Learn to Love: Rowing

Using the same principles that carry out the dynamics of a rowboat in water, a water rower uses a flywheel that consists of two paddles in an enclosed tank of water. This provides smooth, quiet resistance without any jerking or jarring. Fitness experts consider it to be “the perfect aerobic exercise” and here are some of the reasons why it’s living up to this hype.


On average, you can expect to burn about 600 calories per hour using a water rower. It provides an efficient cardio workout while being incredibly low-impact. A rowing machine combined with a healthy diet can be a simple weight-loss method for many individuals with injuries or exercise restrictions.

Full Body Workout

The water rower works 84% of the muscles in the body. It provides an efficient upper body workout by working the rhomboids in the shoulders and trapezii in the upper back. By strengthening these muscles, you’ll improve your posture and reduce overall back pain. The water rower works the lower body by using many of the major leg muscles, including the quads, upper thighs, calves and glutes. You’ll be working head to toe by just rowing!

Written by GUADS intern Lindsey with contributions from

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