European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 111, Issue 11, pp 2653–2662

Does a bout of strength training affect 2,000 m rowing ergometer performance and rowing-specific maximal power 24 h later?

  • Thomas I. Gee
  • Duncan N. French
  • Glyn Howatson
  • Stephen J. Payton
  • Nicolas J. Berger
  • Kevin G. Thompson
Original Article


Rowers regularly undertake rowing training within 24 h of performing bouts of strength training; however, the effect of this practice has not been investigated. This study evaluated the impact of a bout of high-intensity strength training on 2,000 m rowing ergometer performance and rowing-specific maximal power. Eight highly trained male club rowers performed baseline measures of five separate, static squat jumps (SSJ) and countermovement jumps (CMJ), maximal rowing ergometer power strokes (PS) and a single 2,000 m rowing ergometer test (2,000 m). Subsequently, participants performed a high-intensity strength training session consisting of various multi-joint barbell exercises. The 2,000 m test was repeated at 24 and 48 h post-ST, in addition SSJ, CMJ and PS tests were performed at these time points and also at 2 h post-ST. Muscle soreness, serum creatine kinase (CK) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were assessed pre-ST and 2, 24 and 48 h post-ST. Following the ST, there were significant elevations in muscle soreness (2 and 24 h, P < 0.01), CK (2, 24 and 48 h, P < 0.01), and LDH (2 h, P < 0.05) in comparison to baseline values. There were significant decrements across all time points for SSJ, CMJ and PS, which ranged between 3 and 10% (P < 0.05). However, 2,000 m performance and related measurements of heart rate and blood lactate were not significantly affected by ST. In summary, a bout of high-intensity strength training resulted in symptoms of muscle damage and decrements in rowing-specific maximal power, but this did not affect 2,000 m rowing ergometer performance in highly trained rowers.


Rowing 2000  m Strength training Recovery Power Muscle damage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas I. Gee
    • 1
  • Duncan N. French
    • 1
  • Glyn Howatson
    • 1
  • Stephen J. Payton
    • 2
  • Nicolas J. Berger
    • 2
  • Kevin G. Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, School of Life SciencesNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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