Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Boys in the Boat

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown p. 50

"To achieve even a reasonably smooth and powerful stroke, they had to learn to execute a series of precisely timed and carefully coordinated moves. Facing the stern of the boat, each boy began with his chest bent over his knees, his arms stretched out in front of him, and both hands gripping the handle of his one long oar."

Rowing crew is quite the workout. It's estimated that a rower burns as many calories in a single race (15 minutes or so) as he would playing two basketball games back to back. It works almost every muscle in the body simultaneously.

4 comments:

Beth F said...

Funny -- this is the book that my husband and I plan to listen to on our next road trip. Enjoy

Kay said...

Wow. I love that quote. And it is true that rowing works so many muscles. I have a rowing machine here at home that I don't use as much as I should. Anyway, it is quite workout when one sticks with it. Arms feel like spaghetti. LOL

JLS Hall said...

Excellent teaser! I used to love my rowing machine, but it eventually fell apart and I've never replaced it. It did give a wonderful workout -- not sure I'd be up to it at my age now, though. This sounds like a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. I've never tried rowing, but it definitely looks like a difficult workout.
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