When you want to get better at rowing, you don’t have to be out on the water. There are rowing machines you can use at gyms, and there are exercises you can do to build up your leg, arm and core muscles to help you get better. Rowing isn’t easy work, but it’s great exercise. It can also be quite fun.
Some of the tips for when you’re out there rowing are quite simple directions. They can be easier said than done when you group them all together. It’s important to know them, and it’s important to be thinking about technique when you’re rowing. You’ll get it down, but you just have to keep practicing.
For example, when you are pulling the handle, you want to pull it to where you have it up against your ribs. When you’re going back in your stroke, you’re going to be pulling your shoulders together, not up.
While you are not always going to sit up with perfect posture, you do want to do this sometimes to help you regroup and keep going. When you are using good posture, still keep your body relaxed and not tense. You also need to be practicing proper breathing techniques and exercises. This is essential to you powering through your rowing workout.
Keep your movements steady, calculated and consistent. One tip that I’m reading talks about treating your body like the pendulum on a grandfather clock.
As you keep practicing, your technique will flow much better. It may not sound easy given all this advice, but it will come naturally before long. Once everything comes together, you’ll feel like a pro. You’ll also feel much better because you won’t be hurting due to using the wrong techniques.
Then make sure you’re eating well, getting enough sleep, and making sure your home environment is clean. I get air duct cleaning at least twice a year to make sure my lungs are breathing in the safest air.