We love rowing. A lot. Maybe the studio full of rowing machines didn't make that clear, but we just wanted to put that out there. However, we also like to run. Even the occasional race. As runners we understand some of the problems that come with the dedication to that sport. Rowing can help!
Rowing is non-impact. Replacing one or two of your running workouts each week with a rowing workout greatly reduces the impact on your joints, without giving up the cardio and strength work. Improve your base cardio through rowing, which means running longer, faster, better!
Rowing works muscles you might otherwise ignore. Your hip flexors, for example, are a much-needed muscle for proper running form¹, but are not usually high on the list of muscles to stretch and strengthen. Rowing can strengthen these muscles greatly while also promoting their flexibility. And a stronger running form means running longer, faster, better! (Are you noticing a theme?)
Rowing promotes better posture². Using proper technique promotes proper posture during the workout, and strengthens the muscles that will help keep your posture better all day, and while running. Running with good posture means running longer, faster, better!
Rowing is a great leg workout. Somewhere along the way rowing got the reputation for only being a great arm workout. Rowing works all your major muscle groups, arms included, but nearly 45% of the power generated on each stroke is from the legs³. The rowing stroke strengthens all of your leg muscles every stroke, and this strength carries directly over to running. Running with stronger legs means running longer, faster, better! (Last time, I promise!)
Row with us and see the results for yourself. Remember that the first class is free!
1. Effects of hip flexor training on sprint, shuttle run, and vertical jump performance. Deane RS, Chow JW, Tillman MD, Fournier KA. 2005 Aug;19(3):615-21.
2. Coach Kaehler: Posture and Rowing. Originally published on 8/29/2011. Accessed on 9/5/2012.
3. Rowing Biomechanics Newsletter Volume 2, Number 2, February 2002. Accessed 9/5/2012