The complex relationship between power output and stroke rate is poorly understood by many athletes new to the Concept 2 rower, the company’s co-founder tells Jon Gilson of Again Faster in the second part of our three part series. Peter Dreissigacker takes Jon through a drill used to acquaint athletes with the machine. Going faster doesn’t always mean going harder. And rowing many strokes doesn’t necessarily get your heart rate up.
Jon and Peter row one minute intervals as follows:
24 strokes per minute at 170 watts
24 strokes per minute at 225 watts
32 strokes per minute at 170 watts
32 strokes per minute at 225 watts
24 strokes per minute at 250 watts
35 strokes per minute at 170 watts
Near the end of the workout, Jon says he feels like he’s been “run over by a truck.” Once the maximum power output has been reached, his heart rate is slow to come down. Regardless of the stroke rate and power output, pulling harder will result in a tougher workout.
Jon and Peter conclude by reviewing log card results to show how rowing intervals with varying stroke rates and power outputs can be an effective training technique.