Check your kit for Easter training camp

If you or any of your loved-ones are about to head off to Easter training camp, then Crewroom has some first-class advice on how to prepare.

Now is the time to take stock and make sure you have everything you need. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your rowing training session to find that you don’t have that extra bit of kit you need to help you stay warm or dry.

Crewroom is always here to support you, so we are pleased to offer you some top tips from two people who should know how best to prepare.

Elite international rowers Charles Cousins (pictured above, left) and Jess Eddie (above, right) both have extensive experience of training camps and how to prepare for them to ensure you get the most out of your trip.

Charles and Jess, who are both Crewroom Ambassadors, have attended camps both at home and abroad. Jess has posted a special video which you can watch here and Charles says taking the right kit, and plenty of it, is key.

“I know it sounds obvious but have a think about where you are heading. It’s good to check the weather so you can gauge what you might need,” says Charles. “If it’s going to be cold I strongly recommend the North West Hoodie. It’s the warmest bit of kit I own. It’s versatile in that it’s stretchy enough to train in and it looks trendy enough to wear casually.

“If there is rain, make sure you have something waterproof to go as a top layer. My choice would be a Gilet, if it’s cold opt for a fleece, preferably a lined one.

"Also think about what training modalities you will be doing. If you are cross training, rowing-specific kit may not be the best for the job. A top like the Backdraft Top is great as it can be worn as base layer when you are exposed i.e. rowing or cycling. Or just as a top if you need something lighter, i.e running or weights. Other useful camp items include a visor. And always remember, it’s better to take too much, than not enough.”

And finally, one last piece of advice you wouldn’t expect from such a dedicated athlete as Charles – remember to take something fun to enjoy in your down time.

“As the old saying goes, ‘All work no play makes Jack a dull boy’,” adds Charles. “So try to also to take something fun to do. I usually take my guitar, a Rubik’s Cube and a good book. I also know people who take board games, juggling balls and telescopes. If you can fit your hobby into your bag, take it.”

Thanks, Charles, great advice!