Get ready for the beach rowing in the gym
With summer upon us, most of us dreaming of getting away and lying on a beach. But in the warmer weather the thought of going out for a run is enough to put off even the keenest of fitness enthusiasts. The local gym springs to mind as the best place to do some exercise in cooler (air conditioned) comfort.
In recent years the indoor rowing machine has become a popular piece of cardio equipment for not only warm ups but also that ‘all over’ body workout.
Used incorrectly however the rower or ‘erg’ can cause injury, especially to the lower back area.
Follow these simple tips and not only will you lower your risk of injury, you will get far more out of your indoor rowing and increase your fitness dramatically.
Whether you are Sir Steve Redgrave or not the rowing stroke can be broken down into three phase
Follow these three phases and you will greatly increase your power and fitness and reduce the load on your spine.
Darryl Reid of Clinic Central is a two time New Zealand Rowing Champion and is the New Zealand Rowing Physiotherapist. He is off to Beijing and will be keeping us upto date of Physio activities from the Olympics