When competing we need to be able to follow a game plan and execute it with control at full intensity, whether it’s a 5k row or a snatch ladder. Many of you are looking to break an 18min or 20min 5k. Those that can develop a race plan, hit their splits, and stick to their stroke ratings will come out on top and crush that goal.
Today’s Rowing WOD is all about focusing on that control and execution at full intensity. Each piece should be full pressure trying to hold your ideal race pace. You should visualize what it will be like in the middle of your 5k and what you will do to maintain mental toughness. Be smooth, be consistent, breathe, and execute!
All week we’ve been flirting with higher volume, longer pieces, and that 5k pace. Think back to your 5k Test and where it got tough. Mentally prepare yourself to crush it. Be ready for the pain, accept it, and push through!
Post your average 500m splits for each piece to comments as well as your 5k Goal!
2. 3/4 Cindy – As Many Rounds As Possible in 15min
3 Pull Ups
6 Push Ups
12 Air Squats
Cool Down: 2k Row @5k+3 (Perfect Form)
Today is another opportunity to build strength and work capacity while focusing on the sport specifics of rowing. Get in a good warmup by running a mile and then warming up your front squat. When you’re ready, attack the front squats and focus on keeping your elbows up, staying connected, and spreading the floor. During 3/4 Cindy focus on quality reps/movement with good breathing and consistent pace. Split it up as needed being sure not to go to failure on any single rep. It will take twice as long to recover if you do. When you cool down on the erg, every stroke should be perfect. Focus on posture, control, and connection. Keep level hands, be smooth, and breath.
Post your 5RM Front Squat, Score for 3/4 Cindy, and Average Split for the 2k.
Below is the Boston College Men’s Crew Team testing this WOD out earlier this week.
In rowing the longer your stroke the further you can move the boat and ultimately the faster you can go. Same thing applies indoors, rowing on the erg. The only problem with that equation is your positioning. Are you in a strong position at the catch and finish? Today is a day to work on mobility and improve that positioning. Take at least 15 minutes, ideally longer, to work on your tight spots. What limits you? Ankle flexion at the catch? Shoulder mobility at the finish?
Share where you tend to be tight during a row as well as your problem areas for WODs. What are you doing daily to work them out?
Today’s Rowing WOD is an opportunity to use rowing as a warmup and cool down. The deadlifts are for form and speed on the bar in hopes of transferring power/skill to the boat. Push hard in the AMRAP and get that heart rate and breathing up. This was the first practice that the Boston College Men’s Crew Team did with Renegade Rowing last year. If you can do this on the water even better! This practice should take no longer than 2 hours. Cut out some of the running if you’re strapped for time.
Post your load for the Deadlift, score for the AMRAP, and splits held for the rowing and running.
Our next 5k Re-test is coming up at the end of the month. Let’s get after it!
Why is rowing fun? One reason is that it provides a challenge in learning technique to be as efficient as possible while working everything from your head to your toes. Elsewhere in sports and training, if you’ve tried the Pose Method of running you may understand the beauty of focusing on technique and the perception of what your body is doing in space. Focusing on form and technique gives your mind something to work toward rather than complaining about how much your legs burn.
Today’s Rowing WOD is a good opportunity to focus on one or two form fixes but get after it as well. Set the monitor for Intervals Variable and enter the work/rest accordingly. This WOD has the potential to build your confidence in the 5k. Come up with a plan and execute. Be consistent with your splits and stroke ratings for both. If possible drop the split you pull every stroke from the 4k to the 2k by 5 split seconds. Go from a pace of 5k+5 to 5k with a stroke rating of 28-32. Find your efficient stroke. Novices should focus on one form fix for the first piece and work hard on consistent pressure for the second piece.
Post your Average 500m Splits to Comments along with your goal splits for each piece.
Why is Rowing Fun? … For me it’s seeing the movement patterns we train every single day in the gym transfer into one graceful, powerful, continuous movement on the water.