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Winter Training Program Summary

This program is for:

  • Rowers looking to grow fitness
  • Rowers looking to improve their rowing technique or competitive edge

Program Details

In rowing, people often say that you earn your medals in the winter and pick them up the following summer. Winter training is essential to building fitness so you can hit the water at full speed when the dock goes in.

Winter training is part of an annual membership, but is also offered as a separate $190 membership for the December to March season. 

If you are new to rowing, and would like to learn how to erg prior to the water season, please contact us.  We will work with you to find a time where you can learn to erg with an instructor, alongside our coached team practices, so you can easily transition into our winter training program.

Members can access the full training plan here.

Winter Practice Schedule


Current Indoor Practices through Dec. 3:

  • Tues: 5:45-7am 
  • Thurs: 5:45-7am 
  • Saturday: 8:00-9:45am

Winter training will officially begin Monday Dec. 5 and end in March with the following schedule:

  • Monday 6:00-7:00am (Captain coach led)
  • Wednesday 6:00-7:00am (Captain coach led)
  • Friday 6:00-7:00am (Captain coach led)
  • Saturdays 8:00-9:45am (Coached and combined with Juniors) 

Sign up is required by 5pm the day before. If the wind chill is below 0 degrees and two or fewer people sign up, practice is canceled at the coaches discretion.


Tank Rental

In addition to our regular winter practices, Mendota Rowing Club rents the tanks at UW's Porter Boathouse. This is a great opportunity to spend some time working on bladework and other technique.

Each session is $15/rower to cover the costs of renting the tanks.

Register for a tank session

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