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I want to get involved in rowing, where should I start and what should I be aware of?

Asked by SofaKingWright (530 points ) July 17th, 2011

To anyone who is experienced with rowing:

I would very much like to get involved with the rowing team at my University in the fall. I have never rowed before, however I am in decent physical shape so I feel as though I would be up to the task with some exercise over the summer. Is there anything I should know about rowing specifically, in order to prepare myself for it, so I can jump into it in the fall?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Not personally, but high school friend was on rowing team at college. Strong leg muscles and back, lots of sit-ups and wrist exercises.

heresjohnny's avatar

If your university is anything like mine was, there should be no problem coming in with no experience. Even knowing you want to row in the fall puts you ahead of most people coming in. I had no interest whatsoever in rowing, but they kept on approaching me (I’m tall), until I agreed to go to an informational meeting. The rest as they say, is history.

Do some running, cycling, swimming, some type of aerobic exercise over the summer, get a good solid aerobic base to build on. Long, steady state. They will teach you how to row, so don’t worry about that. And they WILL get you in shape. Again, I wasn’t in fantastic shape when I started. A couple months of crew and I was in the best shape of my life. But if you’re already relatively fit and have a solid aerobic base, it may be a little easier on you.

Other than that, do a little research. Learn some terms (again, they will teach you, but it can’t hurt). Learn about the history of rowing; did you know it’s the oldest intercollegiate sport?

If you have any other questions, you can post again or PM me, I’d be happy to answer them. Good luck, and have fun. My years of crew are an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. Congratulations on choosing the best sport (yes, I know I’m very biased).

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