Please select your home edition
Edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90

Specialist SailGP workout brings the challenge of high-performance sailing to fitness fans

by Sail GP 14 Jun 2019 11:40 PDT 21-22 June 2019
Specialist SailGP workout brings the challenge of high-performance sailing to fitness fans © SailGP

Today, the new high-intensity international sailing championship SailGP launched a unique fitness workout that mirrors the extreme physical challenge of the world's fastest sail racing.

Designed for fitness fans looking for a new challenge, the workout demonstrates the immense levels of endurance SailGP's world-class athletes need during a competition, by recreating the moves that they undertake during a high-pressure 16-minute race.

Created in collaboration with SailGP's specialist team of fitness trainers, this high-intensity interval training routine is a combination of strength, conditioning, agility and endurance training - recreating the different pressures that SailGP athletes experience - to prepare them for competition. As the F50 catamarans used in SailGP are identical in design, specification and technology, the racing becomes a true test of fitness and skill. Therefore, these specialist programs are vital to ensure the athletes are at peak fitness to fly the 2.4-ton boat across the water quicker than their competitors.

SailGP is sailing redefined: the only inshore global championship in which world-class crews compete for their countries on the world's fastest sail racing boats, in some of the most iconic harbor locations around the globe. Combining adrenaline-filled racing with innovative technology, this spectator-friendly competition is the new frontier in high-performance sailing. The competition comprises five events in its inaugural 2019 season, with the winner of Season 1 receiving a $1 million prize.

"For anyone out there who's attempting to try this, it's going to build structural resilience that will help your fitness as well as functional strength. The workout involves the physical attributes needed when sailing these extreme flying boats - agility, coordination, strength and endurance," said United States SailGP Team trainer Craig McFarlane.

The specialist SailGP Workout includes four minutes of strength endurance featuring the use of barbell exercises and jumping pull ups. This is followed by a six-minute heart rate-focused conditioning block, with high intensity rowing, burpees and ball slams. In this section, heart rates are elevated to 85-95 percent of their maximum, replicating the levels achieved by the athletes during the races.

The intensive workout ends with 8 minutes of metabolic conditioning training - a mixture of strength, conditioning and agility exercises. With reps of kettle bell swings, dead ball pick-ups, and pyramid shuttles, the heart rate is raised to mirror the athletes' metabolic endurance required during grinding bursts and crossing the boat while travelling at high speeds.

The full 20-minute workout can burn over 300 calories. During the competition, the athletes achieve this level of output three times over, back-to-back, each day they compete. Over the course of a race day, athletes can burn between 1,200-2,200 calories - with the grinders achieving the maximum level.

"Just like our incredible championship, this workout is high drama, high energy and high performance," said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. "Our athletes are at the peak of their careers with extraordinary athleticism, talent and physical abilities. We've created this workout to allow people to push beyond their boundaries and to test themselves to see if they have the resilience and strength required to be a SailGP athlete."

The SailGP Workout is available in detail at the website for fans to challenge themselves at home.

Related Articles

Denmark SailGP Team: Episode 2
Focusing on resilience with grinder Martin Kirketerp The second episode of 'Inside the Denmark SailGP Team' focuses on resilience, and no one embodies this quality more than grinder Martin Kirketerp. Posted on 4 Aug
French player qualifies for eSailGP Grand Final
MCES pepito claims penultimate spot following Pop-Up Qualifier Following a closely fought virtual battle, the penultimate place in the eSailGP Grand Final has been claimed. MCES pepito beat Javinho of Spain in a nail-biting match race to secure France's first spot in the inaugural championship final Posted on 4 Aug
The inside story of the Denmark SailGP Team
Episode 1 of a a new, behind-the-scenes mini documentary series SailGP and Team ROCKWOOL Racing have launched a new, behind-the-scenes mini documentary series covering the inside story of the Denmark SailGP Team as it prepares for Season 2 of SailGP in 2021. Posted on 22 Jul
Catch up with the SailGP athletes
The second monthly update from SailGP This month the main focus is on the world class athletes. Go behind the scenes with the new kids on the block – the Spain SailGP Team – plus learn more about what makes the athletes tick when we uncover the mantras and mottos they live by. Posted on 27 Jun
Video Replay: New York SailGP 2019 Day 2
Stakes as high as ever for Rome Kirby and United States SailGP Team With the stakes as high as ever for Rome Kirby and United States SailGP Team, did they fend off the competition in Tom Slingsby's Australia SailGP Team? Posted on 14 Jun
Video Replay: New York SailGP 2019 Day 1
Relive the action on the Hudson River We're re-living the excitement from New York SailGP 2019, with the stakes as high as ever for Rome Kirby and United States SailGP Team, did they fend off the competition in Tom Slingsby's Australia SailGP Team? Posted on 13 Jun
SailGP and Oracle Winning Calls content series
Exploring the league's innovative use of data during the world's fastest sail racing Series features virtual race-viewing events with SailGP athletes to explore the league's innovative use of data during the world's fastest sail racing. Posted on 27 May
SailGP auctions ride on fastest race boat
Rome Kirby and U.S. SailGP Team accept the "All In Challenge" SailGP and the United States SailGP Team have joined the growing list of celebrities, sports teams and leagues taking part in Fanatics' "All In Challenge" to support COVID-19 relief. Posted on 15 May
SailGP calls time-out for 2020
SailGP has determined that its racing must remain suspended for the remainder of 2020 SailGP has determined that its racing must remain suspended for the remainder of 2020. Consequently, SailGP Season 2 events will be rescheduled for 2021. Posted on 4 May
Video Replay: San Francisco SailGP 2019 Day 2
Can the Americans go all the way? Will Slingsby's Australians continue their hot streak? Are you ready for the high-stakes action from Day 2 of the 2019 San Francisco SailGP? Can the Americans helmed by Rome Kirby go all the way? Do Tom Slingsby's Australians continue their hot streak? Re-live all the drama in real time. Posted on 4 May
Cyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERSOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 Bottom