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In strength training, rowing (or a row, usually preceded by a qualifying adjective — for instance a seated row) is a form of muscular resistance training exercise that shares many characteristics of rowing a boat without involving water or a boat. When done as a weight-lifting exercise, its purpose is to exercise the muscles that draw the rower's arms toward the body (latissimus dorsi) and those that support the spine (erector spinae). When done on a rowing machine (erg - see below) rowing also exercises muscles that extend and support the legs (quadriceps and hamstrings). In all cases, the abdominal and lower back muscles must be used in order to support the body and prevent back injury. Strength training is used to develop the strength and size of skeletal muscles. ... Rowing in the Amstel River by a student rowing club. ... Some pleasure craft boats in a harbor in Miami Beach, Florida. ... Latissimus dorsi is a large flat muscle located on the back. ... The Erector spinae (or Sacrospinalis in older texts), and its prolongations in the thoracic and cervical regions, lie in the groove on the side of the vertebral column. ... Muscles of the iliac and anterior femoral regions. ... Hamstring refers to the common tendon of the muscles making up the ham in animals, primarily the semitendinosus and biceps femoris. ... The human abdomen (from the Latin word meaning belly) is the part of the body between the pelvis and the thorax. ...


Rowingg is often done on an indoor rower, often referred to as an "erg" or "ergo", which is short for "ergometer", a Greek phrase for "a device that measures work". Nevertheless, many other weight-assisted gym exercises mimic the movement of rowing, such as the deadlift, high pull and the bent-over row. An effective off-season training programme combines both erg pieces and weight-assisted movements similar to rowing, with an emphasis on improving endurance under high tension rather than maximum strength. A row of Concept2 Model C indoor rowers An indoor rower is a machine used to simulate the action of watercraft rowing for the purpose of exercise or training for rowing. ... The Deadlift is a weight training exercise where one lifts a loaded barbell (or, in the case of the trapbar deadlift, a loaded trapbar) off the ground from a stabilized bent-over position. ...


Rowing can also be done outdoors on land with a rowbike. Some rowbike manufacturers sell stationary bike stands that permit indoor use. A Rowbike or rowing bike is a hybrid fitness machine that combines a bicycle, generally considered a recumbent bicycle, and a rowing machine. ... A Rowbike or rowing bike is a hybrid fitness machine that combines a bicycle, generally considered a recumbent bicycle, and a rowing machine. ... An exercise bicycle is a stationary bicycle used for exercise and not for travel. ...


There are numerous indoor erg competitions that are over a variety of distances. However, the benchmark distance is 2,000 m, and almost all competitions use the Concept2 erg machines. World records for this distance are as follows: The Concept2 Logo A row of Model C indoor rowers Concept2 are a manufacturer of rowing equipment. ... All records set over the international rowing distance of 2,000 m - believed to be correct as of September 2004. ...

  • Women:
    • heavyweight: 6:28.6
    • lightweight (<62.5 kg) 6:56.7
  • Men:
    • heavyweight: 5:37.0
    • lightweight (<75 kg) 6:02.6

External links

  • FISA daily rowing training programme:
    • Part 1 (pdf)
    • Part 2 (pdf)

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Rowing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (101 words)
Watercraft rowing, rowing as a form of propulsion.
Rowing exercise, structured exercise similar to rowing boats.
Ocean rowing, the sport of rowing across oceans
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