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August 26, 2008

A New Addition To My Workouts

My mother's ancestors lived on the Baltic Sea. They were a rascally bunch who wore horned hats rowed around in boats and terrorized the ancestors of my father. Clearly there has been some reconciliation among both sides since then, which resulted in me.

My mother grew up on City Island, NY, which was a small boating community back then. She and her girlfriend would sneak out into the Long Island Sound with a row boat and paddle around for recreation.

So it occurred to me, after reading an article about the rowing ergometer, that I'm probably genetically predisposed to excel at rowing exercise. Not only can I knock out my cardiovascular workout, I can strengthen key muscles for improving upper body posture at the same time. And I can give my problem ankle a break from the pounding of running.

“Not only is rowing a demanding cardiovascular exercise, it also incorporates most major muscle groups,” says Charlene McEvoy, MD, MPH, a St. Paul, Minn.–based physician and rowing enthusiast. Rowers use more than 20 different muscles in each stroke, including the hamstrings, glutes, delts, traps, lats, pecs and biceps.

Proper form and a beginner workout are included in the article. A link to more advanced workouts are also available. Also, at the end is helpful feedback from an actual competitor about form as it is applies to their experience on the water. So hop on, close your eyes, and imagine you're on the water. No funny hats required.

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Posted by linda at August 26, 2008 11:10 PM

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