Aerobic and Anaerobic thresholds

There is a nifty table in chapter 6 of Rowing Faster which provides targets for aerobic threshold (AeT) and Anaerobic Threshold (AnT) for different classes of rowers.

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Since I have these wattages from my recents tests, I thought I’d look at how I stacked up.

I weight about 195lbs (88KG).  So, in watts per Kg, my results were:

  • AeT : 2.16 W/kg
  • AnT : 3.20 W/kg

So, this lines up with my other tests, that my AnT is “better” than my AeT, and I should work to develop my aerobic base.


5 thoughts on “Aerobic and Anaerobic thresholds

  1. sanderroosendaal says:

    In those terms I would be on the high end:
    2k erg test 306W / 72kg = 4.25 W/kg = Upper end of “National”
    6k erg test 247W / 72kg = 3.43 W/kg = Mid Range for “National”

    I guess National = National level in the big rowing countries (GB, NZL, AUS, USA, GER, FRA, NED, ITA), so in that sense I really think the numbers are off.

    Even in a small rowing country like the Czech Republic I am not on par with the (Inter)National light weights. The elite group is so small that there isn’t much difference between National and International. I happen to share the club with a couple of guys who rowed the lightweight pair at a few World Cups this season. They are definitely much better in terms of power/weight ratio. These guys row 6:10 to 6:20 on the erg.

    Actually, in head races I am closer to the elite than on 2k races. Funny enough my numbers above would suggest otherwise.

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    • gregsmith01748 says:

      I think lightweight rowers would blow these numbers away. The thing about open weight rowers is that they tend to be huge!

      Lightweights are lean, mean, tall and hungry. All you guys need to do is imagine that there is a cheeseburger at the finish line and the hunger alone will add 20 watts.

      More seriously, I think that a better normalizing factor than weight would be height. A watts per cm number. I bet that is better correlated than watts per kg.


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