Recently, at the SCW DallasMania, I had a chance to take part in the Indo-Row Challenge: a 2 minute timed challenge open to all fitness professionals who were in attendance.
I had never been on a rower and initially set a distance of 604 meters, good enough for second.
2 classes later, I was off the finals board. So round 2, I came back with a game plan and a coxswain and posted a distance of 675 meters, even with leaving 3 or 4 strokes out there once I knew I had a distance that would put me in the finals.
The finals pitted the top 3 men and top 4 women, 2 women had tied, against each other in a distance challenge: 600 meters for the men, 500 meters for the women.
As by far the shortest competitor, I knew I had to rely on my flexiblity to increase my stroke length. Though my technique fell off in the final 60 meters, I finished in only 1:42 seconds! Good enough to find out one of the women had finished in 1:31 seconds. She basically finished in what would be good enough for world record pace! Great job Diana!
If you get a chance, give the Indo-Row a try. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely incorporate it into my training if I had access to one.
I just got back from the 2011 DallasMania fitness convention. Man, have I been missing out! I initially had reservations that the convention was going to be "group fitness" oriented and the information was not going to be scientifically based.
Right on one count. It was definitely geared towards group fitness; however, there were lectures for everyone from management to personal trainers to sales. I attended only lectures and the information that I received was all scientifically based.
That being said, I did see some disappointments. In one class I saw two fitness professionals injured themselves on the BOSU Stack. Now, I think that BOSU makes a great product, especially the newest version without the annoying rubber feet. That being said, the design of the class was awful. I literally witnessed one participant wheeled off and, within half an hour, another had destroyed his knee, most likely permanently.
I learned some great things about management, legal advice for fitness professionals, marketing, posture, assessments, and corrective exercises.
All in all, even though I signed up late and had to pay full price, I feel like it was a great value. If you get the opportunity, I suggest attending next year.