Have you tried indoor rowing yet? Ah, you have to! It’s such a great low-impact workout that’s full body and pretty darn fun. But, we’ll admit, if you’ve never been on the indoor rower before, it can be a bit intimidating. Or, actually, pretty easy to get your row on without the best of form if you don’t have the proper guidance.
To help us all get in the know about this new hot workout craze, we picked the brain of Betina Gozo, CrossTown Fitness‘ fitness director to chat about what we need to know about indoor rowing. Read on for why indoor rowing is such a great workout, how you can do it properly and even some indoor-rowing workout ideas!
Indoor Rowing Tips, Tricks and a Workout
Why is indoor rowing such a great workout? With rowing machines, you can get a great total-body cardio workout without the high impact! You can also increase the resistance, so you are able to challenge and tone your legs, glutes, back, shoulders and arms with each stroke.
What’s the one thing everyone should know about indoor rowing? Just like with any exercise, form is very important. Especially since it is a cardio exercise, it is easy to tire out easy and lose your form. If you are at a gym, ask a trainer to make sure you are doing it correctly.
In case a trainer isn’t around, can you share a few tips and pointers on proper indoor-rowing form and position? It should be a fluid movement. Sitting tall with your shoulders back and core engaged, you straighten out your legs and lean back to about 75 degrees as you pull the handles to your chest, squeezing your shoulder blades back. Then you straighten out your arms and lean forward to about 105 degrees before you bend your legs again. Then repeat!
What are a few of your favorite indoor rowing workouts? You can row in intervals, just like spiriting on the treadmills. I like to “sprint” row for about 400 meters, then take it easy for 200, then sprint again and repeat until I get to 2,400 meters, which equates to about 1 mile long of sprinting. You also don’t have to use the rower only for rowing. Here is a fun video I made with some other things you can do with the rower!
Alrighty, we gotta know: Have you tried indoor rowing? I love it, but definitely could tweak my form a bit for the better! —Jenn