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East Tennessee Rowing offers multiple group coached rowing training options to get you active on Fort Loudon Lake. No previous rowing experience is needed to get started as every program offered has an intro level to teach the fundamentals.  Programs for men and women that provide team-based training with accountability, direction and encouragement to get you into shape with a lower risk of injury. Almost anyone can row regardless of age or level of fitness. It’s a sport that can be enjoyed lifelong. Our athletes leave each day feeling accomplished and healthier.


Rowing looks graceful, elegant, and sometimes effortless when it is done well those who have experienced it know there’s nothing quite like it. The sport stresses timing, endurance, strength, balance, discipline, and an ability to continue when your body is demanding that you stop. Workouts are completely scaled to each athlete abilities to allow for continual fitness improvements. Rowing offers practical health and fitness benefits as a great low-impact aerobic workout that involves over 80% the body's major muscle groups leading to healthy body composition, improves the cardio-respiratory system, stimulates weight loss, supports cardiovascular health, and develops muscle strength.


Rowing is not a drop-in sport, like a spin or yoga class.  It takes being there to learn and practice the stroke, and how to blend what you are doing with the other rowers in the boat. As rowing is the ultimate team sport, an empty seat means a less than satisfactory row for everyone else in the boat.  The coaches spend large amounts of time planning lineups based not only on who can row on each side, but also on considerations such as rowers’ relative strength, experience, and rowing style.  


Our award-winning coaching staff is passionate about the sport of rowing and is committed to promoting the fitness in young athletes not just to create good athletes, but of exceptional people. Each session is led by our nationally certified coaches using time-tested workouts that have produce some of the world’s best-conditioned athletes


Training is conducted out of the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center [3452 Louisville Road, Louisville] on Fort Loudon Lake, next to Louisville Point Park just off Topside Rd, a convenient 20-minute drive from West Knoxville and Farragut along the Pellissippi Parkway, from downtown Knoxville using Alcoa Hwy, or anywhere in Blount County. During the winter months or in the event we have inclement weather, or it gets cold we can move to our indoor strength and condition facility Watt Street Gym [259 E. Watt Street, Alcoa].


East Tennessee Rowing members are required to register with USRowing and complete a waiver BEFORE they get on the water. Summer Camp and Learn-to-Row athletes are asked to complete a paper waiver in its place. USRowing is charging $5.75 for the Basic membership. To access USRowing Membership Portal visit website: https://membership.usrowing.org

In the Individuals box, hit "Join". Fill out your personal info and enter " East Tennessee Rowing Organization" as the Club or Team Name. Select ETRO from the search results and in the next popup window, enter Club Access Code: HWTWE. Follow the instructions on the website to proceed through the waiver. There are four questions from USRowing as part of their educational outreach, answer them, these are not a test. You may close the tab when you receive confirmation of your waiver submission.


Coach .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 865-850-4649


Hope to see you out on the water!