Update 1: Rowing Research

I began my project by conducting a literature review of existing information on body composition and rowing performance. The consensus of these studies is that lean body mass and VO2 max are the most strongly associated with rowing performance. This makes sense because rowing is estimated to be about 70% aerobic exercise, so this is obviously an important aspect of performance. Interestingly, lean body mass is highly correlated but so is weight. I found out rowers’ overall weight is not as important because they are supported by a boat, unlike runners who must support their entire body weight. I cannot find anything in the literature in regards to weight adjustment from the rowing machine to on the water performance. I think this will be an interesting area to explore more, but it might be too complex to analyze the data in this way. If so, I will be exploring how the distribution of fat and muscle affects rowing performance.

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