Honestly, the whole coffee thing kind of passed me by, and despite hearing that it might help me perform on race day and that it might even increase my life expectancy, it really had no place in my life.
Doing the workout is the only thing that matters, right?
Well, as much as I would love to tell you that was the case, I’m going to tell you why doing that workout is only half the story.
Oh, and yes, these all come from personal experience, so I’m sitting here smugly as I tell you the top 6 things you should avoid post-workout.
Huge legs and sculpted abs, this is a look many of us try to emulate.
The arms of Oli Zeidler, or the abs of Dark Horses’ own Shane Farmer, can be pretty awe-inspiring for anyone, not just in the rowing world, but how easy is it to get into that shape, and is it something we should even try to achieve?
The chain on your rower is fundamental; maintaining it correctly will last a long time and make your rowing stroke feel buttery smooth.
However, it’s really easy to forget some essential maintenance for such an innocuous piece of the machine.
In a sport where doing more is commonplace, and you are only a click away from mega rowalongs like this… (I need to practice more if I’m going to be keeping up Shane!!)
Ever notice how regular exercisers can be a pretty stubborn bunch? I should know; I’m one of them!
Don’t get me wrong, that stubbornness is a good thing when it comes to training consistently, but it can cause problems when you are ill or injured, as it may make you reluctant to miss a workout.
You don’t need to be an elite performer to see the benefits of adopting a growth mindset and deliberate practice (high-quality reps and focused effort on a specific task). The mere introduction of taking a step back and seeing the bigger picture can often yield untold results in both training and daily life.
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