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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

1999.

"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

Princeton University."

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.

Open House, Momentum Fitness, 377 Wall Street, Research

Park, 609-430-1050. Thursday, February 4, 5:30 p.m.


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