Three Common Mistakes by New Rowers
The popularity of rowing machines has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Experienced rowers have learned the outstanding efficiency and low-impact, total body workout you get with a rowing machine is difficult to replicate in other exercises.
However, beginning rowers may feel lost when they first sit on their machine. After all, it’s easy to make mistakes when you are unsure of what you are doing. However, the ability to burn up to 800 calories an hour with a total body workout makes it worthwhile to learn the ins and outs of a rowing machine. Today, we will discuss the top three mistakes many new rowers make and how you can avoid them.
Common Mistake #1: Rowing Only With Your Arms
Many new rowers sit on their first machine and think to themselves, “Well, I guess I just pull this handle.” However, this is not the case. Overemphasizing your arms, shoulders, and back can cause you to strain those muscles, while at the same time reducing the efficiency of your workout. Instead, try to imagine that you are exploding from your feet to your hips to your core. Around 60 percent of your power should come from your legs, with 20 percent from your core, and 20 percent from your arms.
Common Mistake #2: Firing Your Arms and Legs Simultaneously
While it may feel right to pull the handle back in one smooth motion, you are likely placing too much strain on your upper body this way. Instead, imagine the force moving through your body. Begin by pushing with your legs to start your motion, then transferring that energy to your upper body by pivoting your hips backward so your shoulders pass your pelvis, before finally pulling your arms into your chest. Once your hands reach your chest, reverse the order to move back into starting position.
Common Mistake #3: Having Incorrect Posture
One of the greatest benefits for rowers is the ability to correct poor posture. However, this only occurs if you actually row with good posture. If you have developed a bad habit of rounding your shoulders while at your office desk, it is likely you are rowing in the same position. Focus on opening up your chest while drawing your shoulders back. Sitting tall and engaging your core will likely be uncomfortable at first, but in time it will allow you to develop the core muscles needed to maintain great posture throughout the day.
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