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Greg B BS: Boat race disrupted... (165* d) RE: BS: Boat race disrupted... 08 Apr 12

The sport of rowing has contributed significantly to our understanding of the human cardiovascular system. There's some very interesting work done recently around age-predicted maximum heart rates that suggests that the old "220 - age" and similar formulas may not apply in the cases of well-trained athletes. Until now, they'd been thought of as pretty much as inevitable as death and taxes. Rowers work as hard and intensely as track and field athletes, but they do so sitting down. Where a runner might just fall down when they hit a certain point, the rower will probably work deeper into his cardiovascular limit, and find it sooner. In my own experience, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can push my heart rate to the wall sooner, and allow me to hold it for longer, than the rowing machine in the gym. Even the stair-mill, which is second best, doesn't come close. So while the external trappings of the sport may be socio-economically "elitist" the athletes themselves ought not to be taken lightly at all.

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