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Register now for DCSRC Strength Training

DC Strokes is pleased to offer a new program: Pre-season Strength and Explosiveness Training.

This small group class will focus on building strength and explosive conditioning, two foundational components for a stellar rowing season. Rowers will participate in a 10-week program that links work in the gym with power in the boat. Each session will incorporate individualized training and feedback, in a lively and supportive small-group atmosphere.

No previous strength training is necessary, and all exercises and activities can be adapted to each person’s fitness profile.

Classes will be held at Jade (1310 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE), a private gym tailored to small-group classes and individual fitness sessions. They have a strict cleaning regimen and adhere to all city COVID protocols. Cardio workouts will be provided for participants to do on their own as requested.

We have two options for classes, and will select one based on the preferences of those who sign up first:

  • 6:00 - 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Classes begin January 11th and will continue through the third week of March, with a total of 18 classes. Class size will be capped at eight participants. Cost is $600 per person. Sign up at the link below:


About Us

Sweep boat on the Anacostia River at dusk

Evening on the Anacostia River

DC Strokes Rowing Club (DCSRC) is committed to building an inclusive environment, fostering personal growth, and promoting a spirit of sportsmanship. DCSRC programs offer opportunities for all rowers, regardless of experience level. Today, DCSRC is one of only a handful of dedicated, independent LGBTQ+ rowing clubs in the world, along with the Chicago Rowing Union, the San Francisco Bay Blades, the London Otters in England, and the Melbourne Argonauts in Australia.

The team began in 1991 with eight gay runners looking for a cross-training activity, some old rented equipment, and a lot of enthusiasm. It took only two or three years for the team to grow into a cohesive organization that was competing regularly and ready to make the commitment to purchase racing shells and other equipment. Originally rowing on the Potomac River, DCSRC became a proud member of the Anacostia Community Boathouse in 2004 and now rows on the Anacostia River. DCSRC is also a member organization of USRowing Association.

DCSRC holds fast to the conviction that LGBTQ+ rowers can be formidable athletes and competitors.  Our goal is for DCSRC to be a platform for competitive success and to increase the profile of LGBTQ+ rowers in the rowing community while promoting a spirit of camaraderie amongst our members.  Our programs are open to all rowers, and we aspire foremost to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ rowers and their allies.



Building on a legacy of inclusion as the Nation’s oldest LGBTQ+ rowing club, DC Strokes Rowing Club (DSCRC) offers access to the competitive sport of rowing to people of all backgrounds and athletic abilities in the greater Washington, DC area at their home in the Anacostia River by:

  • Providing an opportunity for people to learn, develop, compete, and succeed in a supportive environment,
  • Developing outreach programs that promote general fitness, rowing, and environmental stewardship to individuals who might otherwise not have such opportunities,
  • Empowering and raising the visibility of LGBTQ+ athletes.


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