What is it?
Whether it’s out on the water in a boat or indoors on a machine, rowing will provide a full body work-out.
There are two basic forms of outdoor rowing: sweep (one oar per rower) and sculling (two oars per rower), in one, two, four, or eight-man boats. You can row on rivers, lakes, canals and off the coast; in official races or just for fun.
And if the cold winter mornings don’t float your boat (excuse the pun), there’s always the rowing machine at the gym.
Why is it good for me?
- Rowing is a great way to develop your fitness or to stay physically active
- It’s a low-impact, full-body exercise that works every major muscle group
- A safe and enjoyable way to exercise
- Fun and companionship involved contribute to your general well-being
How much does it cost?
The price of beginners’ courses and memberships vary on a club-by-club basis. Check with your nearest rowing club to find out membership/course costs. A beginners’ programme will cost you £50-100, depending on the club.
Most gyms have indoor rowing machines, which can be used as part of your membership or individual session cost.
What equipment do I need?
You don’t need any special kit to start with. The club or coach will tell you what to bring along – but sportswear, such as a tracksuit or sweatshirt and shorts should be fine
You definitely won’t need to buy your own boat or oars, and you will be supplied with a life jacket for when you are on the water.
For indoor rowing, a t-shirt, shorts and a pair of trainers are all you’ll need.