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Rowing Your Way to Fitness in Oklahoma


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Whether you have steady sea legs or never stepped foot on a boat, rowing is the latest trend in fitness, and we think this trend is here to stay. Rowing works almost every area in your body, giving you a complete full-body and cardio workout. If spin class isn’t your favorite and you really don’t enjoy running, could rowing be the workout you’ve been waiting for?

Learn more about this fast and fun workout, whether you’ll be sitting pretty on an indoor rowing machine or enjoying the fresh air with an outdoor row.

The Basics of Rowing

Did you know rowing is actually all about the legs? Most people assume rowing is primarily an upper-body workout, but it requires the legs to do the heavy lifting. The legs create power during a rowing stroke, and the explosive action propels the rest of your body to finish the movement. While rowing does work your arms and core, a strong drive with your legs will push you further. After your initial leg movement, you will engage the muscles in your back and core, and then follow through with your arms.

Indoor rowing is perhaps the most common form of the sport, because most people have access to a gym, while rivers and lakes are not as readily available. Called the “ERG” (short for ergometer), a rowing machine may actually give you a tougher workout than rowing outdoors. When rowing on an ERG, you can set specific goals, complete interval training and increase the difficulty of the workout, depending on your goals.

To avoid injury, it’s crucial to maintain proper posture. There are four components to a successful rowing stroke: the catch, the drive, the finish and the recovery. Remember, the process of rowing is a fluid movement, where each move leads into the next position. You will always start and finish with “the finish” movement.

Rowing for Beginners: Where to Start?

If you’re interested in picking up rowing as a hobby, you can either visit your local gym and use an ERG machine, or take rowing lessons to master the form and precision that rowing requires. Riversport Adventures in Oklahoma City offers classes for rowing beginners.

On average, rowing at a moderate pace for 30 minutes can burn between 200 to 300 calories. Of course, this number will vary depending on your height, weight and other health considerations. As always, consult your doctor before beginning a new activity.

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