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A Different Kind of Winter 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. About the instructor: Sue Jacoby is a certified ACE fitness trainer who believes movement can bring great joy. She is a DC Strokes alumna who had the great pleasure of rowing in numerous regattas including the Head of the Charles and in the Gay Games in Denmark, Norway. After rowing she became an avid powerlifter, finding she had an affinity for“picking up and putting down really heavy things” (which led to a national deadlifting record). Today you can find her in the gym, on her Peleton, or happily walking her dog Liam (who will be joining her during classes).


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