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More training and plenty of calories!
Around the Academy:

James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent
Hey, there's no time to lie down on the job!

Matthew Pinsent

Two or three times a week, we'll spend our second session of the day in the gym.

Our gym is specifically set up for rowing, there aren't too many machines - mostly free weights.

We'll lift heavy weights for five or six reps to increase our power.

Sometimes we'll have a circuit session of roughly 15 stations, including press-ups and sit-ups.

We'll go around the circuit three or four times.

Both strength and endurance routines take about an hour-and-a-quarter which takes us through to lunch at about 1115.

If we're hungry enough we'll have three courses - maybe soup to start and a pasta main dish.

It's tough working out on a rowing maching
Rowing machines are vital to Pinsent's training
Sometimes, we'll eat a dessert if we're pushing the boat out!

Three times a week we'll have a third session in the day and we'll either have another row on the river again, or be in the gym on the rowing machines.

We'll probably do about another 45 minutes to an hour and our training day will finish at about 1400-1430.

The afternoon and evening is spent away from rowing, so we need to organise our diet for ourselves.

I tend to eat quite a bit in the late afternoon, but not so much in the evening.

Because we row about 200km in a week - about 10,000km a year - I need to consume somewhere between 4000-6000 calories a day.

I need a lot of fuel!

That just about wraps up the look at my training day.

I hope you'er not put off by the effort that goes into being a top-class rower - the rewards are well worth it!


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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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