I've joined the rowing team

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    Jul 24, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    I start college in a month, I used to do lots of sports when I was younger but always did swimming full time. I wanted to try something new in college so chose rowing..
    Its a new team at my college but i''ve been promised training will involve a mix of dry land lifting, swimming, and obviously erg machines haha.

    I'm obviously not huge by any means, just look at my profile lol..I consider myself lean because of swimming but I would love to get bigger.

    In what ways will my body change as a result of rowing??
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    Jul 24, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    It'll probably make you look sexier than how sexy you already are icon_razz.gif

    I think rowing will really help you get a V-taper, but don't quote me on that...
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    Jul 24, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    RowBuddy saidIf you do the erg workouts over winter and weight program made just for rowing, you can expect to gain bigger quads, a stronger back, huge lats and traps. The part you wont see is you will gain a better cardiopulminary system. If your coach is any good he/she will give you workouts designed to make you better able to do a 2k erg test every time you test. Your lungs will get bigger and your body's cells will become more efficient at processing oxygen into ATP. Lastly you will develop a super strong core muscle group. If you are stronger and faster and can move more than the body weight you bring to the boat plus have godo technique you will be a "boat mover" and outrace taller guys that are less efficient on the water, but maybe faster on the ergs.

    Thanks so much, exactly what I was after
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    Jul 24, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    Remember that rowing is divided into weight categories. Last I rowed there were 3 categories for highschool and club levels:

    Light weight: 141 lbs
    Middle weight: 155lbs
    Heavy weight: Over 155lbs

    College level rowing may only have 2 weight categories: Light and Heavy.

    Anyways, each athlete in the Light or Middle weight categories is weighed before races. If your crew doesn't average out to the weight category, overweight athletes will not be able to compete.

    Agreed with RowBuddy about the physical changes that you can expect. Rowing is a hugely cardio-vascular sport, involving a great deal of technique, timing, leverage, strength and endurance. Its an awesome sport with intimate team work, and I miss it a great deal.