Winter Conditioning

We don't spend winter inactive. Each day from mid-November to early February, we train after school in order to ensure success for the spring season.

What is Winter Conditioning?

TJ Crew Winter Conditioning sessions take place at TJ each weekday after school from 4 PM to 6:15 PM. At winter conditioning, rowers will learn to use ergometers (or "erg"s) indoor rowing machines meant to simulate rowing on the water. Attending Winter Conditioning is highly recommended but not required for novice rowers, since the technique developed on the erg carries over to rowing on the water.

What forms do I need to submit?

In order to attend Winter Conditioning, you must complete the following forms:

  • Complete this Google Form.

  • Complete the following school paperwork and spring sport registration:

  • Create a family account on the new rSchool Athletic Registration portal.

  • Electronically complete the following:

    1. Concussion Education

    2. Emergency Care Card

    3. Weight Room Waiver

  • Register for Crew under spring sports. (Your registration is complete if the "Incomplete Registration" is gray. If it is blue, it is not complete.)

  • Complete the VHSL Pre-Participation Exam Form. (You must use the VHSL form and have it completed after May 1, 2021, in order to be valid for the 2021-22 school year.) Mail it to TJHSST, c/o Heather Murphy, Head Athletic Trainer, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. Do NOT email this form.

  • Complete the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form - and mail to TJHSST, c/o Heather Murphy, Head Athletic Trainer, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312 - or bring it to the first day of any in-person training.

What if I am playing a winter sport?

No problem! Anything that will get you into shape to row in the spring is a good use of your winter - aerobic sports like track, cross country, and swimming are especially beneficial. Just make sure you attend winter training whenever you get the chance so you can learn some of the basic techniques you'll need in the spring.