Has the rower got RPM in a spin?
Spinning – it’s the evergreen, ever popular fitness studio class - but what about the rower… The unsung, often less used piece of kit, lurking quietly in every gym – has it really got what it takes to challenge ‘king spin’?
Rowing workouts are big news across the pond and we’re letting you in on some of the rowers’ super powers, so you can use it to level up your own fitness routine.
Is the rower for me?
Think rower – think burly, muscle bound physique – think again – the rower is absolutely for you. Complete newbies to elite athletes can all benefit from the rowers all-round, body toning, lung-busting workout. You don’t have to be grinding out the metres for hours either – combining bursts on the rower with weights workouts, is a great way to burn fat, boost your metabolism and develop, long lean muscles.
Tip: It’s all about technique, so before you rush to the rower, ask one of our fitness instructors to help you refine your technique, to improve results and reduce your risk of injury. If you’re just starting out, we recommend form, before speed, so get those long, powerful strokes nailed, before you start to pick up the pace
Rowing burns more calories than spinning… really?
Its always hard to say with 100% certainty that one activity burns more calories than another – but you will use more muscles rowing than cycling which will increase your calorie burning potential. It’s a great all over body workout, burning more calories in less time – bonus!
Myth busting: If you think rowing is going to pump your upper body – think again – so long as you’ve got your technique down, you’ll be using your legs to generate the power, whilst developing your core as well.
Why else should I go and have a row?
If you suffer from joint pain, or struggle with high impact sports, rowing is a great way to bag a high impact workout, while protecting joints, in particular your knees. Once you’ve got the hang of the technique it’ll work wonders for your posture as well – your back is straight and you’ll need to engage your core to maintain good form. It’s a great way to release your muscles, when they spent all day hunched over the desk at work.
I’m inspired – what do I do next?
If you’re already a member and would like to brush up your technique, ask one of our friendly fitness instructors to help you row with good form.
Not a member? Come and try the rower (and all our other gym equipment and classes – including spinning!) free for five days.