Strength Training Practices for Rowing – Part 3 – Conditioning Training

by Williamson Ruth, CSCS and Blake Gourley
NSCA Coach September 2020
Vol 7, Issue 2

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This is the third and final article of a series on strength training practices for rowing and will focus on the energy systems development of rowing athletes.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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Will Ruth is a former high school rower who returned to the sport with the Western Washington University mens rowing team, coaching there for several ...

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