How to Become a Skilled Rower

Are you looking to start rowing for fun? Whether you want to do it for fun, exercise or competition, becoming a skilled rower takes time and dedication. Follow the steps outlined in this guide to learn how to improve your rowing skills.

What Is Rowing?

Rowing is a recreational water activity that involves propelling a boat with oars. The oars are connected to the boat or “shell.” Rowing typically occurs on lakes or rivers. 

There are competitive rowing teams at local and national levels, including an Olympic team. Joining a group of novice rowers is a great way to get into the sport.

4 Tips for Improving Rowing Skills

Basic rowing exercises can help you improve your skills. Taking a rowing for beginners class or joining a team can also give you time and support to practice. Even if you never plan to compete competitively, rowing for fun can have numerous health benefits. 

The following four tips can increase your rowing skills.

1. Workout

If you want to improve your rowing skills, regular workouts can help. Back squats and pull-ups are two examples of practices that will help you build essential muscle groups for rowing.

Warming up before you start rowing each day is also a beneficial practice.

2. Try Yoga

While yoga can be a rigorous exercise, it often focuses on finding balance and strengthening your core. Balance and core strength are integral when rowing.

3. Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) or Other Mindfulness Habits

Progressive muscle relaxation is a simple technique to help you understand your muscles as you wind down at night. During PMR, you will contract and relax specific muscles from head to toe while practicing deep breathing. An expert can guide you through this process via a podcast or video to ensure an effective practice. 

Mindfulness is a skill that can help you improve focus, which is a critical component of rowing. 

4. Join a Club or Team

If you want to get into rowing as an adult but have never practiced on a team, join a rowing club. There are many rowing clubs throughout the United States.

As part of a team, you’ll have regular practice. Attending these practices will help you improve your skills, especially with a good coach. You and your teammates can also hold each other accountable for consistent progress.

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EZ Dock has the supplies to make it easy for you to practice rowing. Contact us today for more information about the EZ Dock Low Profile Dock. You can also browse our entire product selection online.