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RowingChat with Sara Hendershot Intensity Training Specialist Rowing Coach

RowingChat today was with Sara Hendershot-Lombardi, a pioneer introducing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to rowing coaching. She … read more

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RowingChat today was with Sara Hendershot-Lombardi, a pioneer introducing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to rowing coaching.

She discovered this alternative method of training after serious personal injury, rehabilitation and recovery as she challenged for a place in the US Rowing team for Rio Olympics.

Sara runs Rowfficient, the training company whose Project UP is designed to help you gain fitness and boost performance.

We have collated timestamps for the key points we covered during the interview.  Below is a link to watch the video on YouTube or Listen on SoundCloud.  Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and, continue to tell your friends about RowingChat.

  • At the bottom are links to papers about HIIT referenced in the chat.
  • 01:00 Introductions and personal background in rowing
  • 05:00 How committing to your program can prevent athletes quitting
  • 09:00 Lori Dauphiny, Princeton Head Coach Womens Open Rowing
  • 10:00 What took Sara to the Olympics in 2012
  • 12:00 Injury roadblocks, coaching and training partner choices
  • 17:00 Did you ever feel like quitting?  Two steps to take if you personally want to quit rowing
  • 20:00 Rowfficient business launch. Foundation, Resilience, Mobility and athlete Longevity.
  • 22:00 Intensity training for rowing – skill, strength and intensity. [See links below to articles on HIIT]
  • 28:00 Coming back from injury.  Teaching movement patterns in the weights room.
  • 32:00 Coaches – how to learn about HIIT from Swimming, Track and Field and Cycling
  • 36:00 How to introduce HIIT into your rowing program
  • 39:00  Where to find training information for Masters Rowers? Rowfficient and Faster Masters
  • 40:00 Flexibility versus mobility – what’s the difference?
  • 41:00 Advice for new rowing coaches.  Separate Practice from Training from Testing.  Be slow before you become fast.
  • 44:00 Transitioning from athlete to coach
  • 48:00 How to explain the changes in technique you want – cues
  • 51:00 Injury Prevention advice for athletes aged 16-22.
  • 54:00 Taking the rowing movement from the weights room to the erg to the boat
  • You warm up to row, not row to warm up.  No Junk Strokes.

    Articles that discuss high intensity training: 

    These two discuss how strength training improves the fitness of endurance athletes: 

    RowingChat with Sara Hendershot Video

    RowingChat with Sara Hendershot on Audio SoundCloud

About Rebecca Caroe
Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe

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