Rowing WOD 2/27/16: Row 2k – Post Time, Average Split, and Stroke Rating

Rowing WOD:

The Gentlemen of the Renegade Rowing League tearing it up!

The Gentlemen of the Renegade Rowing League tearing it up!

2k Row

  • Post Results to Comments.

Today’s Rowing WOD is a 2k Row.  It’s a test of how much pain and glory you can endure over seven to eight minutes.  Grab some friends and get after it.  This is the third time we’ve tested the 2k this winter.  Today you’re rowing in honor of those competing at CRASH-B’s on Sunday.  CRASH-B’s is the World Indoor Rowing Championship held at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.  Many rowers and crossfitters from across the world are flocking to Boston to see what they’ve got and drop the hammer.

If you’re one of the athletes competing at CRASH-B’s you should do some mobility and a few starts in place of today’s 2k.  Rest, hydrate, eat well, and get fired up for Sunday!

Post your 2k results to comments!

Rowing WOD 2/26/16: 2x12min w/ 3min Rest – Focus: Rhythm

Rowing WOD:

Smooth Is Fast!  These Renegades are ready for CRASH-B's!

Smooth Is Fast! These Renegades are ready for CRASH-B’s!

2 x 12min w/ 3min Rest


  • 2′ @20 S/M, 2′ @24, 2′ @22, 2′ @26, 2′ @24, 2′ @28


  • 2′ @28 S/M, 2′ @24, 2′ @26, 2′ @22, 2′ @24, 2′ @20
  • FOCUS: Rhythm and Ratio
  • Post Distances to Comments.

Are you ready for CRASH-B’s or your closest indoor event?  The World Indoor Rowing Championships are this Sunday on February 28th.  Use today as a day to mentally prepare and recover.  Have fun hitting a lift or short conditioning workout, but use the Rowing WOD to smooth everything out, breath, and mentally prepare for Sunday.  Be sure to mobilize well before and after so that there are no kinks holding you back on race day.

Bring on the weekend!

Rowing WOD 2/25/16: Peak Power and Tabata Starts – Post Max Watts and Fastest Start

Rowing WOD:

So fast they're a just a blur on the drive.  Renegades crushing the 2k in January.

Peak Power Test

  • Post Max Watts to Comments.

Tabata Row for Lowest Split

8x :20 On/ :10 Off

  • Practice your Starting Sequence each round.
  • Post Lowest Split hit to Comments.

The focus of today is Power and Preparation for the 2k Start, so be sure to get in the Rowing and Strength WOD.  If time allows, choose the blocks that will help you improve as an athlete.  If you have enough time for all three blocks then attack them all!

For the Peak Power Test set the monitor for 20 seconds of work and 2 minutes of rest.  Start by paddling a couple of strokes to get the fan moving and then go for max watts.  It may help to video the test or have a partner watch to tell you the highest watts you pulled in just one stroke.  During the 2 minutes of rest paddle lightly or roll out.  Take 3 or 4 tries to find your max wattage starting with the damper set low and increasing the drag each successive try.  At some point you’ll find a drag that you like and gives you the most power.  Your score for the Peak Power Test is the Max Watts pulled in just one stroke.

Give us your best and share your results and experience to comments!

Who’s Ready to test the 2k Saturday or Crush It at CRASH-B’s on Sunday?

Rowing WOD 2/24/16: Start Practice for CRASH-B 2016

Rowing WOD:

The Men getting pumped for CRASH-Bs at last months Renegade Rowing League!

5 x 15 Strokes – Start and Settle as follows w/ 20 Stroke Paddle (No Pressure) in between

  • 3 stroke start (1/2, 3/4, Full)
  • 7 strokes high (@34-40 s/m)
  • 5 stroke settle (immediately settle to race pace)
  • Post the number of strokes it took to settle to comments.

With CRASH-B’s coming up this weekend you want to make sure your start and settles are dialed in, so use the Rowing WOD as a good warmup for a lift or other conditioning workout you’d like to do today.  Try to settle immediately on the next stroke after your high 7.  Share your experience to comments!

Rowing WOD 2/23/16: 8x250m w/ 45sec Rest – Post Splits

Rowing WOD:

The Ladies getting after their last 2k at the Renegade Rowing League in January!

8 x 250m w/ 45 seconds Rest

  • Race Pace!
  • Execute like Race Plan
  • Post Race Plan and Splits to Comments


This Sunday, February 28th, we will be testing our 2k at the World Indoor Rowing Championships otherwise known as CRASH-B’s.  If you’re in the Boston Area come cheer on all the rowers at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.  Hope to see you this weekend!

Today’s focus is executing a 2k race plan at high intensity.  Set the monitor for intervals distance with 250m of Work and 45 seconds of Rest.  Row every piece just as you would during your 2k this weekend.  Get off to a good start and settle on the first one.  Stay consistent from pieces 2 − 4.  Fight for that split on pieces 5-7.  Bring it home in the last 250m.

This should not be an all out 250m Max Effort, but rather a calculated effort at a split close to what you think your current 2k split would be.  The goal should be to pull the lowest split possible, consistently through all 10 intervals.  For example: alternating between splits of 1:50 and 2:00 is inefficient.  Instead consistently pull 1:55 every interval.

Use the mental cues that you practiced last week to be positive and attack!  You want to be in control of your 2k, embrace the pain, and enjoy the glory.  It all starts here.  Final preparation.  Do it!