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Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell
Pinsent (left) is one of the world's finest oarsmen
Four-time Olympic rowing gold medallist Matthew Pinsent talks the Academy through a typical training day.


Matthew Pinsent


We meet at the club in Henley at about eight o'clock in the morning and start with a 10-to-15-minute warm up.

That could be stretching or time on the rowing machine or a jog down the tow path - anything that gets the body moving.

The first training session will be on the river and we'll row between 16-20 km, which takes roughly an hour-and-a-half.

There will be a certain intensity that we'll train to - sometimes we have a target heart race while other times we're trying to achieve a boat speed.

A few slices of tasty toast
Toast goes down a treat during training

But mainly it's endurance training - and there's no short cut to building stamina.

You could say we're a bit like a marathon runners, we all just have to put the miles in!

At around 0930-1000, we'll have a break for about an hour.

At that time, we'll have a drink to rehydrate ourselves and something to eat to replace our energy stores.

The kind of things we'll have are cereal, toast and jam or scrambled eggs.

Porridge is a favourite in the winter!


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Down on the river
A healthy appetite

Matthew Pinsent facts
Date of Birth: 10 October ,1970
Olympic gold medals: 4
Height: 1.95m
Weight: 110kg
Home: Henley-on-Thames
Club: Leander


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