Rowing WOD 11/25/15: “King of the Erg” – Post the King and Fastest Winning Split

 Rowing WOD:

Chest to the deck!

Chest to the deck!

“King Of The Erg”

2 Athletes Compete At A Time:

5 Burpee Erg Jumps

300m Row (800m Max)

Win by 5m!  Winner Stays On!

Do you have what it takes to step up to the plate and execute when it counts?  Sport provides us an opportunity to compete and test ourselves and others.  By learning to push someone else, we learn to push ourselves. Don’t let your competitor off easy.  Push them.

Today’s Rowing WOD should be performed with at least three people, but can be a good challenge for the whole gym.  All you need is two ergs.  On 3,2,1 Go! Two athletes begin by doing 5 burpees (jumping over the erg rail each time).  Then the first athlete to get to 300m on the erg wins.  If the race is close, the first athlete to pull ahead by 5 meters after the 300m mark wins.  If no one takes it by 800m the competition is a draw and both athletes get off.  Otherwise the winner stays on to challenge the next athlete in line.  Repeat as long as time allows or until there are no challengers left.  If you don’t have anyone to compete against get in 6 rounds with equal work to rest in between each round.

Post your “King Of The Erg” and the best Average 500m Split of the day to comments.

Rowing WOD 11/24/15: 8x1min w/ 1min Rest – Post Splits

8 x 1min w/ 1min Rest As Follows

1′ @24 (2k+5)

1′ @26 (2k+3)

1′ @28 (2k+1)

1′ @30 (2k)

1′ Start and Settle to 2k pace (like race)

1′ 2k pace (like race)

1′ 2k pace (like race)

1′ 2k pace and then sprint last 30sec (like race)

Renegade Rowing Club starts next Monday! Register Here!Last week we focused on suspension.  As you warmup today try to feel connected to the footboards and remain weightless on your seat throughout the drive.  Be sure to keep the force horizontal and don’t do any more work than you have to.  For the first half of today’s Rowing WOD you should really emphasize and feel the connection to the erg through your feet.  Feel nice smooth suspension every stroke.

In the second half of this workout focus on the release.  The goal is to suspend and push through the heel/full foot and then just as you finish the stroke keep the balls of your feet attached to the footboards.  We don’t want to rely on the straps to pull us back up.  Our finish should be powerful but in control.  One cue is to point the toes as you finish the stroke.  Also ensure that when you finish the hips aren’t tucking under.  Stay on your sit-bones and transfer the weight to the front of your seat as you swing into the recovery.  I know this is a lot to think about, so don’t get to caught up in it.  Just be smooth and stay connected to the footboards through the bottoms of your feet.

Post your average splits from each piece to comments!

Checkout the Renegade Rowing League below!  If you’re interested in competing this year it will be held on December 12th, January 16th, and February 20th.  You can register online here!

Rowing WOD 11/23/15: 2x15min w/ 5min Rest – Post Distance

 Rowing WOD:

When should you break the elbow? Learn more about the stroke with Renegade Rowing!

2 x 15′ w/ 5′ Rest

  • 5′ @ 18
  • 5′ @ 20
  • 5′ @ 22

Today’s Rowing WOD is a chance to work on Rhythm and Timing while building some aerobic endurance.  In long chippers rowing can be used as active recovery and a chance to catch your breath.  Try to find the efficient rhythm and consistent pressure you’ll need to recover mid WOD.  Every five minutes the rating will change to keep you focused.  Try to fix one part of your stroke each five minutes.  Your effort level on this should be such that you can get out sentences to a neighbor, but breathing is labored.

Post your distance rowed each piece!

Rowing WOD 11/21/15: 2k Row, 1k Row, 500m Row – Post Times, Avg Splits, and Avg S/M

 Rowing WOD 11/23/13:

CFRowing Trainer Course

2k Row

3min Rest

1k Row (@2k-3)

3min Rest

500m Row (@2k-5)

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 will give you an idea of where you might need to focus your training in the coming months.  At the end of today you’ll have three benchmark rowing times that can be used to game other Rowing WODs.  These three times will also come in handy if you’re joining the Renegade Rowing Club and training for the Renegade Rowing League and CRASH-B’s!  Sign Up for the December 12th Renegade Rowing League here.

Come up with a plan and execute.  You want to have mental cues on form, breathing, and effort to fall back on the second your mind starts to wander.  If possible grab a friend and take turns coxing each other through each piece.  Be consistent with your splits and stroke ratings through each piece.  The stroke rating for this workout should be around a 28-32, but everyone needs to find what works.  Find your efficient stroke.  Novices should focus on one form fix for each piece and work hard for consistency.

Post your Times, Average 500m Splits, and Average Stroke Ratings to Comments along with an answer to this question…

Why is Rowing Fun?

Rowing WOD 11/20/15: Partner WOD – 4RFT – 500m Row, Shuttle Sprint/Jump Squats – Post Team Name and Time to Comments

Rowing WOD:

The Original Renegade Rowing Training Partners getting after it!

The Original Renegade Rowing Training Partners getting after it!

Partner WOD

4 Rounds For Time:

Partners Alternate between

1. 500m Row

2. Shuttle Sprint, 20 Jump Squats




Rowing is an opportunity to push yourself as an individual and as part of a team.  Today’s workout is a partner wod and a good example of how training with a partner can take your effort and performance to the next level.  If you don’t have a training partner you can still do this workout, but it would be a lot more fun to grab someone from the gym and show them what rowing is all about.

One partner will start on the rower and one will start on the run.  The rower completes the noted distance while the partner sprints a shuttle sprint and does 20 jump squats.  For the run, designate a starting line and then setup three cones at 10m, 20m, and 30m.  A shuttle run will be down and back three times to a different cone each time; in other words – touch the 10 and run back, touch the 20 and back, touch the 30 and back.  The partner that finishes each round first gets time to rest!

Post Time and Team Name to comments!

Checkout the Renegade Rowing League Setup from last year!  The RRL starts December 12th at CrossFit Boston.  Register here if you’d like to compete!  If you’re interested in training for the RRL checkout the Renegade Rowing Club!