Weights session, Team GB style!

19 Mar

So, last night at training we had a weights session with former GB rower Ali Knowles.

As part of the first 10 of the women’s novice squad, we will be having weights sessions once a week now as part of our training, to develop the power in our stroke.

Ali demonstrated a quick warm up (in our cold weights room!), and then showed us a selection of weights exercises related to rowing. These being leg press, barbell lunge, chest press and bent over row.

This evenings session was just to get a feel for the weights and work out our base points.
The main aim of these weights sessions is to strengthen cores, and develop the power in the glutes and thighs.

Post-physio appointments, I have come to learn that whilst I may have a strong core, I have a weak posterior chain – mainly due to sitting at a desk all day! Therefore these sessions should help strengthen my glutes and ultimately, my posterior chain.

We will have a session with Ali again on Wednesday, where she will show us a few more core exercises and stretches, before analysing each one of us, and writing us personal plans to help us develop our weaker areas. The exercises and routines are all part of the GB squad training – it makes it all rather interesting finding out how the professionals train!


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