Training and Testing
Both of the squads are tested rigorously from the moment they start training in September, with many hopeful athletes being cut from the squads along the way. The squads will train two or three times a day, usually with a morning session in the gym on rowing machines or using weights, followed after a day at college by an afternoon or evening session on the water.
Modern, professional testing techniquies are used throughout the year, enabling the coaches to monitor a variety of factors which will help them ascertain improvement or otherwise in performance, and tailor their training programmes to each individual.
It is estimated that for every stroke taken in The Boat Races itself the crews will have rowed 600 in practice.