One of the original sports in the modern Olympics, Rowing is a sport that demands superior technique. It requires individual discipline as well as teamwork. Athletes sit in a long narrow boat facing backwards and use either one or two oars to help propel the boat forwards.
Rowing requires total concentration to harness the power and precision needed to race. Competitive rowers usually race head to head on flat water over a distance of 2 kilometers or against the clock over 4 to 6 kilometers. The rowing stroke is a universal motor recruitment pattern and is performed in a wave of contraction from core to extremity.
It is one of several functional movements employed by CrossFit. Functional movements are compound movements that utilize multiple joints. They are natural, effective and efficient locomotors of body and external objects. No aspect of functional movements is more important than their capacity to move large loads over long distances, and to do so quickly (Glassman, 2010). In rowing that would be the capacity to move a boat over 2,000 meters as fast as possible, the goal of every competitive rower. Collectively, these three attributes, load, distance and speed, uniquely qualify functional movements for the production of power. ( Glassman, G. (2010, May 15). CrossFit level 1 training guide. The CrossFit Journal, 1-115. Retrieved fromhttp://journal.crossfit.com/2010/05/crossfit-level-1-training-guide.tpl)
ROWING CLUB AT CROSSFIT BOSTON
The Rowing Club at CrossFit Boston is a group of individuals looking to take their training to the next level by combining Rowing and CrossFit. All that is required to be in the Rowing Club is an open mind, a willingness to learn and work hard, and a training partner. Rowers at CrossFit Boston team up with a training partner and follow Coach Pat’s Blog on RenegadeRowing.com. Whenever you complete a Rowing WOD post your results to the comment section of that blog post and Coach Pat will get back to you with feedback. Coach Pat programs five workouts a week for Renegade Rowing and the CrossFit Rowing Facebook Page.
INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING AND FEEDBACK
If you and your training partner are looking for feedback and instruction to improve your form or strategy when attacking Rowing WOD’s then get in touch with Coach Pat at [email protected] or post your questions to the blog.
Renegade Rowing will be offering Rowing Workshops at CrossFit Boston throughout the year for those members of the Rowing Club looking to increase their knowledge of the stroke, their efficiency, and their ability to crush Rowing WOD’s in competition. Keep an eye on the events page for the next available Rowing Workshop.
ROWING ON THE WATER
Every year Renegade Rowing holds tryouts for the Renegade Rowing Team. Renegade Rowers compete on the water at Regattas throughout the Summer and Fall as well as every winter at the Renegade Rowing League and CRASH-B Indoor World Rowing Championships. Members of the Rowing Club at CrossFit Boston looking to tryout will need to have an established training partner, know how to execute Rowing WODs according to the Renegade Rowing Blog, and know their results for the peak power, 1 minute, 500m, 2k, and 5k Tests on the Concept 2 Ergometer.