How rowing benefits and strengthens your body.
Rowing doesn’t just work your arms. Rowing actually works 9 major muscle groups: calves, quads, hamstrings, glutes, back, core, shoulders, triceps, and biceps. Also, rowing is an amazing cardiovascular workout. You’ll condition your arms, back, legs, core, and mind! Rowing is one of the lowest impact physical activities you can do for your joints. This means longevity. A 95 year old woman, Dottie Smith, is still competing in indoor rowing. A Rowing Machine also allows people rehabbing from knee, hip, or ankle injuries the opportunity to keep moving! Rowing is fluid. It requires efficient movement, long strokes, and power. Through constant movement comes increased flexibility. Each stroke is like an olympic power clean. You create the resistance with each stroke, which can be up to 90 pounds. Doing this motion hundreds of times is going to dramatically increase your strength and power.
How does rowing sharpen and influence me mentally?
Rowing teaches you discipline. You can’t just stop half-way through and take a water break. Rowing can be difficult. It’s up to you to push yourself. Every stroke is a challenge to conquer. Conquering hundreds of strokes will build your confidence. One must focus on the task at hand. Mindfulness is simply an intense focus that allows you to calm your mind. Dialing into the monitor creates focus and concentration that will help you with hard tasks. Nothing feels better than taking a “Power 10” and getting all of that stress and angst out. You will build grit by constantly doing hard things and doing them well.
How does rowing shape my spirit, and what does that mean?
In rowing, with the help of your teammates, you are able to push harder than you ever thought possible. They help you through the hard times and celebrate with you in the good times. The teamwork experienced is what we call “swing”. Moving together as one, like a tribe, we build community and strengthen our teamwork. The sense of community from rowing inspires you to make a positive change. The accountability to make this change is found in your teammates and coaches. The whole really is greater than the sum of its parts. The spirit are those intangibles, the moments of magic. Come G[ROW] with us!