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Improving Physical Ability

Go Row: The Physical Benefits of Indoor Rowing

Eric Kent, a Level 4 Personal Trainer and British Rowing Master Trainer, shares the physical benefits of rowing with Caroline Roberts. Rowing provides an amazing workout, whether conducted inside or out

Over the last few years, more and more people have been waking up to the benefits of rowing – indoor rowing in particular.

Indoor rowing has always featured heavily in CrossFit. Boutique rowing studios then began to spring up everywhere, including in New York.

Then in 2017, British Rowing launched the Go Row Indoor initiative to promote it as a mass market activity. And, with a growing competitive scene, indoor rowing is well on the way to becoming a sport in its own right.

Rowing: a great all-round workout

The rowing machine has got to be one of the most effective pieces of fitness equipment around. Each stroke uses 85% of your muscles: legs and glutes power the drive phase; muscles of the arms, shoulders and back pull the handle towards the body; the core works to maintain stability.

It’s also a great cardio workout and is very efficient at fat-burning, typically using around 300 calories in 30 minutes – pretty impressive for a ‘sitting-down exercise’. What’s more, it’s low impact and is suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness.

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