Colin O'Brady's Extreme Training Routine for The Impossible Row

By: Discovery

How do you survive a nonstop row across the Drake Passage? With the hardest and coldest training routine you can think of.

To get ready for The Impossible Row, Colin O'Brady worked with trainer Mike McCastle to design a routine that combines strength training, cardio, and mental fitness.

The Arctic explorer trained relentlessly through various exercises to for the skills needed in this expedition.

From sitting in an ice cold tub for a full minute to walking through obstacles soaking wet, O'Brady feels finally ready to face the extreme physical and psychological challenges that await out in Antarctica.

"When we were preparing last year for my solo Antarctic crossing, he had me put my feet in ice buckets while I solved a lego puzzles so I could be prepared for the mental and physical challenge of the frozen continent." O'Brady writes on his Instagram. "For The Impossible Row, my training has still involved a lot of ice; it’s going to be cold and wet out there on the Drake! Key focus has been strengthening my upper body and back, stability and core work for the constantly moving seas, and strengthening my glutes and hamstrings as rowing is really a full body motion."

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