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Open House for Rowers
This article was published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on February 3, 1999. All rights reserved.
Mike Porterfield, assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s
Rowing Team, has come to Princeton every summer since 1989, as an
athlete first, then as a coach. He rowed for Northeastern University
in Boston, and was a member of the U.S. team for five season. Now
he’s the first full-time assistant coach, helping coach Mike Teti
prepare a squad for the 2000 Olympic team.
Porterfield and members of the U.S. men’s team will be present at
the Momentum Fitness Open House on Thursday, February 4, at 5:30 p.m.
The club is located at 377 Wall Street in Research Park, off Route
206, across from the Princeton Airport.
The open house will showcase the club’s new group rowing program.
The U.S. team has been instrumental in helping Momentum Fitness implement
this program in Princeton, one of the rowing capitals of the nation.
The Princeton University boat house has been the U.S. team’s training
camp for many years, and the Olympic team trained intensively on Carnegie
Lake in preparation for their competition at the 1996 Olympic Games
in Atlanta. The team won the Men’s Eight in the World Rowing Championships
in 1997 and ’98 (in the photo above the rowers, with Coach Teti, center,
and Porterfield to the left of him, have just received their 1998
medals in Cologne, Germany). The team is aiming for a three-peat in
"Group rowing has appealed to a huge range of our members,"
says Dorothy Cummings, Momentum program director. "Whether you
are a seasoned athlete or a new fitness enthusiast, group rowing provides
a very challenging workout. Rowing is an incredibly effective form
of exercise that increases strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular
capacity with no impact to the body, making it appropriate for all
age groups and fitness levels."
Porterfield says it’s a common misconception that rowing works only
the upper body. "Rowing is very much a lifetime sport like tennis
or golf," he says, "because there is no impact and no contact.
You’re not encumbered by age and size. It’s a cardio-vascular sport
that works all your muscles, predominantly the major ones — your
legs, your lower back and your heart.
"It’s an outdoor sport, of course, and a lot of times people are
introduced to the sport through rowing machines and health clubs.
Then they go outside and they get hooked, or they don’t get hooked.
Rowing outside is a beautiful experience, and Carnegie Lake is probably
one of the best places in this country to row. The Carnegie Rowing
Association is a great club that shares facilities and equipment with
Visitors to the Momentum open house can watch the U.S. Rowing Team
working out. And Chris Ives, a representative of Concept II, manufacturers
of premiere rowing machines, will teach a group class. U.S. team members
have been involved with the training of the club’s instructors, and
they also teach about five classes per week at the club.
Park, 609-430-1050. Thursday, February 4, 5:30 p.m.
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