Messing about on The River
Part I – How to get into Rowing
Now spring is (almost) here – how does messing about on the river appeal? More specifically – Rowing. Now more popular (and better funded) than ever following Great Britain’s repeated successes on the Olympic and World scene, more and more people are taking it up. Rowing really is a top sport in terms of all-round performance requiring strength, endurance and cardio-vascular fitness – and has the added appeal of being on the water!
Don’t let your experience of indoor rowing put you off. Ergometers (rowing machines) lack the team expertise to help you learn correct technique. On the water you gain momentum and build speed – the harder you pull on your oar the further you go. It’s thrilling. And you’re likely to be in a crew – all moving as one; all pulling together – bringing body and mind together “in the flow” like nothing else. And if you race – flying over a finish line with your mates, while being cheered on from the bank is something everyone should experience. Plus if you win……well – you’ll just have to try it!
March is a good time of year to start. Many rowing clubs run taster sessions and beginners courses in rowing and sculling (you row with one oar or blade each, sculling is with two smaller blades). Contact British Rowing http://www.britishrowing.org/taking-part to find a club near you – it really is a very accessible sport – but be careful – it’s addictive.
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