Rower Responsibility

Training and conditioning are important for rower’s performance. All aspects are equally important: nutrition, rest and exercise.


Choosing the proper food and drinking plenty of fluids is as important to athletic success as having the appropriate training program. Rowers must adapt their energy intake to the physical demands of training and competition. Adequate caloric intake through well-balanced meals and nutrient rich snacks will maximize performance without fatigue. Athletes should avoid missing meals, especially breakfast. It is difficult to meet daily energy demands if any meals are missed. A classic sports diet, high in complex carbohydrates and protein, will be most effective.


All rowers need plenty of sleep. Sleep is important to rowers because it gives the muscles time to recover and rebuild. A consistent amount of sleep each night is more important than one long night before a race. If a late night is necessary, it is crucial that it does not fall on Thursday, since the sleep two days before a race is most important to race day performance.


Practices for the Men and Women’s team are made up of a combination of land and water training. Land training consists of running, weight lifting and use of the erg machine. Water training encompasses boat skills and techniques. The coaches determine practice schedules. Rowers should inform Coaches and/or Captains if unable to attend any practice.