Crew is the ultimate team sport. Whether it's racing in an eight-person or four-person boat, the best crews consist of groups of athletes working together to achieve harmony, rhythm, balance, and speed. Done well, rowing can feel like flying across the surface of the water. It also serves as a wonderful way to enhance one's personal fitness, as a low-impact sport that requires a combination of strength, speed, endurance, and technical skill.
One of the best things about rowing is that it is a lifetime sport. Anybody can learn to row, at any age, and can master the basics in a short period of time. Longtime rowers and coaches, however, will remind you that it can take the rest of one's life to master the remaining skills, meaning that there is always room to improve as an athlete and a person.
Texas A&M Crew prepares for races with a combination of practices on the water at Lake Bryan, and on land. For land workouts, we use on rowing machines (ergometers) and also complete strength-training exercises like freeweights, running stairs, and body circuits.
There are 7 weekly scheduled times for water practices. Rowers will sign up for practice times using the team's Google document, and coaches will use this sign-up to schedule each rower for 2-4 water practices, total. This practice schedule will be periodically reviewed and adjusted (about once a month) as upcoming events change and individual schedules change. Once the schedule is sent out, it should be used to arrange carpools out to the lake.
Mondays 6:15-7:15 am, 6-8 pm
Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 am, 6-8 pm
Thursdays 6:15-7:15 am, 6-8 pm
Fridays 6:15-7:15 am
There is an all-team land practice every Tuesday from 6:15-7:15 am. Meet in the front of the Rec for these workouts.
Lastly, there will be three land workouts to be completed individually. Workouts are posted on the Google Doc every week on Mondays before noon. Two of these workouts are erg-based. The team has a fleet of 7 Concept2 ergs that are available at different rowers' houses. Rowers should make arrangements with the erg-holders to complete erg-based workout - see the Google Doc for info about the ergs. As a last-ditch effort, rowers can also use the "Fluid Ergs" that are in the Rec. Using them is better than not erging at all, but it's best to use the team's ergs. The last workout will be a strength-based workout which rowers should be able to complete at home or at the Rec.