Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Training junior rowers

I have been spending time with the girls (they are 16yr olds so I am not sure if I should call them girls?), over the past 2 weeks doing strength based exercises. Pull ups, deadlifts, front squats, rows, push pres etc, just to give them to basic form and feel for these moves. Over the next few weeks I will combine these skills into a power moves to assist in building their acceleration.
I gave them a pretty good pasting this morning with a circuit of speed based exercises of box squat jumps, db sprints, med ball push ups, power rows, db thrusts, renegade rows and over head squats. They got thru 3 circuits ( 1 x 60sec, and 2 x 30secs) without complaining or anyone giving in - sensational attitude! However the highlight of my morning was teaching them to do a dumbbell snatch. Some of them took to it immediately and some other took a few reps, but they were all able to perform a technically correct snatch. Next week I will bring in power cleans, and high pulls. This crew will have huge amounts of power in a few months, and I can't wait to see how it translates on the water.

This is my dream; to get the chicks doing the power moves right at the begining of their weight training lives......watch out boys the girls are about to take over the big iron!.

Train hard and heavy!


PS I have finally found a very efficient way to video and post exercises now, so I will add video of these power exercises on Friday for you.


Raechelle said...

How exciting for you-it's awesome that you are able to get your hands on these girls at such a young age-and that they are taking to it so easily! Fantastic!
Could you imagine if this was the norm in our mother's day?-What a different world it would be-hey!

Lisa said...

Yes I can only imagine what it would have been like.

There is still a long way to change the mindset of a lot women today, but I have plenty of time and energy!!


Lyndsay said...

That is so exciting! I so much wish someone had introduced me to this wonderful sport at that age. Watch out world!

Anonymous said...

Awesome workout for the girls and im sure it will translate really well to the water.

I love the girl power attitude, look out boys here we come!!!!!

Magda said...

Hi Lisa,

your post yesterday was excellent. Its got me thinking and I hope I have the courage to take a similar leap of faith myself. Time will tell but thanks for writing in such an inspiring manner.



Lisa said...

Good luck Magda. You will know when the time is right for you.


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