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Find rowing areas, rowing clubs with boathouses and gyms with indoor rowing machines.
Most rivers and narrow, long bodies of water suitable for rowing have boathouses nearby with rentals. If you or your team are going to use a river for workouts or practice, be sure to check with the parks department first.
Rowing clubs are typically situated near rivers, canals or waterways. Most clubs will have membership requirements, so check with your local club to see if you qualify. Once your a member, try joining a rowing club team
For the serious rower, investing in your own shell can be an exciting purchase. Rowing hardware, shells and rigging can be found at rowing boat companies and shops. Always consult a professional before buying.
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Rowing clubs are typically non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting the sport. Most rowing clubs have membership fees and dues that go towards maintaining the premises and equipment. Rowing clubs offer beginner to advanced lessons. Whether you want to just learn how to row or would like to compete, rowing clubs give you access to equipment and the opportunity to meet new people. Be sure to know all the rules of the rowing club you attend, including equipment usage rules, participation rules and safety rules. Rowing teams and lessons will be grouped by sex, age and weight due to official regulations.
There are two different types of rowing forms: sweep rowing and sculling. Sweep rowing is done with one oar in both hands while sculling uses two oars in both hands. Sweep oars are typically longer than sculling oars. Because of the one oar factor, sweep rowing is not as balanced physically as sculling. The boats used for each form are also different. You can do sculling solo because sculling boats carry one, two, or four rowers. A sculling boat is light enough to take out on your own. Sweep boats carry two, four or eight rowers. Sweep rowing is more a cooperative activity. If you choose to participate in sweep rowing, you will need to attend team practices and if you have a large team you will need a coxswain to lead the team. When deciding on which rowing type is best for you, talk with a professional or test out both and have fun in the meantime.
Rowers are all-around athletes. It is a misconception that all the work of rowing happens in the upper body. Rowers also have to have strong legs and strength through out all their muscles groups to endure long races. If your rowing club team can't get out on the water, take the workout inside. Check out our pre-planned Rowing Workout.
In order to stay on your rowing team and make the most of your rowing club membership, you must include a warm-up, a cool-down and stretching with every workout. Don’t skip these elements when time is running short; you will only slow yourself down in the long run when an injury occurs. Warm-ups should include an activity that increases your heart rate to about 60% of your maximum heart rate followed by gentle stretches to prepare your muscles for the workout. Rowers should be sure to stretch hamstrings, quadriceps, hips, rotator cuffs and wrists. After a race, rowers cool down by rowing for another five to 10 minutes at a light pace. Stretch at the end of the workout or race while your muscles are warm from increased blood flow. Hold each stretch for about 20-30 seconds before moving to the next stretch. Cool-downs should last about 5 minutes and gradually bring your heart rate down. If you have any discomfort, that area should be iced immediately after your workout for 10 minutes.
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