5 Powerful Reasons to Incorporate Rowing Into Your Workouts

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Rowing is one of the most effective forms of exercise, but not everybody knows this.  While we’re taught at a young age to run and bike, most of us are not taught how to row.  This is unfortunate because the benefits of rowing are endless, and it just takes one session of proper instruction before you’re able to realize incredible health benefits.  Some of you understand this full well, but for those who have never been on a rower before, here are 5 powerful reasons to add rowing workouts to your repertoire:

1.   Full-Body Workout

Rowing is a full-body workout that uses almost every major muscle group in the body.  Rowing hits the lats, quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs, obliques, lower back, shoulders, and arms.  In fact, 86% of a rower’s muscles are engaged on each stroke.  That’s a lot!  And by the way, since rowers are using so many muscles at once, they are also elevating their heart rate, all of which make rowing a much more efficient workout than running or spinning, both of which primarily use the lower body.  Rowing hits it all!

2.   Efficient Calorie Burn

Rowing can burn upwards of 1,000 calories per hour.  Moreover, rowing can burn two to three times the amount of calories as spinning or running, and unlike a bike, which only has resistance in one direction, rowing has resistance in both directions – forward and back – making you much stronger and increasing the rate at which you burn calories.  So if you’re looking to torch calories…look no further, start rowing!

3.   Low-Impact

Rowing is a low-impact exercise, making it an extremely safe form of cardio.  It is easy on your joints – especially your knees and ankles – and can be performed at high endurance levels by nearly everyone, and without fear of injury.  It is also beneficial for joint health since rowing moves your joints through such a large range of motion.

4.   Variability

Rowing machines create greater opportunity for variability because it is so easy to transfer on and off.  The Rowgatta Workout takes advantage of this attribute by incorporating floor exercises into the rowing workouts.  So you can row, get your burpees in, get your resistance training in, and get the ultimate sweat sesh!

5.   Group Dynamic

There’s something about rowing that makes rowers in a group feel like they’re part of a team. This team dynamic makes rowing workouts more fun and builds camaraderie. Rowing machines are also ideal for all sorts of group and partner workouts, as it is easy to track and compare various output metrics. In this way, the erg facilitates peer-to-peer interaction and a fun social aspect.