Today's Cardio Topic: Rowing
Bay Path College has a rowing machine in the fitness center. Stop in and check it out!
Arms, legs, chest, back, abs—even your mind. Your whole body gets a complete workout from the efficient, rhythmic motion of rowing. Rowing is such a great exercise in so many different ways.
- Low-impact (easy on the knees and ankles)
- High calorie burner (because it uses so many muscle groups)
- Great for joint health (joints move through a wide range of motion)
- Upper body (completes the stroke)
- Lower body (the legs initiate the drive)
- Works the back and abs too!
- Superb aerobic fitness (great for cardiovascular fitness)
- Relieves Stress (for overall health and well-being)
- Source: Concept 2 Rowing
Rowing Basics (content from Concept 2 Rowing)The rowing stroke can be divided into two parts: The drive and the recovery.
You will learn a coordinated movement pattern built upon the following positions and phases:
The Recovery (Phase 1)
- Extend your arms until they straighten.
- Lean your upper body forward to the one o'clock position.
- Once your hands and the oar handle have cleared your knees, allow your knees to bend and gradually slide the seat forward on the monorail.
- Arms are straight; head is neutral; shoulders are level and not hunched.
- Upper body is at the one o'clock position—shoulders in front of hips.
- Shins are vertical and not compressed beyond the perpendicular.
- Balls of the feet are in full contact with the footplate.
- With straight arms and while maintaining the position of the upper body at one o'clock, exert pressure on the foot plate and begin pushing with your legs.
- As your legs approach straight, lean the upper body back to the eleven o'clock position and draw the hands back to the lower ribs in a straight line.
- Legs are extended and handle is held lightly at your lower ribs.
- Upper body is at the eleven o'clock position—slightly reclined with good support from your core muscles.
- Head is in a neutral position.
- Neck and shoulders are relaxed, and arms are drawn past the body with flat wrists.