Each rules talk sends the sailors home with an assignment pertaining to the rule or call discussed in class. As far as fitness is concerned, the RWU team focuses on cardio intensive workouts. Running an average of 28 miles in the preseason and alternating between workouts specific to core and back strengthening, the goal is to emulate on-the-water-moves. Between the P90X AB Ripper, TRX core, and creative cardio intensive circuits (with squat jumps and kettlebell swings), the team experiences plenty of variety in the gym. To uphold a positive, collaborative team spirit, each sailor is assigned a specific workout time. With no less than six sailors per workout, each workout helps build a sense of togetherness. And though these workouts typically leave the sailors sore and tired, they are expected to “hit the gym” on their off days. “The month of off-the-water training is crucial. If the team comes back in peak physical condition and can retain all of the information from the classroom, it presents an advantage to our season as a whole,” says Callahan.