Training intensity for Masters Rowing with Dr Charlie Simpson

Excited to share my latest episode of the Faster Podcast, this time with Dr Charlie Simpson.

Charlie is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at Oxford Brookes University and well known for his publications. The Complete Guide to Indoor Rowing and Advanced Rowing.

In this episode, Charlie and I cover the following topics and a lot more…

  • Defining training intensity
  • The holy trinity in training intensity; heart rate, RPE and power
  • Key training zones to pay attention to
  • Lactate testing
  • How to set up your season and week for training
  • Nutrition and hydration strategies
  • The Big 5 supplements that can make a real impact on performance

It’s a long episode (99-mins) and perfect for a long indoor endurance session.

The Complete Guide to Indoor Rowing, is the first comprehensive book to focus on this unique form of strength-endurance training. It is aimed at serious athletes, outdoor rowers and normal gym users.

Advanced Rowing , brings together a selection of leading experts in the sport of rowing, including international head coaches from New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and Denmark, who have all coached crews to World and Olympic medals. Distinguished club and university coaches contribute from across the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. Between them, these coaches work with the top national level athletes in their countries and specialize in preparing them to an international competitive standard.

Books recommended by Charlie

  • Wanted rowing coach by Brad Lewis
  • Assault on Lake Casitas by Brad Lewis
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

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