Mat & Laura’s Training Programme

One of the most popular questions we get asked, next to “Where do you go to the toilet on the boat?” – that’s the favourite, is:

“How often do you train?”

We train twice a day, 5 times per week.

Our typical week looks like this:

– MONDAY 6amConcept2 ROW
Between 30-60 minutes, working on either technique or power.
Using the ‘Workout of the Day‘ from Concept2’s website.

– MONDAY 5pm – WEIGHT LIFTING at Primal Fitness
Strong Lifts 5 x 5 Workout
Alternating Squats, Overhead Press and Deadlifts with Squats, Bench Press and Barbell Rows. Increasing weight each workout for increased strength and power.

-TUESDAY 6am – ROW
As Monday

– TUESDAY 7pm – YOGA
1 hour yoga class to stretch and relax, increasing mobility in our joints and muscles.

– WEDNESDAY 6am – ROW
As Monday

– WEDNESDAY 5pm – WEIGHT LIFTING
As Monday

– THURSDAY 6am – ROW
As Monday

– THURSDAY 7.30pmMETAFIT
15-25 minute high intensity interval bodyweight training class, including plyometrics, static holds and drills. THIS IS MEGA!

– FRIDAY 6am – ROW
As Monday

– FRIDAY 5pm – WEIGHT TRAINING
As Monday

– SATURDAY & SUNDAY 
Do something fun like:
Go open water rowing with our Mentor, Ian Rowe from Atlantic Experience
Hike up a mountain
Visit a local obstacle race and help Pete from Mudstacle with filming
But sometimes we just sleep and eat and refuel for the next weeks training : )

The training is tough!
Getting up early every day and rowing in the dark on an empty stomach is hard – especially in the winter.

Increasing the weight in our weight training by 2.5kg each session is physically and mentally challenging – it never gets easier.

However, we are getting stronger and our rowing is improving.

Every 6 weeks, we have a ‘taper’ or ‘active recovery’ week where we reduce the frequency of training, drop the weight, ease the pressure and do other activities like jogging, bouldering and messing around at the gym.  This gives our bodies time to grow, heal and recover.

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest.

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