer or should I just keep weight training and doing cardio?  
>     Will an ergometer cause me to have bad form when I take up rowing
>     again in the Spring?

The thing that makes a boat go fast is how fast you can move your blade
through the water.  As this is very task specific, the best way to train
for rowing is primarily by rowing, but secondly by erging.  For variation,
running is good too and weights every now and then couldn't hurt.   You
will only have bad form in the spring if you start with bad form.  If you
develop bad habits and continue them, they are harder to get rid of, so
get your technique ironed out from the beginning.  An erg is about as
close as you can get to a boat though, so it shouldn't give you any worse
technique than you have before you start erging.

Quote:

>    What should I look for when joining a rowing club?

If you want to work hard, look for a program that works hard...or at least
gives you that option. If you want to just have fun, look for a program
that does that.  It's just whatever you want to do.   Also, it's good to
find a stable program with a good number of boats.  You are more likely to
find a good, consistent coach there.  You are lucky if you have a lot of
choice between programs though.

Quote:

>    What goals should I be placing for myself?  (When is it
>     realistic for me to want to compete at provincial and then
>     national levels, for example?)

  If you want to work that hard, there's no reason not to start training
for the national team right now.  It takes a lot of time to get to that
level, but if you get a good coach and a workout program that is right
for you, you can go anywhere.  There are people who are shorter than you,
who are on the national team, so you can do whatever you put your heart
into.  To keep from getting discouraged though, compete at your level.. If
you are a novice this year, race against other novices.  If you get a
good program, they will help you figure it all out.  Good Luck and row
hard.

Bobby Hughes
UW Crew, Seattle, WA

 
 
 

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Post by Sask. Rowing Asso » Sat, 02 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hey there!
>        I am a brand-new rower who has absolutely fallen in LOVE with the
>sport.  I have been on the water for about 8 weeks now, and I love
>rowing so much that I really want to start training to row competitively.  
>However, I have about a ZILLION questions about training, etc.
>If anyone could help me out I would really appreciate it.  Thank-you in
>advance!!

>        Is rowing more natural ability or is it all training?  (Ie. I'm
>         5'10 and fairly strong - do I have a large advantage over more
>         petite rowers?)

Natural ability really helps.  5'10" helps a lot, as does strength.  
No matter how much natural ability you have, though, you need to
train to excel.

Quote:
>        Which is more important for rowers -- weight training or
>          cardiovascular activity?      

Yes....  Strength training interferes with endurance training and
endurance training interferes with strength training.  However,
if your max strength is greater, then the endurance work can be done at
a greater force production level for any given percentage of your max..

Quote:

>        I want to train during the winter -- should I buy a good
>         ergometer or should I just keep weight training and doing cardio?  
>         Will an ergometer cause me to have bad form when I take up rowing
>         again in the Spring?

Both - but it would be good to be erging at a club with some coaching
due to principles of training specificity.

Quote:
>        What goals should I be placing for myself?  (When is it
>         realistic for me to want to compete at provincial and then
>         national levels, for example?)

Learn to row well, train, and go as far as you can..  Heddle won Pan-Am
gold after 23 months of rowing, but that type of accomplishment and
progress is rare.  Others take 5-6 years to get to the level at which
they can be considered.  It depends on a lot of factors.

Isn't Ryerson in Toronto?

Try Rowing Canada's web page, whose address can be obtained through
Rachel Quarrell's info service..

Hope this helps.  

Walter