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How To Build A Rower's Body

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Massachusetts’ premiere boating event, use these six tips to sculpt that coveted crew physique.

After sitting patiently in the shadow of spin bikes and treadmills, rowing continues to move up the ranks among cardio and circuit-training enthusiasts. And for fans of the real deal, this weekend, the ancient sport’s premiere event—Massachusetts’ Head of the Charles Regatta—turns 50. Teams from across the globe will compete, cruising the Charles River on Saturday and Sunday.

“Rowing is becoming more accessible every year,” says Fred Schoch, executive director of the Head Of The Charles, and former crew coach at both Princeton and Georgetown. “If you’re outdoors, it’s beautiful. Being on a river or lake at dawn is mystical, there’s nothing quite like it. And even if you’re indoors, you can use rowing to obtain total-body fitness.”

To maximize your indoor sessions, we asked top pros to share their best technique and training tips. Read on.