This past Saturday Austin Rowing Club hosted a Free Rowing Day on National Learn to Row Day. I happened to hear about it the day before and hopped on making reservations. There were only three left, and I snatched them up for Brando, Justinbustin, and I. Saturday came about and we decided to bring a friend of Justinbustin's, as someone needed to watch Shawners on the shore and Brando volunteered since he wasn't as into it as I always am about new things.I love kayaking, and I knew it had to do with the teams of rowers on the water, that I had also heard called sculling. Sculling brought to mind the frat movie, The Skulls, which has nothing to do with sculling, but nonetheless those are the thoughts I had in my mind about rowing.
I asked her how long she'd been rowing and she said fourteen months, and she loves it. I asked her if she did any other exercise (since she was pretty damn fit - see below!) and she said no way, she does this 10-14 hours a week, and on top of being a college student, doesn't have time to do anything else. At this point, though I was soon to find out, I still had no idea that rowing worked more than your shoulders and arms, so I asked her, and she said it's a full body workout.
Time to get in the boat!Getting in the boat was an adventure all it's own. See those white lines? Each person steps on it with their left foot at the same time, then gets in the boat at the same time. The team leader sits at the front with a mic and directs the team in working together and steering.
Four Seasons hotel
Austin Rowing Club from the water
Love the downtown skyline
I talked to the guy who instructed us from the head of our boat later and he said rowing works 86% of your muscles, which is crazy! He said rowing is great for runners whose knees have given out because it's not weight bearing, and they have a lot of runners who row for just that reason. I asked him about people with back pain and he says it helps for some since it strengthens your core, as long as you are holding your back correctly when you row.
The way it works is you take an intro to rowing class, then, once you're done with that, you pay $35/month to row anytime you want as much as you want. They have competitive teams you can join or recreational teams that go out in the morning or evenings on weekdays and weekends (rarely afternoons as it is so hot). Or, you can take a single out where you have two oars to yourself. Seriously, SUCH a good deal. To work out 86% of your muscles for $35/month in the beauty of nature ANYtime you want sounds amazing to me. I can't wait to go again! You can find more of their free rowing programs, as well as additional information on lessons and joining, here.
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