Rowing for Beginners

Thinking about taking up rowing?

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Rowing is an incredible way to improve your conditioning. Whether you’re just making the initial steps to getting in shape, or you’re looking to supplement your already active lifestyle, rowing should always be a consideration.

Rowing is particularly beneficial to conditioning because it focuses on cardiovascular training as well as improving muscle strength and endurance. This can be key for those who want to get in better shape cardio-wise, but also want to increase their lean mass a little bit and improve overall strength and conditioning.

While rowing looks easy, it will definitely take a little while to learn. Most towns that have a lake with any sort of paddling clubs will likely accommodate new rowers. If it’s a popular lake, rowers will often hit the water at different times than kayakers or canoes. If you’re interested in chatting with any rowers about their thoughts on how to get started, it may be worth considering this so you don’t get all the way there and find zero rowers.

Rowing clubs aren’t always found on lakes with other canoe clubs. Anywhere that there is ample docking can often accommodate rowers, such as inlets and bays. Our suggestion would be to browse online for rowing clubs in your community and contacting them directly for accurate information.

Another nice aspect of rowing is that you’re out on the water. Sure, running along a nice trail or cycling a scenic highway route can be a thrilling way to exercise, but there’s just something about being on the water, especially in the early morning or evening when it’s come, that just can’t be compared to anything else. If this is something that appeals to you, definitely try and reach out to a local club.

Is Rowing Hard?

Yes, like most other sports, rowing can be difficult. Don’t expect to just be able to hop in and start ripping around the lake. There will be some lessons required and gradual skill development, but try not to view this negatively. Learning is all part of the fun, and you will quickly find some sore muscles that you never knew you had!

Rowing can also be quite social. Many clubs will offer group lessons, which some amateur rowers prefer because they can view more demonstrations, learn from each other, and potentially feel less intimidated. Remember, everyone starts somewhere, and putting the effort at the beginning will often pay off in the long run

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