Rowing movement: from ancestor of navigation to competitive sport
The history of rowing is the history of navigation. Not possessing the techniques for sailing, yet driven by the desire to explore and expand their knowledge, our ancestors began to sail the waves with nothing more than a simple boat by the force of the oars. Over time this need remained unchanged. When technology abandons you, when the wind or other forces of nature are not helping, man can always rely on rowing, an extremely simple and repeatable movement thanks to the strength of your arms.
And it is precisely this simplicity that is its greatest strength and the reason why, in the course of history, mankind has never abandoned or forgotten the use of rowing, rather refining it and adapting it to various techniques, making what was originally a simple way to move in the water one of the oldest sports in the world.
The first historical mention of competitions dates to the 15th century BC and since then the canoe rowing has become synonymous with elegance, coordination and power.
Useful tips for a correct rowing
Performing a smooth and correct rowing movement means maximising the effectiveness of training and preventing muscle and joint pain. However, it is necessary to take precautions in order to row correctly.
Posture in motion
A correct execution of the rowing cycle requires maintaining an upright position of the torso by using adequate tension of the lumbar muscles.
Throughout the entire movement, it is important to keep the weight of the torso behind the oars/handlebar, ensuring that it is transmitted directly to the blades, this to achieve an efficient final effect. The torso should be slightly stretched back, yet relaxed beyond the vertical, while the elbows are pulled back and widened to form a right angle between the forearm and inner lever of the oar. Wrist must be in line with the handle.
A correct handle of the oars allows to guide all the movement of the drive and the recovery in an easy and technically effective way. The handle must ensure complete perception of the water on the blade.
Rower lever/resistance ratios
The higher the resistance of the water/rowing machine, the greater the force that the height must release. To avoid an incorrect movement to complete the rowing, it is better to concentrate on the technique first, then on the strength.
Rhythm and coordination
It is important to involve both the lower and upper parts of the body when rowing. The movement must always be harmonious and coordinated, to avoid imbalances during athletic performance. The movement starts from the stretching of the legs and continues with the recovery of the oars/handlebar, not the other way around.
The most complete sport
The rowing movement is not exclusive to rowers, but it is one of the most complete muscular and aerobic movements in the entire spectrum of sports. The rowing movement develops the ability to maintain a rhythm and an harmonious control of the body by training all the main muscle groups. It is no coincidence that a rowing machine is an indispensable tool in every fitness centre and gym.
As we already explained, it is very important to make a perfect rowing movement to maximise the effectiveness of training. In this regard, there are few rowers like SKILLROW that allow constant monitoring to improve the style in real-time. SKILLROW allows various levels of training to advance the rowing style by progressively increasing the resistance of the ergometer. Furthermore, and unlike other rowers, SKILLROW offers an extra step in power training with the rowing machine, thanks to extra levels of resistance and simulating the resistance of ballast in the water while canoeing.
That’s why SKILLROW is extremely recommended for all types of training: whether your goal is to improve physical endurance, muscle power or body coordination, SKILLROW has a type of training designed for you.
In the context of SKILLATHLETIC training, SKILLROW is present in most training circuits, but it is configured as supporting equipment especially in BOOST and BRAVE formats. In the first, the training with SKILLROW is aimed at achieving greater endurance and physical power, while in the second, it helps in improving your coordination and physical endurance.
Not just muscles
In conclusion, rowing is one of the most complete muscle actions among the entire athletic disciplines.
Rowing is, in fact, an action that enables you to go beyond your limits and go a few meters further each time. And it is going further and further from the shore that helps in moving away from our self, our fears and worries. To paraphrase Ovid’s words, it distances us from a world that surrounds us and that often afflicts us and makes us truly free for a short amount of time.
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