Rowing has long been a favorite of gym rats and CrossFit enthusiasts, but it’s also a fantastic sport. Its simple, brute force nature lends itself to being easy to learn but hard to master.
This makes it an excellent choice for athletes just beginning their training or those who want to challenge themselves with something new. If you’re looking to get in shape or want to try a new kind of workout, rowing is the right choice. Here are four reasons why:
It trains your awareness, focus, and control
Rowing is an excellent way to develop an awareness of your body and how it moves. It’s also an opportunity to become more aware of your surroundings, which will help you in other aspects of life. Finally, rowing requires that you pay attention to the task at hand; otherwise, you will fall off the machine.
In addition to improving these skills, rowing trains you to control your breath and muscles: You have no choice but to breathe in a rhythm when rowing because otherwise, you will lose control of the boat (and possibly yourself). Similarly, if a rower doesn’t monitor their hand movements as they row, they risk losing power behind each stroke.
Rowing builds team unity and support
Rowing is a team sport, and the best part about rowing is that each individual can positively impact their teammates. For example, if you’re struggling with a workout or feeling off your game but can maintain a good body position, you’re helping your entire crew reach their maximum potential.
This kind of camaraderie allows rowers to push themselves further than they know they can. One way you can do this is by participating in a performance awareness challenge where you can cross-train with world-class athletes.
This will allow you to get comfortable with the feeling of being under pressure while balancing on the stern of a boat while trying not to fall overboard.
Improves your balance
You will be using your whole body, including your core and lower back, to row correctly. This means you will be working on core strength and balance in a way that other workouts don’t allow for.
When you row, you will be using your arms, legs, and shoulders to move the boat forward. The rowing motion forces these muscles to work together to move the boat through the water without tipping over.
Rowing also helps improve your cardiovascular fitness by increasing your oxygen intake from breathing while rowing and allowing your heart to pump blood through your body more efficiently.
Rowing helps you lose weight and gain muscle
Rowing is an excellent way to burn calories and lose weight. It’s an aerobic activity that can also help build muscle mass so that you look more toned and well-defined than ever before.
In addition to increasing the number of calories burned daily, rowing also improves cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure.
To lose weight effectively with rowing, you should aim for at least 30 minutes per session daily (but avoid overexertion) and ensure your diet is rich in vegetables and whole grains. The more fiber you eat, the better your digestion will be, which will allow your body to release more energy from food as fuel for exercise.
Rowing also helps you sleep better because it helps keep your body active during the day—which helps prevent sleep disorders such as insomnia.
Rowing is a sport that requires well-rounded athleticism, strategic thinking, and incredible stamina. It’s also one of the few sports where you compete with your teammates as opposed to against them—which can be a lot more fun!
And, of course, it’s not just fun—it’s good for you too. Since rowing is such an efficient full-body workout, it has the potential to improve your cardiovascular health and help you build lean muscle mass.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and row!