The mechanics of rowing encompass nearly every muscle in your body and the intensity is entirely user controlled. Boat design plays a huge factor in the amount of speed one can generate on water, however, it's a fantastic exercise for beginner to expert and individually or with a team. The low impact it derives allows for a lifetime of fitness without the wear and tear associated with many exercises today.
When I mention high intensity it doesn't mean you have to beat yourself up during every workout. It's a whole new perspective on life to be moving forward not exactly knowing where you're going and yet seeing where you've been heading moments after your arrival. It's a Backwards Life!
CLICK HERE to see a brief history of rowing c/o William Wyler 1959. And below are a few reasons why rowing is considered one of the best total body workouts. Few exercises contain the full range of motion encountered when rowing or sculling. Your arms, legs, back, abdomen and buttocks work in harmony to get you moving and while near full compression at the top of each stroke you'll get a nice stretch also. For the amount of perceived effort given your calorie burn will be nuch greater because all muscle groups are working in conjunction and not targeted singularly. The legs do a lot of work to get you up to speed but it's the core of back and abdomen that keep you going. Rowing probably has the best ratio of aerobic to anaerobic enhancement you can find in any single exercise. At the end of a great workout this could be one way to blow off a little steam you could say.
One caveat to rowing is that you might not have access to a pond. lake, river, bay or ocean although that's a lame excuse. Rowing machines aren't too expensive and there are a multitude of variations out there. Here's where I have to throw in my two cents and recommend a Concept 2 machine while adding Orangetheory Fitness into the mix for those who are looking for a much more challenging and dry (other than sweat) workout. That being said there's nothing quite like a casual row and critique in an Alden Ocean Shell for more about Alden go to https://rowalden.com.
Remember that rowing harder to raise your intensity does
not always mean increasing your stroke rate or cadence.