Rowing

The rowing class is appropriate for every fitness level, it’s easy to catch on to, is a great stress reliever, and works most all muscles groups in the body.

Concept 2 Certified Rowing Instructor - Powell River

Rowing is arguably the single most efficient and effective exercise out there.  It uses most of our large muscle groups in the body with almost no pressure on the joints due to the low impact nature of the exercise, which is why I love it so much.

It is fast becoming one of our most popular classes, and it is suitable for all fitness levels.  Rowing is a fun, full body workout which works our cardiovascular system and strengthens our muscles with every stroke.  The quick results and great benefits of rowing is making these classes a popular choice for clients.

Rowing workouts are generally more chill than a comparative spinning workout, so it’s a great exercise for those that like intensity but not the ultra high energy.  There is something therapeutic about the rhythmic pace of rowing that makes it a great way to beat stress, and the increase cardio output releases those beautiful endorphins (feel good hormones) that we need so much in our day to day lives. 

Another bonus with rowing classes is that you are able to do your own thing at your own pace without compromise to the class or pressure to keep up.  Rowing machine intensity is controlled by how much you use your legs, back, core and arms to pull.  The resistance is caused by wind resistance in the flywheel, so the harder you pull, the harder you get the flywheel spinning and the more intense it will be, which works the opposite way too.  If you are tired and ease off, the intensity will go down and you will be able to catch your breath…without anyone else even knowing!  Gotta love that…especially if you have a little competitive streak like me!

Each workout will consist of rowing and strength training.  During the 45-55 minute classes, we will either be completing rowing/strength training intervals or doing straight rowing with strength at the end.  I will be changing up the workouts to work different energy systems throughout the weeks by using distance, intervals, speed, and intensity.

I could go on and on about this amazing workout, but you will just need to come see for yourself.  You will not be disappointed!  It is fast becoming the workout choice for many competitive athletes, older and younger adults, as well as those who are stuck at a desk all day and need to wake up their muscle groups, those wanting to boost their weight loss or break through weight loss plateaus, and those looking for a full body, time efficient workout.

If you don’t believe me yet here’s a little break down of how rowing uses most major muscle groups, sometimes you just need to see for yourselves;)

….oh and some may want to know, because of all muscles being engaged at one time the fat burn is HUGE!  (Another added bonus )

Muscles Worked on Rowing Machine
The images below highlight the phases of a rowing motion and the muscles engaged during a single rowing stroke:

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The “Catch”- Muscles worked:  Erector Spinae, Gastrochnemius and Soleus, and Hamstrings.

The “Drive”-  Muscles worked:   Erector Spinae, Rectus Abdominus, Triceps, Rhomboids, Deltoids, Trapezius, Pectoralis Major, Wrist Extensors and Flexors, Quadriceps, Glutes, Hamstrings, and Gastrochnemius and Soleus.

Start of The “Drive”-  Muscles worked:  Erector Spinae, Rhomboids, Quadriceps, Gastrochnemius and Soleus, and Hamstrings.

The “Finish”  Muscles worked:   Erector Spinae, Wrist Extensors and Flexors, Triceps, Biceps, Deltoids, Pectoralis Major, Rectus Abdominus, Internal and External Obliques, Quadriceps, and Hamstrings.