People, I havent used an indoor rower since Bush Sr. was in office.
Since (& I kid not) the *first* Beverly Hills 90210 was on TV (Dylan McKay how I adored thee).
Since the freshwoman 25 or so was still firmly wrapped around my waist.
You get the idea.
Recently, however, I decided to shake things up a bit (if by shake things up you mean I was kinda desperate for a Toddler reprieve so I took advantage of the DAYCARE at the gym—–which I do) & revisited my old friend.
Back in the college days I used a rower mainly because we had no other options in the
crappy small gym at the division three institution which I attended (any Kenyon Lords or Ladies in the house?).
I loathed it at first, but after a while it grew on me (as much as we decided HERE cardio ever would).
That’s really the reason I decided to row again.
I was feeling nostalgic and curious whether my post-college cardiovascular fitness in *other* arenas would transfer to the rower/make me an immediate phenom (it didnt).
Even though my stamina allowed me to only do about three minutes before I conked out—-I *did* feel WORLDS less stressed when I waltzed back to the daycare to reclaimed my (somewhat less whirling of a) Toddler Tornado.
Which all led me to commence googling & then to this site.
and the rest, as they say, is guest post freebie history.
Tuesday Tips – Row, Row, Row Your Way to a Fit Body
For something different, try an indoor rowing workout. Rowing puts your whole body in motion– working the legs, butt, arms and core.
Judy Geer, a former Olympic rower and a co-founder of Concept2, the rowing company, provides five reasons why women should try indoor rowing for a great cardiovascular workout:
Work it All. Busy schedule? Rowing is an incredibly time-efficient exercise because it uses upper body, lower body, and core muscle groups. At the same perceived effort, rowing burns 10-12% more calories than running and 15-20% more calories than cycling. Spend your time wisely and give your whole body a workout!
Low Impact. Rowing is a seated exercise without the pounding and impact of running. It is a great way to get in longer or harder workouts without putting stress on joints. It’s also completely user-controlled, too, so you can start out easy, and then increase the intensity as you get more fit.
Find Your Motivation. Check out concept2.com where you can create an online logbook, join a virtual rowing team, or compete in virtual rowing challenges to stay motivated.
Mix it Up. Try different types of workouts to keep rowing interesting. Recent research suggests that intervals are the most time-efficient way to improve fitness and burn calories. Create intervals of different lengths and intensities – short steady rows, long steady rows…you name it. The Concept2 Performance Monitor includes suggested workouts, allows you to customize a workout, and tracks your results along the way.
Join the Team. Rowing is a sport. You don’t see elliptical races at the Olympics! When you learn to row, you learn a lifelong sport and join a community. You can find camaraderie and competition at your local boathouse or participate in one of a number of indoor rowing competitions nationwide.
To find an indoor rower near you check out Concept2’s “Find an Indoor Rower” service HERE.
Have you ever tried indoor rowing?
Did you surpass MizFit with your skills? (not hard…)
Have you opted to row nary an indoor stroke? WHY?
Got any silly rowing stories for us in general (remember this?)?
Please to comment below.
One lucky commenter will win a pair of Concept2 rowing shorts.
(limited to those of you living in the USA. I know. I know…)