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Rowing can enhance your posture: by targeting the posterior deltoids, middle trapezius, and rhomboids. These muscles counter the large pectoral muscles, and will keep you standing tall.
Approximately 86% of your muscle groups are utilized in each stroke, while remaining very low impact. Rowers suffer fewer repetitive joint injuries than runners or cyclist due to the controlled nature of the movement and the far slower speeds of rotation.
Rowing is one of the top exercises to promote a strong cardiovascular system due to oxygen levels needed for so many muscle groups.
Rowing is the second best exercise to promote bone density (after power lifting). Like swimming, rowing can be a lifetime exercise as rowers often compete into their 70’s, 80’s, and even 90’s.
ROWING VS. SPIN
Spin burns about a third fewer calories per hour than rowing. It is an excellent cardiovascular exercise; however, cycling promotes poor posture due to the nature of the equipment. Cyclists can also suffer from injuries caused by joint overuse due in part to the speed of the rotation of the flywheel, which leads to cumulative tissue micro-trauma and consequential symptoms. In overuse injuries, the problem is often not acute tissue inflammation, but chronic degeneration.
If you have been to Power Rowing, you might have noticed it is a little different than other studios that you have attended. First off, we talk a lot more. We don’t simply say ten repetitions of this and let you have at it. We explain why we are doing each particular workout, what it will do to your body, and why it is good for you. But, one of the most striking differences might be our overall view of working out in general. We at Power Rowing take the long view of your health. Our goal isn’t just to get you sweaty and kick you out the door. Our goal is to make your healthier, make your heart, bones, and muscles stronger and to sustain that health over your lifetime. These may seem like lofty goals, but we believe they should be the baseline goals of any fitness studio. The paradigm needs to change from working out today to becoming sustainably fit for life.
After 12 years in accounting, Bryan put down his laptop and found his calling by bringing the sport of rowing to the masses.
Bryan graduated with a degree in politics from UMass Amherst and then spent five years in the Army as a counterintelligence agent with training in interrogation. During his career in the US Army, he taught group exercises in a boot camp fashion, pushing his fellow soldiers to enhance their unit’s overall fitness. After the military, Bryan obtained his MBA from Boston University and later his CPA. Bryan began rowing in 2011, joining a new Veteran outreach team at Community Rowing, Inc. in Brighton. In 2012, he promoted the program by rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in 34 days, 15 hours, and 39 minutes aboard an 8-man rowboat, the Titan. He became the fastest American to row across the Atlantic. Feel free to ask Bryan about his time at sea or read about it in his upcoming book, ‘Rowing the Atlantic Ocean, a Love Story’.
For Bryan, Power Rowing is more than just fitness. Rowing changed Bryan's life. It helped him transition from military to civilian life – that is the power of the sport. His personal experience has shaped the business as a community of people that are committed, driven, passionate, and good. They understand that healthy individuals form healthy communities. The vision for this studio has always been to build and support a healthier community, individual by individual, and family by family. The good of one is meant to strengthen and contribute to the whole. When we all pull together, we can row an ocean.