Head of the Charles Indoor Rowing Workout

In the fall of 1965, my father and grandfather took a gamble in signing up together for a small, unknown regatta named the Head of the Charles. It was the first year this race was being held. They and the other 60 or so competitors lined up to see how fast they could cover the […]

The Hill Running Workout for Everyone

“PUKE” was painted at the top of the paved hill at a training ground all Brown Crew members knew too well. It was part of Scott Roop’s dry-land training protocol: a straight shot from the bottom of college hill to the top 10 times in a row. The goal was to run up at full […]

A Workout to Ensure Your Legs Drive Your Rowing

Social media makes it very easy for people to ask me for training tips, which I love receiving and answering. Recently, I received this message from a woman who had just started with indoor rowing: “Hello Josh, I am an avid runner and purchased the WaterRowerGx rowing machine so I could have more of an […]

The Singing Beach Combine

It’s hot out there. If you’re like me, you will be heading for the beach to cool off. Unfortunately for my wife, I am not really into sitting still by water’s edge flipping through a magazine. I have to move! The beach is the perfect place to get in a workout – and no I […]

I’ve Found a Solution to the Fitness Malaise

Sometimes I find myself finishing a workout feeling a little “less than.” Maybe it’s because I wasn’t committed to my burpees and squats. Perhaps I just floated around aimlessly from the treadmill to the Elliptical, to the rower… while flipping through my playlist desperately searching for the perfect “pump up” song. Despite how long I’ve […]

Swimming Tips and a New Workout Just in Time for Summer

The days are sunnier, the boss a little more flexible (hopefully) and the waters are warm (in that cold, New England kind-of-warm-way). It’s the perfect time to bust out the goggles and swim cap and immerse your body in your favorite pool or saltwater haven. Swimming is a fantastic cross trainer for all athletes. It […]

The “Summer is Headed Our Way” Rowing Workout

Summer is headed our way and outdoor training favorites such as running, cycling and rowing (on the water) return once again. Some of you more extreme folks bundled up and modified your gear to handle the rough conditions; but for most of us, these activities hibernate every year until warmer temps make things a little […]

The Days Are Longer Now

Days are longer now, but kids’ sports practices, sunset drinks with colleagues, conference calls with California compete with our workout schedule and can be lethal to our fitness program; we’re easily “forced into” a day off and then even another.  When we do have a small window for a workout, we often fall prey to, […]

Fast Food

“My body is my temple!” You’ve heard that one before. You’ve probably even subscribed to that motto once upon time by strategically placing endless hours of energy into perfecting form, building muscle (and mind) for race day, calculating sleep for recovery and fueling for that long ride or row. From pitching oars to the degree […]

What’s Your Next Race?

Are the glory days really behind us? I’d argue that the “glory days” are actually upon any one of us right now. Racing in your 40’s, 50’s or even at my father’s age of 75 (he rowed in the 1st and 50th HOCR) holds just as many wonderful benefits as it did back in the […]