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"Elite rowers fire off the start at sprint speed -- 53 strokes per minute. With 95 pounds of force on the blade end, each stroke is a weightlifter's power clean. Rowers cross their anaerobic threshold with that first stroke. Then there are 225 more to the finish line." - ESPN Magazine, May 2000.

Visit the Fall and Spring Training pages for sample workouts that college crews use to prepare for the physical demands of head races and sprint races.