ROWCrew Spotlight: Elena Engles

Hey Elena! We heard were a collegiate rower, which school did you row for and which seat were you in? Tell us a little bit about your experience with the team :D

I sat bow (the first seat you see when the boat moves forward) in the 4, and stroke in the 8 (last seat of the boat).  It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but I'm so happy I had the experience. It really taught me the value of grit, teamwork, and passion. We had 20 hours a week of practice practice 6 days a week.  Monday-Friday at 6 am, and Saturday at 7 am.  After the morning practices we had 3 days a week of lifting in the afternoon, and 2 on your own workouts on the erg. Usually one of the workouts on the erg was an 'Hour of Power', with the goal to have the average split time under a 2:10.  Disney movies helped me get through those Hours of Power. Our 60 girl team was very competitive, and depending on the season we would frequently test 6k and 2k, for team rankings and to see which boat you made.  

You just got married, congratulations! Are you planning on staying active/working out during your honeymoon? What kind of activities will you be doing, if so?

Alex and I are going to New Zealand for 2-3 weeks in December.  We both love adventure vacations, so we will doing a ton of activities while we're on the north and south islands.  We plan on going rafting, hiking, kayaking, sailing and biking with a little bit of beach time to recover.  One of the hikes we are most looking forward to is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the best one-day hikes in the country, and it is coincidentally where they filmed the Mordor scenes in the Lord of the Rings.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

I'm an Oklahoma girl, so a steak with red-wine mushrooms sauce with mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, finished off with a warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookie served with some Blue Bell ice cream

What is one thing you like to tell clients who are new to ROWing?

Technique first, then focus on getting the most out of your workout.  In the beginning, technique will take you farther than power.  Once you master the technique then pair it with a powerful stroke, you'll be able to increase your strength and endurance.