What is Rowing?

Rowing is a water sport that uses all major muscle groups to propel a boat forward. Rowing boats are the fastest muscle powered craft on the water, and are not to be confused with canoes which only utilize the upper body to move the boat.

Rowers use long oars to lever the boat using most of the power provided by the leg drive, this is why we face “backwards” when we row!

Types of Rowing:

-->Sweep Rowing

*Rowers with only one oar are sweep rowers. Sweep boats may or may not carry a coxswain (pronounced cox-n - primary purpose to steer and on-the-water coaching). In boats without coxswains, one of the rowers steers by moving the boat rudder with his or her foot.

*Sweep rowing is when each rower has one oar. Boats are comprised of 2, 4, or 8 people


*Rowers with two oars – one in each hand – are scullers. There are three sculling events: the single – 1x (one person), the double – 2x (two) and the quad – 4x (four). Typically sculls do not have coxswain.

Why Row?

  •   Rowing exercises all of your major muscle groups: legs, arms, back, abdomen, and buttocks.
  •   Rowing exercises muscles through a wider range of motion than most other exercises.
  •   Rowing provides aerobic and anaerobic conditioning as well as strength conditioning.
  •   Rowing is a great calorie burner.
  •   Rowing is a lifelong sport that can be performed and enjoyed by all ages.
  •   Rowing offers diverse opportunities: inside, outside, on water, on land, competitively, or for self-satisfaction.
  •   Rowing does not discriminate against age or gender.
  •   Rowing is a complete exercise.


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