Row, row, row your boat briskly down the stream or rather row, row, your stationery boat while in the gym staring at the big screen watching the current golf game or soap opera like House of Cards–whatever during your time at the local gym. The newest craze is rowing the boat for upper and lower body strength and fitness. Actually, rowing is growing as a popular form of exercise, and healthy exercisers see it as a good form of physical fitness training for robust health.
Even on that popular Netflex show called “House of Card,” Claire Underwood gave her husband, Francis Underwood, a rowing machine to help his health and fitness; they “sweat off their sexual frustration and Machiavellian schemes on the rowing machine.” Another article on the Underwoods rowing activity entitled “House of Cards Spurs interest in Rowing machines, studios” tells how TV shows do stimulate people’s behavior even when it comes to working out routines.
One could purchase a rowing machine on the worldwide web. For example, Underwood’s rowing machine of choice is the WaterRower Classic, a pricey and popular home gym machine that starts at around $1,100. Amazon has a dedicated WaterRower page.
Furthermore, the world wide web shows a motley assortment of options for purchasing these rowing machines. One site advertises: “Top 5 Benefits of Using a Rowing Machine.” Learn why rowing may be a good fitness choice for you. Shop for rowing machines and save!”
Perhaps a better choice beside buying a big, clunky rower is found at the gym. Certainly, one can find at a health club substantial rowing specific equipment so one does not have to buy anything to begin rowing exercises. Truly, it is not necessary to get a boat and go to the water. There are many indoor rowing machines at 24 Hour Fitness or other health club facilities. Undoubtedly, rowing is considered physically strenuous for the whole body workout. Yet, it is easy on the joints unlike jogging or running. It may be a very high energy demanding activity and it will burn lots of calories as well as develop chest, arm, back, and shoulder muscles along with thigh and leg muscles along with overall cardiovascular conditioning.
A competitive rower is a very strong athlete. But we are not talking about those ivy league rowers here, instead we are thinking more about the workout person who is looking for variety since peddling a bicycle or jogging tends to grow repetitive and boring over time. It is smart idea to spice the weekly workout with a rowing day or two for overall fitness and strength. For sure, strength training is an important part to this type of rowing training. Peak power, strong endurance and good muscular endurance is a goal of a rowing training program. There are different conditioning elements important in a successful rowing routine for good aerobic exercise and improving endurance of the body. Usually, the traditional bodybuilding approach to weight lifting is not the ideal way to train for rowing.
There are many articles available for rowing training. Learning more about interval training endurance will be beneficial. That is instead of steady-state training all the time, try substituting interval workouts to improve endurance and rowing performance. Also, include flexibility exercise in your training program because increased flexibility will reduce risk of injury and always increase performance. Yoga is a good practice to help increase flexibility or pilates focuses on flexibility. Of course, always warm up first before jumping on the rower.
If “happiness is paddling a canoe on the river of life,” then get thee to your local health club where you can begin easily and slowly the simple routine of rowing a stationery boat on the floor of the gym. Nothing like a good rowing to feel refreshed and happy!