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Rowing engages 86% of your muscles

New research shows that rowing engages and exercises almost your entire body in a workout that is about 3 times as effective as cycling.

In a study from the English Institute of Sport, researchers found that the rowing machine engages 86 percent of the muscles in your body.


That means you are not just working on your legs, but arms, core, and back as well. All in one fun workout. In addition, the research notes that rowing is a very low impact sport. That means you are not putting a lot of pressure on your joins and are very unlikely to injure yourself. This makes rowing a great workout option for people who are older, have been previously injured, or want to keep exercising and stay healthy for a long, long time.

In fact, some members at Lake Washington Rowing Club are in their 80s and still row on a regular basis.


The research specifically points out that proper technique is important to avoid injury and to engage all those muscle groups.

Lake Washington has excellent coaches who will teach you proper rowing technique. They design workouts to make sure you exercise your whole body while keeping you safe from injury. If you have never rowed before, we encourage you to take one of our Learn to Row classes.


Most importantly, you learn how to row on the water and not just a rowing machine. That's a lot more fun and also engages a lot of those tiny stabilizer muscles in order to keep the boat set on the water - giving you an even better and more well rounded workout.


Research has also found that rowing for 30 minutes is as effective for keeping your heart healthy as 90 minutes of cycling. That study was conducted on astronauts in space, but you don't have to travel that far to enjoy similar benefits.


Join us in Fremont and you get to row on Lake Union and the Seattle waterways which is a little less cool than outer space but a lot more accessible.


Original Source: wellandgood.com

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