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Ratzeburg method


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A training method devised in the 1950s by the West German coach Karl Adam and used by the rowing club Ratzeburg R.C. The Ratzeburg method is a combination of interval training (to achieve peak aerobic fitness) and weight lifting (to obtain strength endurance). The interval training was based on that used by track athletes, but was performed in boats. Rowers were encouraged to use the same weight-lifting techniques as competition lifters, and were expected to move the barbell swiftly; rest between sets was kept to a minimum. Between 1956 and 1965, members of Ratzeburg R.C. won three European titles, an Olympic title, and a silver medal in the world championship eights.

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