In this time of scientific advancement and digital information, people still cling to myths, be it knowingly or unknowingly. Well, we cannot blame them. Myths are part of a culture, after all. But the beauty of education is its power to combat our ignorance and see the world in a whole new light.
When it comes to rowing, believing in myths is definitely not a good thing. That’s because these myths could overshadow actual health and fitness benefits that you may be too afraid to tap into, and you end up missing out on them. More importantly, some of these myths can lead to injuries.
This article addresses five common myths about indoor rowing. If you’re guilty of following any of them, now’s the time to break free.
Myth 1: It’s Just an Arm Workout
When you see a rower, you see a person pulling himself forward and releasing the body backward. If you look at it without thinking about how rowing works, it seems like only the arms are involved during the workout. Well, that’s not entirely true. Rowing is a whole-body exercise.
In every stroke, a lot of body muscles are involved in the process, including arm muscles. The arm is not doing the hard work here. Your legs, thighs, abdomen, chest, and arms cooperate to perform every stroke properly. Whenever you see a rower, don’t think it’s just for the arms. Rowing is more than that.
Myth 2: It’s Easy to Pull and Release
Things indeed look easy when you’re just watching. However, once you’re the one sitting on the rowing machine, you’ll realize that it’s easier said than done. Here’s your major myth buster. Rowing is not easy. It requires practice, dedication, and perseverance. Every stroke you do in rowing is a technique. It’s not as simple as pull then release.
Rowing is not an effortless exercise. Once you get tired, you’ll forget about your sitting posture. Your legs are doing most of the work. You’re focused on finishing the required number of strokes rather than properly executing the strokes.
Myth 3: The Faster, the Better
It’s common knowledge that speed almost always equates to efficiency. However, is being fast effective? Again, rowing is about efficiency and effectiveness. If you’re efficient, you can properly execute your strokes in the least possible time. Being effective means focusing on performing your strokes regardless of how long it takes for you to do it.
Hence, speed is not the key in rowing. It doesn’t mean that speed burns more calories. Speed is just a factor. Your proper execution of the stroke is what matters most. Why is that? It’s because you’ll get faster once you master the strokes, and you’ll realize rowing will be muscle memory.
Myth 4: Calories Are King
Most indoor rowers measure your strokes in either watts, distance, or calories. Most people prefer calories since they can relate to it more than watts. Well, that’s true, but coaches don’t recommend this.
Why? It’s because you become complacent, and you just stick to the number of calories you plan to burn in one rowing session. Instead, use distance to measure your performance and then convert it into calories afterward. You can do it after the session.
Myth 5: Back Injuries Are Common for Rowers
No, no, no. Muscle soreness is common but the injury is not. Ask yourself. Why do people have injuries? It’s because they did something wrong.
Now, relate it to rowing. If you did something wrong in executing the strokes, it would most likely result in injury. Hence, improper and poor execution is the reason for injuries and not rowing in general.
Want to know another trivia? Read our article, Rowing vs Running: Which one is a better exercise?
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