Why You Should Add Studio Rowing to Your Strength and Conditioning Program
Updated: Jan 2
With 2022 in the rear-view mirror and 2023 just beginning, many Canadians are already knee-deep in their New Year’s resolutions. And like many years before, one of those resolutions is probably to be more focused on their fitness routines or to even start a fitness routine.
If you’re looking to amp up your usual workout routine, then adding Studio Rowing classes to your repertoire could be just the high-energy, muscle-driven group class you’ve been looking for. Although it looks intimidating at first, it is actually very beginner-friendly—and it provides one amazing workout!
What is a Studio Rowing class?
While it may sound like a simple class where you just row the entire time, don’t be fooled. Gravity Laboratory mixes up the class with different rowing workouts to focus on different muscles and target specific areas of the body every single class. And while you’ll spend a significant portion of the class on the machine, our group classes combine rowing intervals with floor-based strength training exercises.
Five Benefits of Adding Studio Rowing to Your Strength and Conditioning Program
Now that you know what rowing is, and how Gravity Laboratory turns rowing into a studio class, let’s break down what you actually get when you add Studio Rowing to your strength and conditioning program.
1. It’s a full-body workout
Cross-training through rowing is one of the most effective cardio + strength workouts because it's a full-body, low-impact exercise that engages over 86% of your muscles when you use a Concept2 machine, almost double the amount that you would get from cycling.
2. It’s a low-impact workout
A rowing machine has a lower injury risk because of its low impact. As a result, you can work at a higher intensity without causing as much wear on your joints. In fact, many people over 60 regularly take rowing classes well into their 80s to improve joint health.
3. It’s a weight-loss booster
Regular workouts on a rower can help you burn between 400 to 1000 calories per hour, tone muscles, and give you increased energy. Fat burners like rowing machines engage almost every muscle in your body. Plus, if you row in the fat-burning heart rate zone, rowing can help you reap weight loss results faster and easier.
4. It is beginner friendly
Rowing machines are great because they are relatively easy for beginners to try. Whatever your fitness level, a rowing machine always provides a challenging workout that you can use various training strategies on to achieve your fitness goals.
5. It’s fun!
Depending on the mood you’re in, or how much energy you’ve got, you can make it an easy session or a hard one and the community has a lot of fun - we should really capture some of the conversation topics - hilarious! It's the ultimate all-in-one, low-impact, cardio-e