Amy Crawley, MS, CSCS


The sport of rowing requires strength, power, and excellent aerobic and anaerobic endurance. Currently, little research exists regarding strength training practices for the junior level rower. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a 5-week resistance training program on 2K rowing test scores in male and female high school rowers. Secondary data analysis was performed examining 2K test scores along with 6RM test results (Bench, Squat, and Seated Row) pre and post a 5 week weight training program. Significance was set at the p=.05 alpha level. The effect of gender on performance scores was also examined. It was hypothesized that male rowers would have more significant improvements in their 2K times. Due to the constraints of testing within the high school rowing season, this research would benefit from being replicated using a longer training timeframe. This research could inform rowing coaches, junior athletes, and the strength and conditioning research community when designing training protocols to improve rowing performance.