Aiming to becoming a rowing recruit: The Musts
1. Being part of a junior rowing program is not a must.
- Joe Sterner is 16 years old. He discovered rowing and loves it. He visited the Harvard boathouse and was amazed by its beauty, history, and what it represents. His motivation is unstoppable. He needed a coach and was referred to me. Now he follows my training program rows his single scull, ergs, and enjoys the prescribed cross-training.
- Coming from a different sport is a great way to get started with rowing. Athletes who on paper could become perfect rowing recruits: Football players, swimmers, water polo players, cross country runners, wrestlers, volley- and basketball players, and the list goes on.
- Adopting the erg as your new play thing! There is absolutely NO WAY you will become a rowing recruit WITHOUT an ERG, a concept2 rowing machine, the standard testing machine in the rowing world. This rowing machine is the number one tool college coaches use to built their recruiting list. The “ERG Score” is like the SAT score of rowing. Coaches rank rowing recruits by their 2K-erg score.
2. Enjoying being an athlete is a must.
- Workout discipline! You won’t kill the 2K erg score if you don’t train religiously. There is no secret about it. Consistent work will pay off. You WILL learn what rowing pain feels like. Luckily, when you train the right way, you won’t be hammered with such pain more than twice per week. ELITE TRAINING is unlike the majority of junior rowing program who for decades have adopted the motto “more pain, more gain” which leads to mental and physical burn out, as well as back and joint injuries.
- It feels good to be training the ELITE WAY. You will increasingly feel better about yourself. You will gain confidence and your work in school will improve, because you have more energy to excel.
- Seeing improvement feeds motivation to go further and harder. You will notice how your erg scores keep improving, which leads you to want to accelerate the process. Looking forward to working out is a natural side effect to ELITE TRAINING. You can feel getting closer to your goal.
3. Having a brain is a must.
- Listening to coaching and asking questions: Great coaching is a two way street. You will hear my technical analysis and a very thorough description on how you can improve your deficiencies. Asking questions is KEY to great teamwork. By giving me feedback on my commentary, I am able to tailor my coaching for you. You will improve as long as your brain is working out too!
- Keeping the grades up. A great erg score can go a long way with GOOD school grades and academic placement tests. Being a good and disciplined student in school will make your recruiting chances a lot easier.
- Listening to the body is key to avoiding overtraining. An ELITE TRAINING PROGRAM lists rest time alongside workouts. Listening to the body is most important, but not a common routine for junior rowers. In order to listen to the body, you need to do routine self analysis of your physical state. Being critical of ones on mind requires brain power, “smarts”. The mind alone, will always want to push your body further until breaking point… As an athlete learning to give yourself a physical break is the result of mental dialogue and discipline.
4. Trusting me, an absolute must
- Having fun! I loved working out under my coaches directions. I always had a training program which described my workouts for months at a time. Under my guidance, you too will enjoy a clear plan. Your enjoyment of training will be fed through training variations which consist of strength training, cross training, resistance, and rhythm changes. You will be taught how to use a heart rate monitor and understand your resting heart rate nuances.
- You will enjoy clear steady improvement! You will feel stronger mentally and physically, you will feel awesome.