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Winter Training 2023-24

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

If you are new to AARC you please sign Joining Agreement & Rowing Waiver and select "Full Member."

Erging (The "erg" is an indoor rowing machine.)

This year we will be moving winter training venues to a new location just a stone’s throw from the boathouse. The Michigan Rowing Association and the Michigan Men's Rowing team have moved into the Riverfront Building, 1250 N Main St. There is 7,000 sq ft of space on the second floor with 70 rowing machines, sliders (make the erg dynamic and allow you to link machines together) and a “swingulator” which allows you to mimic the sweep motion.

We will be running 5 coached practices a week along with 2 captain practices in the space. Practices will be 75' long this year so we have a little more wiggle room to get a warm up, workout and finish with core building and stretching each practice.

If you are interested in getting the weekly training information sign up here for weekly training emails.

The cost for winter training will be $300. We will have a drop-in offering of $12 per session which coaches/captains will keep track and charge rowers' accounts at end of month.

Where: Riverfront Building, 1250 N. Main St. (near the entrance of the park on south side)
When: See table below

Start: December 3rd

End: March 30th

Closed for Holidays: December 23- Jan 6 (Typical 2 Week Closure)
Cost: The cost for winter training will be $300. Members may drop-in for $12 per session. Coaches/captains will keep track and charge rowers' accounts at end of month.

Sign up steps
1. Register and pay for winter erging participation 2023-2024:
2. Sign up for weekly erging practice sessions AFTER paying for winter erging: WINTER TRAINING SIGNUPS & INFO

Dec 2023-March 2024
Practice Schedule

Arrive at least 10 minutes early to start at time below

Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning (5:30-6:45 AM)   Coach
  Coach Captain
Morning (7:45-9 AM) Coach    
Evening (6:45-8 PM) Captain Coach   Coach

The new space has a view of the river!
AND Swingulator + Sliders!

Strength Training

Where: Advantage Personal Training (door to right of Ann Arbor Ice Cube's main doors) 2121 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
When: Saturdays at 7-8AM

Start: November 4th

End: March 30th

Sign up

There are 3 options:

Saturday "team workout" at 7AM:

  • Additional day per week: 22 sessions, $139/monthPURCHASE HERE

You will have access to any/all AARC sessions on Saturday mornings. Any missed sessions can be made up in our standing Personalized Strength Training sessions throughout the week (10 times available every day). 

Some AARC members participate in strength training at Advantage Strength during the winter months.  Owner, Brian Sipotz, offers a group training program for AARC members. 
Advantage Strength is excited to have AARC back in the gym for a 7th season of winter strength training. Resistance training is a great way to support winter erg training, as well as make improvements before getting on the water next year. You can expect to have a stronger core and back, be more efficient in your stroke and resist injury as you go through the season. These sessions are appropriate for any level, beginners to advanced. These will be "team training" sessions, which means the whole group will be doing the same program. We can still make changes to individual programs to work around injuries or limitations. We see a wide variety of abilities within our full-time members, so we are very well practiced at tweaking the program to fit your needs better. 
If you have questions about the program, feel free to reach out:


Robin Schultz-Purves, owner of Yoga Rising, is offering "Yoga for Athletes" This is an upbeat, moderately paced Vinyasa class with a focus on balance & recovery from athletic pursuits. It promotes stability and flexibility and is good for all levels.

With Yoga Rising, 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.



Sunday mornings: 9-9:45 am

Tuesday evenings: 6:00-6:45 pm

  Leslie Science Center: Wednesday evenings: 6:30-7:30pm - with a virtual option

  A2 YMCA: Thursday evenings: 5:30-6:30pm

Discounted price for AARC members: Register Here.
45 min class: $12 
1-hour class: $15

Questions?  Have a financial need? Contact


AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
AARC is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations made to AARC may be eligible for tax deduction.  Please check with your tax consultant.
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