SPECIAL SEC TION
FOR YOUR HEALTH
about rowing is that it doesn’t discrimi-
nate. “If you are older or if you are heavier,
a lot of workouts are not approachable,”
says Moore. “With rowing, anyone can sit
on that machine and do the workout.”
Rowing is also a good alternative for
runners, bikers and those accommodat-
ing injuries. “It’s great for any orthopedic
issues or if you have any joint issues. It’s a
great back strengthener,” says Costco
member Garrett Roberts, a former colle-
giate rower and the owner of GoRow
Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey. Roberts
adds that he often modifies his classes for
those with certain injuries, and he
reminds patrons to check with their doc-
tor to make sure the workout is a good fit
for their health condition.
Why it’s trending
Moore, a former collegiate rower, says
the growing popularity of group fitness
BY HANA MEDINA
HE INDOOR ROWING machine is
no longer a ;;;;s relic collecting
dust in basements across America.
With dedicated indoor rowing
studios popping up all over the
nation and technological innovations of
at-home equipment, Americans are
rediscovering an accessible, low-impact
and efficient workout that can be tailored to just about anybody.
Rowing can be pretty intense, especially if you’re doing an interval or racing
workout. It gets your heart rate up
quickly, and when the proper form and
technique are executed (see left info-graphic), it works ;; percent of your
body’s muscles, making it an efficient
and timesaving workout. If you only have
;; or ;; minutes, Bill Patton, a Costco
member and fitness industry consultant,
says, rowing can be “an incredibly intense
workout in a very short amount of time.”
But the nice thing is, rowing can be
done at your own pace, which is especially
important if you’re just getting started.
Many classes are structured to have students focus on bettering their own times,
no matter their fitness level. Chelsea
Moore, owner of R; Fitness studios in
Austin, Texas, says the most notable thing
Row your boat
Indoor rowing makes another splash
Costco members will ;nd air, ;uid and
magnetic rowing machines, including the
Dynamic R1 Pro Rower, Item #100123672,
pictured at right, on Costco.com (see
current coupon mailer offer).
Lean slightly forward to 11 o'clock, arms
extended, knees at a 90-degree angle.
2. DRIVE (two-phase motion)
Extend at the knees and hips,
driving the seat backward. Keep arms
extended and back straight.
Legs come to full extension. Open the
hips and lean back slightly at 1 o’clock.
Arms pull handle to the lower part of the
ribs, keeping the back at 1 o’clock.
Reverse order of the drive—arms, hips
and legs. Recovery allows for a rest period
between strokes and for you to reset to
the beginning position.
Infographics courtesy of Life Fitness.