We love, love, LOVE that Shape Magazine is so taken with the rowing machine (and a Concept2, even better!). Their latest tweet on the subject: “OBSESSED with the rowing machine! Works your whole body & cardio? Why weren’t we doing this sooner?”
Better late than never we say, and glad to have you!!
Shape included in their January issue a kick-butt rowing workout from none other than Olympic medalist Anna Cummins, who’s now a master instructor for Concept2 CrossFit Rowing. The 20-minute workout gives you target splits, stroke ratings and times that will put you through your paces for sure (check out the rowing playlist that Shape put together, too).
One thing to bear in mind about that workout though: If your 20s are in the rearview mirror or you’re not super fit or experienced at rowing you may have a hard time hitting the targets in Anna’s workout.
So don’t worry if you don’t hit numbers right off the bat (or ever). Try to stick to her recommended stroke ratings (note: you may find that rowing slower is a lot harder than rowing faster) but don’t be afraid to back off on the split targets and stroke rating if you need to. If your heart is pumping and your rowing technique is good you’re still getting an awesome total-body low impact workout that will tone your body, torch calories and improve your fitness, regardless of your current fitness level.
As we like to say around here, Rowing is for Every Body!
What’s your favorite rowing workout?