Think Thin Thursday ~ Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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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.

Guardin' State - Longport Beach Patrol Shoot the Seas Contest 2017 from Guardin' State on Vimeo.

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


Remember that rowing harder to raise your intensity does

  not always mean increasing your stroke rate or cadence.  



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- Larry didn't do any rowing but did do a lot of kayaking. But for his torn rotator cuff, he loved it. 

May 16, 2019 07:10 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kevin, my mother was a kayak grandfather was a rower... I chose going into the Infantry... now rowing, no swimming and that is fine with me:))Endre

May 16, 2019 11:35 PM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I can certainly see how this would benefit the whole body!

May 17, 2019 05:06 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your posts inspire me to do more!  I am one step closer to swimming laps, as I bought a swim pass.  The pool isn't open to the public until May 25th though.

May 17, 2019 07:13 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I helped row when we were in Alaska, and that was fun, but not something I would chose to do...A

May 17, 2019 07:38 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kevin - I've never participated but can see how the benefits of a regular rowing routineare noteworthy.  

May 17, 2019 09:53 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 My wife belongs to a senior rowing club and believes that rowing is a fantastic exercise. Oh by the way she rows in a eight , starboard side Kevin J. May 

May 17, 2019 09:46 PM #7
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

the closest I get to rowing is "the standing row doing a mid row and high row" and "seated row" with cables are my favorite.... Kevin J. May 

May 23, 2019 11:50 AM #8
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