written by Cheryl Richards
Rowing is fun! It also conditions more than just your upper body. Rowing is 60% lower body, 20% upper body and 20% core. It’s the ultimate cross training for everyone from cyclists, who need to build more upper body strength, to people who are dealing with rehabilitation and recovery. You can have all ages and abilities in one class! The beauty of the Crew class is the same workout session can be completed at different paces. It’s adaptable, and anyone can do it!
Six reasons to row:
The biggest myth about rowing is that it’s all upper body. It’s actually a full body, low impact, killer strength and cardio workout. You are working 9 major muscle groups: quads, hamstrings, glutes, lats, core, shoulder, triceps, back and biceps. Posture is a huge benefit from rowing. And of course you are jump-starting your cardiovascular system!
The reason why rowing is good for rehabilitation is because it’s a much lower impact alternative to other workouts.
If you’re doing a rowing workout at home alone, it’s not quite the same. During a HAC Crew Class, team spirit is emphasized just like in an actual boat race. The monitors on each rowing machine track and measure total time, distance, calories, current strokes per minute, and pace. Friendly competition between participation is encouraged and promotes camaraderie.
EASY TO LEARN
The movements are simple, so there’s no need to worry about a learning curve. Participants get the basics down quickly.
YOU’RE IN CONTROL
Resistance is created by how hard you push or pull, so you control the level of your own workout. The Indo-Row machines actually use 17 liters of water, (that even make sloshing sounds), as resistance. So the harder you push or pull, the faster the water is going to move.
In a rowing class you can burn between 400 and 600 calories in less than an hour. Of course this would depend on the intensity of the effort from the individual.
So if you are looking to enhance your workout or give yourself a real kick in the glutes, try a HAC Crew rowing class for a TOTAL BODY workout!