Cardio Craze – Rowing

Cardio. Whether you love it or hate it, we all know every well-rounded fitness regimen includes it. In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends we get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardiovascular activity on most, if not all, days of the week. You can get your cardio in many different forms, from running or swimming, to jumping rope or Zumba. But move over booty-shakers there’s a new cardio craze in town – rowing!

Rowing is an excellent, low-impact full body workout. Not only does it get your heart rate up, but it is also great for strength training because it engages almost every major muscle group in the body. While rowing is meant to be done on a boat in the water, not all of us are able to find a body of water or a boat to practice in. A great alternative is to use a rowing machine, which you can find in most gyms.

The key components of rowing are the catch, drive, finish, and recovery. Watch this video for a demonstration of the rowing stroke: Each position requires different muscles to engage including the hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, calves, triceps, back, shoulders, abs, and obliques. And since you’re combining cardio with strength training, you can burn up to 50% more calories!

So next time you’re at the gym, instead of hitting the elliptical or the treadmill, jump on a rowing machine and take some strokes. If you’re interested in learning how to row on the water, the Coeur d’Alene Rowing Club is a great place to start. Visit for more information.

Written by Darcy VanGundy

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