The Health Benefits of Slide Seat Rowing
By Marie Hutchinson
Slide seat rowing is the most magnificent sport
there is, and recreational rowing is unique in
comparison to most sports because it exercises
all of your major muscle groups. Everything from
your legs, back, and arms are engaged while rowing.
In addition, rowing is a low-impact sport. When
executed properly, the rowing stroke is a fairly safe
motion, providing little room for serious injury.
The motion of each stroke is made up of four parts
that flow into one another. These are the catch, the
drive, the pull, and the recovery. The following is a
description of the biomechanics of rowing.
The catch is the start of each stroke it is the
moment when you place your oar into water. The
leg, hip, and shoulder muscles in use during the
catch are the quadriceps, gastrocenius, soleus,
gluteus maximus, and biceps brachii.
As you begin to push with your legs, you are
entering the drive of the stroke. During the drive,
your legs, back, and arms are working with the
trapezius, posterior deltoid, quadriceps, pectoralis
major, and biceps brachii muscle groups.
Once the legs are fully extended, you begin to
pull the oar in with your arms and swing your
shoulders backward, bringing yourself to the finish
position. You have just utilized the rest of the entire
body’s gluteus maximus, quadriceps, brachioradialis,
and abdominal muscle groups.
In the recovery, the entire process is repeated, with
each movement flowing into the next, forming
another stroke. The outstanding range of motion
required by the four-part stroke is dictated by the
need to shift the hands during the stroke, which
requires a deliberate alteration in the plane of motion.
Rowing in an outdoor setting has so much to
recommend it, with weight loss, reduced stress levels
and blood pressure, shaping, and toning as key
rewards. Aside from full body conditioning that
builds lean muscle mass while burning 600 calories
per hour, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy your
connection with the water as you take each stroke.
It can also be the opportunity to push yourself
further than you ever thought possible.