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Winter Training 2017-18

We encourage and welcome all AARC members to participate in winter training! It's a great way to stay connected with the team, stay fit, improve strength and technique and be ready to row in the Spring.

If you are new to AARC you MUST sign the Joining Agreement/Waiver to participate in winter training. Follow this link and select "Full Member." If you are a guest and don't plan on becoming a member, you still need to sign the waiver. Follow this link and select "Guest."

This year, we are offering 4 separate components for winter training and there are a few changes to how we are doing things from past years. We are trying to better align costs with usage of these programs and to lower costs to members wherever possible.  Please read carefully and send any questions you have to

The winter training season runs Dec 4, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018 (closed for holiday Dec 23 - Jan 6).  
  • AARC will be at Terra Firma Rowing, at 210 Collingwood Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103, second floor, north end.
  • Price: $150 for the season 
  • There will be two sessions:

Session 1: Morning MWF 6-7am   (closed for holiday Dec 23 - Jan 6)
Session 2: Evening T,Th 6:30-7:30pm, Sat 8am 
(closed for holiday Dec 23 - Jan 6)                      

  • Each session will consist of 2 coached practices and 1 captain’s practice weekly.
  • Rowers attend the practices in the session they sign up for, but can take open seats in the other session, if available.
  • We will sell 36 erg seats in November (to cover rent and coaching fees).
  • The facility can accommodate 12 ergs/rowers per class, but if not all ergs are being used regularly, we will open up registration again after December.
  • NEW! Members can see if the seats are full or open on a particular day by using a free app, RosterBot, that allows members to “check-in” for days they are planning to come. More details to come.
  • Drop-ins are welcome, as space permits, and rowers are on the honor system to sign a Guest Rower waiver and pay the drop in fee ($7.50 per practice). How to do it:
    1. Sign the Guest Rower waiver if the rower hasn’t signed an AARC waiver in the past year -- from the website menu bar at the top, select  MENU >Join Us > Joining Agreement/Waiver> Select Guest Rower.
    2. Drop in fee is paid as a donation to the club for $7.50 per practice. Again, from the website menu bar at the top, select MENU >> Fees & Registration >>Donations.


Strength Training

A popular program for the last couple years -- Strength Training for Rowers with Advantage Strength & Conditioning (ASC).  Brian Sipotz, at ASC, has setup an AARC "team workout" on Saturday mornings at 7:30am. These will start on December 2nd, and go through the last Saturday in March.

NEW! In addition to the 7:30am session, which is open to rowers of all levels, Brian will also start December with a "First Timers" group Saturdays at 10:30 so you can get your feet wet with some intro workouts where the group will work on building strength and learning the major movements used in training. This will help you understand why we do what we do, and how it will help you in your boat and in your life! 


There are 2 options:

Option 1: If you are only going to do the Saturday strength training workouts:

Option 2: If you would like to come more than once/week in addition to Saturday class: Get more out of this winter by choosing the AARC Advantage Membership and get unlimited classes each month. With that, you get the Saturday team sessions and as many additional classes as you'd like throughout the week. Classes are 6, 7, 8am, and 230, 530, 630, 730pm.  *only available for members of the Ann Arbor Rowing Club. 

  •  $149/month for the duration on AARC winter training ($100 off the standard month-to-month!).Purchase Here



Robin Schultz-Purves, owner of Yoga Rising, is back offering a Sunday morning 1 hour, slow flow, heat building Vinyasa class.


Rowers of all levels can increase their mobility & flexibility in a judgment free environment. Classes offer a combination of relaxation and challenge, bring balance to body and mind, and enable students to leave every class feeling better than when they walked in. Props and modifications are offered for proper alignment and ease in postures.


Sundays 9:30 to 10:30 AM Register Here

Discounted price for AARC members: $10 class

Flexibility- Range of Motion
For interested members, whether doing erging with us or not this winter, you can participate in a “Range of Motion” testing program that is designed for rowers by Terra Firma Rowing. You’ll have an option to join 2-3 classes:
  • At the first session, the rower is paired with a partner who records notes on various range of motion measurements. The group learns some stretches/exercises/techniques to expand past limitations.
  • Midway through winter, there is a checkpoint for the group
  • In March, a final evaluation takes place to measure progress

Cost is $10 for each rower, each time, participating in the organized sessions, so we’ll have links on the website to help you connect with Jason to schedule the baseline, checkpoint and final measurement.

*AARC Membership
If you are new to AARC you MUST sign the Joining Agreement/Waiver to participate in winter training. Follow this link and select "Full Member."

Members may also bring guests as drop-in participants to particular sessions but they also have to Follow this link and select "Guest."


Questions? - email

AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
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