Sara Hendershot – How An Athlete Went From Broken And Overtrained To Strong And Resilient
(#272) The guest this week is Sara Hendershot, a two-time World Champion rower and 2012 Olympic athlete.
In this session, Sara shares her fascinating story of overcoming chronic injuries to become strong and resilient by focusing on strength and movement.
She covers the specific challenges she faced and what she did to address weakness and injury.
Sara is lifelong athlete and competitor, who began rowing in High School and continued her rowing career at Princeton University where she majored in Psychology.
Upon graduation, she earned her way on to the United States Women’s National team and became an elite rower competing in the Olympic games in 2012.
Here’s what you’ll this week:
- The chronic injuries she was dealing with as a top athlete
- The 2 most common injuries rowers deal with
- How she began to address “bad” movement issues
- The 3 big weaknesses that she discovered about her own body
- The counterintuitive approach she used to train at a higher level
- Major problems with her past training programs
- How she trains today to optimize health and performance
- Her experience with Olympic Weightlifting
- How she approaches training with her athletes
- The “erg score” and how it’s used
- Her top method to address posterior chain development
- The technical aspects of rowing – how technical is it?
- How she likes to train “core development”
- What tool she likes the most for shoulder health
- What was the “hook” for Sarah and the sport of rowing
- The downside of rowing…
- Most common misunderstandings about the sport of rowing
- What makes a rowing athlete great?
- Helpful advice to any rower to avoid injury
- How her approach to fitness today compares to 2012
- What was the highlight of her athletic career?
- The hidden surprise she discovered along her path as an athlete
- Her top book recommendations and why…
- Actionable closing advice and more…
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KEY INSIGHTS FROM THIS EPISODE:
- How to address weak links by focusing on movement and strength
- Why it’s important to embrace the process
- Why technique matters so much in any sport
- How to effectively train 3 common problem areas
- Lessons learned about strength and movement
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