“Row Stronger” Preview

A useful insight into how to organise your weight training program for the rowing season

Strength Coach Will

Will Ruth

This is an outline of how to periodize your weight-training for rowing using the block periodization system. Providing exact workout routines and specific exercise recommendations are out of the scope of this article, but I go into much more detail in my upcoming e-book, Row Stronger: Strength Training for Rowing. However, given the information provided in this article and some proficiency with an internet search-engine or help of a qualified personal trainer, you will be able to construct an annual plan that will help you get stronger, faster, and healthier in your next season.


1. Understand that periodization is necessary to adequately train all qualities necessary for success in rowing.

 2. Keep your rowing-specific training to the erg and on the water and use the weight-room for strength training and injury prevention.

 3. “Fatigue masks fitness,” so adjust your training volume to match each season’s focus…

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About stelph82

I am a rower who is a lot of a technology geek as well!
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2 Responses to “Row Stronger” Preview

  1. Thanks! Love your site, though I can’t say the block periodization method is particularly high tech 🙂

    • stelph82 says:

      It might not be what people think of particularly high tech, but it is scientific with literature support so think it deserves a mention!

      It looks a very good post for people looking for a starting point in planning a weights training plan, something thats actually tricker to plan than the cardio workouts in my opinion

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