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How NOT to Row!

By Jennifer Sage On September 27, 2014 Under Contraindications, Form and Technique, General Advice

Whoa, take a look at these two videos…


Enough to make you shake your head in disbelief, right?

There is a very specific, biomechanically correct way to row. If you venture outside of that proper technique, you are putting yourself at a pretty big risk. Same with boxing and kickboxing, and pretty much any movement, including lifting weights, but it is heightened when the movement is repetitive…like rowing or riding a bike.

Wouldn’t you like to know what that correct technique is so when you get on the rower you aren’t wasting your time doing ineffective, silly moves that might actually injure you?  Rowing correctly offers optimal power output and maximal fitness gains, not to mention a greater caloric consumption, while reducing the chances of injury.

Of course you would want to know how to do it safely and effectively!

Crazy, potentially dangerous moves on a piece of equipment like this have no place in a gym. The gym might have floor staff who offer suggestions, but even then, people will do their own thing. As silly as these are, at least these guys aren’t leading others along in their insanity.

It would be completely irresponsible if an instructor lead a rowing class with moves like these.

This is no different than some of the popular but silly, superfluous techniques that have become prominent in some indoor cycling classes. The top one is like “tap backs” on a bike and the bottom one is a cornucopia of almost every contraindicated popular move in cycling classes using weights and gyrations of the body while pedaling.

If these moves infiltrate into rowing classes like they have into cycling classes, the fitness industry has truly jumped the shark.

Here are some examples of those indoor cycling classes that resemble these guys on the rower:

Too many dangerous moves to list with Lila

Crunches

Bands and Weights

Here is another awkward gym moment

***and someone tell me…what is it with the plastic-wrapped bare feet in the 2nd video? Trying to lose weight by making his feet sweat? 😮

 

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