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Total Body Workout
Rowing exercises all the major muscle groups: legs, arms, back, abdominals and buttocks. Legs provide most of the power of the rowing stroke; your upper body adds the rest. Rowing is one of the few aerobic activities that can actually strengthen your back.
Rowing exercises muscles through a wider range of motion than most other exercises, thereby improving and maintaining flexibility around some of the major joints. This also makes the exercise more satisfying because the rower has a sense of motion.
Rowing provides aerobic conditioning as well as strength conditioning.
Rowing is a great calorie burner. Recent research showed that rowing burns calories faster than biking at the same perceived level of exertion. In other words, it feels easier to burn more calories while rowing than to burn more calories while biking.
Rowing is a lifelong sport, able to be enjoyed by all ages, from kids to grandparents.
Rowing is a smooth, rhythmic motion that is impact free.
Rowing is versatile: you can row indoors or out, on water or on land, competitively or not, intensely or easily.
Rowing is time efficient. It doesn’t take long to get a great workout that offers all of the features listed above.
Fun and camaraderie!
When you spend hours on the water, typically at dawn, you find a wonderful camaraderie with your crew. Following this up with breakfast at our local cafe, you find fun, just like a family. When you take it to the next level as a participant in competitive regattas, you cement those relationships into a joyous part of your life.