Cross Training

Cross Training for Rowing.

Running
This can be a great cross training tool. It can be used to control weight, improve endurance, boost your CV system, improve your AT and make you mentally stronger.

Cycling
Great for endurance.

Weight Lifting
Excellent for strength training for rowing. Tweak the weight, reps and exercise and you can work anything from flexibility to endurance to strength to raw power.

Circuit Training
Great for endurance and aerobic/high aerobic training.

Hill Running
If you live close to a hill, hill running can boost V02 Max, endurance and strength for rowing.

Nordic Running
Good if you live in the mountains, lost of cross-country skiers use this for long endurance workouts in the summer.

Football/Soccer
Have fun, why not? Once you stay injury free, playing a game that requires a lot of running is great for building endurance and power.

All of the above will help you to learn new skills and use different movements, biomechanics and energy systems. This can only be a good thing, particularly if you have rowed for a long time and need a lift up to the next level. Alternative training for rowing will help you stay mentally fresh, help you stay physically balanced (thus hopefully preventing injury), and provide you with a new skill set to apply in adapting to changing rowing conditions, challenges and goals.

Lots of specific cross training workouts for rowing coming in Spring 2015.