- WHY WE ROW -
MORE THAN EXERCISE
Most folks who plan to give rowing a try expect some good exercise and a bit of fun. Once on the water, though, they discover something else - something far more compelling - rowing is good for the soul. Whether you row for fun, or you’re an avid racer, being out on the water is like a mini-vacation from all the stresses and troubles of the world. Each time you row, give this a try - from time to time, close your eyes, and enjoy the sensations. Lift up your chin. Feel the sun on your face; and the breeze on your ears. With each stroke of the oars, feel the strength of your body as you thrust the boat forward - then pause, and glide across the surface. Listen to the water - swirling all around you. Listen to your heart. Indulge in a smile. Feel the rush! Now you’re a rower! The rest will be easy.
THE BEST SHAPE YOU’VE EVER BEEN IN
Some years ago, a study was done to see which Olympic athletes had developed the best cardio capacity. The top two groups were the boxers (no body fat) and the rowers. Rowing is the ultimate crosstraining. Every major muscle group gets a workout, including your legs, your back, and your arms. Indeed rowing burns calories faster than any other recreational sport, and it’s a whole lot more fun than trudging along on a treadmill in a sweaty gym.
AND IT DOESN‘T WRECK YOUR KNEES!!!
Most other sports that provide a healthy cardio workout are hard on your knees - including running, cycling, and tennis. Rowing is much, much gentler on the knees than any of those sports. In fact many former runners turn to rowing when their knees won't tolerate any more punishment. Because rowing is so healthy, and so gentle on the joints, it’s truly the optimal life-long sport. Indeed our club President, Bob Howard, is now in his 80s, and few of us can keep up with him on the water - or anywhere else.