Getting a boat, even an inflatable one, is not just for fishing and romantic evenings on the water but is also a great exercising tool. Rowing is a good way to improve your fitness by enhancing your endurance and upper body strength. However, when you start to do any rowing fitness, make sure you know what you are doing to avoid unpleasant injuries. You’ll be on your way to getting larger forearms, stronger shoulders and a chiselled back. Get some tips on how to row safely and get your desired outcome.
On the Lake.
Before you begin to row, depending on where and what you are rowing in, there are many details to consider. If you are on a lake and taking your inflatable beast out, you will need to pay attention to your environment as well as your technique. Also, make sure your boat is safe and you have all the necessities aboard in case of emergency.
In the Gym.
If you hit your local gym for a good rowing work out, you need to familiarise yourself with the rowing equipment. Learn how to use it so you do not hurt yourself, or ask professionals for help.
Rowing gets all of your muscle groups involved. You need to move your arms, legs and torso systematically in order to row properly – therefore it is not just an upper body work out. Basically, you need to be seated with your legs out in front of you and your arms holding oars. As soon as the correct position is taken, you then need to pull back in order to simulate a rowing motion. Press your legs forward and arch your back as you work your shoulders. Now repeat the motion of bringing your arms back forward as you bend your legs.
Why Should You Row?
Rowing involves almost all of the muscle groups, therefore it tones and strengthens all of them. The burning pain during rowing is your first indicator that it is working. Most likely, arms and shoulders will be the first areas to start hurting. Don’t worry! This is how they get stronger. Rowing on the water might be slightly different – people often get carried away when working out in the wild and do not even notice any pain until they relax. In the gym, the burning feeling is most likely to last throughout the entire workout.
Needless to say, rowing is not just a strength exercise but definitely an aerobic type of activity. While rowing, you increase your heart rate, burn calories and over time lose weight. Regular rowers are generally very fit, toned and lean people whether they row out in nature or in a gym.
Go and find yourself a boat if you are up for rowing, or explore your gym’s equipment for stronger arms, shoulders, legs and back.