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Warm-Up Intensity and Duration’s Effect on Traditional Rowing Time-Trial Performance

By Iñigo Mujika , el 23 de May de 2012

Inigo Mujika, Rafa González de Txabarri, Sara Maldonado-Martín, and David B. Pyne

International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 2012, 7, 186-188

The warm-up procedure in traditional rowing usually involves continuous low-intensity rowing and short bouts of intense exercise, lasting about 60 min. Purpose: To compare the effects of a traditional and an experimental 30-min warm-up of lower intensity on indoor rowing time-trial performance. Methods: Fourteen highly trained male rowers (age 25.9 ± 5.3 y, height 1.86 ± 0.06 m, mass 80.4 ± 5.2 kg, peak aerobic power 352.0 ± 24.4 W; mean ± SD) performed 2 indoor rowing trials 12 d apart. Rowers were randomly assigned to either LONG or SHORT warm-ups using a crossover design, each followed by a 10-min all-out fixed-seat rowing-ergometer time trial. Results: Mean power output during the time trial was substantially higher after SHORT (322 ± 18 vs 316 ± 17 W), with rowers generating substantially more power in the initial 7.5 min of the time trial after SHORT. LONG elicited substantially higher mean warm-up heart rate than SHORT (134 ± 11 vs 121 ± 13 beats/min), higher pre–time-trial rating of perceived exertion (10.2 ± 1.4 vs 7.6 ± 1.7) and blood lactate (1.7 ± 0.4 mM vs 1.2 ± 0.2 mM), but similar heart rate (100 ± 14 vs 102 ± 9 beats/min). No substantial differences were observed between LONG and SHORT in stroke rate (39.4 ± 2.0 vs 39.4 ± 2.2 strokes/min) or mean heart rate (171 ± 6 vs 171 ± 8 beats/min) during the time trial, nor in blood lactate after it (11.8 ± 2.5 vs 12.1 ± 2.0 mM). Conclusion: A warm-up characterized by lower intensity and shorter duration should elicit less physiological strain and promote substantially higher power production in the initial stages of a rowing time trial.

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Hektor and Eneko Llanos: “After the World Championships, Vitoria-Gasteiz has to keep on being an international triathlon reference”

By Iñigo Mujika , el 14 de May de 2012

Hektor Llanos, Iñigo Mujika and Eneko Llanos.

Long Distance Triathlon World Championships will be raced in Vitoria-Gasteiz in a couple of months. The fact that this important event takes place over here is in a great part due to the impulse given to the sport by Vitoria-Gasteiz born triathletes Hektor and Eneko Llanos over the past few years. I have been fortunate to spend ten years collaborating with them as a coach and physiologist, between 2002 and 2011, and although I am no longer in charge of their preparation (Hektor has now given up the sport as a pro and Eneko has taken his training in his own hands in 2012), I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together over the years, and will continue to rejoice at their sucess, both athletic, professional and personal in the future.

I leave you with a recent interview in relation with the World Championship.

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