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Making Weight

Nutritional strategies for losing weight and rowing fast

Lightweight rowers don’t have it easy. They must add power without bulk. They must also deploy huge mental strength to watch what they are eating – while their heavyweight counterparts eat what they like – monitoring their weight through the season until they are finally standing on the scales shortly before the big race.

To qualify for racing, female lightweight rowers must weigh in at no more than 59 kg with a crew average of no more than 57kg. A male lightweight must be no more than 72.5kg with a crew average of 70kg.

Yet the majority of lightweight rowers are often not natural or comfort able lightweights and need to resort to both chronic and acute weight loss strategies to achieve the required weight for competition. Recovery in the limited time after weigh-in and between competition races is also crucial to performance.

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