Rowing is a great way to meet people and get some exercise. Even if you’ve never paddled a day in your life, it’s never too late to pick up an oar.
Not only is rowing a fantastic workout, but it’s one of the most pleasant forms of exercise imaginable. Gliding along the still water has a meditative quality that you just don’t get from running on a treadmill at the gym.
If you’re interested in getting started with rowing, here are some tips to set you in the right direction.
Study the anatomy of a stroke
The rowing stroke may look simple, but it’s actually made up of several finely tuned stages. Read up on the different components of a perfect stroke, from the ‘catch’ (placing the oar in the water) all the way to the ‘extraction’ (removing the oar from the water).
If possible, head to your local rowing spot and carefully watch how the rowers move their arms and legs in unison. See if you can pinpoint the different stages of their stroke, such as the leg drive (legs straight, arms straight, body forward) and feathering (rotating the oar so that the blade is parallel to the water’s surface).
Practice your form on land
Before you hit the open water, take a spin on an ergometer at your local gym. Rowing machines are designed to resist your stroke in the same way that water resists the pull of an oar. It’s the ideal way to get a feel for rowing and master the more subtle components of your rowing posture.
Don’t rush your slide
One of the most common mistakes beginners make is rushing up the slide. When you bend your knees and move forward, you should do so in a controlled manner. The time you spend moving forward up the slide during the recovery phase of your stroke should be twice that of when you move backward during the drive phase.
Novices are often keen to begin their next stroke, and the tendency is to rush into the next pull of the oar. Slowing your pace up the slide may feel counterintuitive, but it allows you to make the most of the boat’s glide after each stroke.
Join a rowing club
After a bit of practice on the rowing machine, take the plunge and join a rowing club. You can choose to row in pairs or as part of an eight-person crew. Many clubs across Britain cater to rowers of all experience levels and ages. Visit the British Rowing website to find a club in your local area.
Does rowing interest you?
Silversurfer's Assistant Editor
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Assistant Editor (see all)
- Clever uses for shaving foam - August 17, 2018
- Would you get Botox or fillers done on the High Street? - August 16, 2018
- Asparagus, Broad Bean Mint and Mozzarella Bruschetta - August 15, 2018
- The best of Madonna playlist - August 15, 2018
- Afternoon Tea Week: 5 of the most weird and wonderful ones you can get - August 14, 2018
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!