Welcome to the rowing community!
The first year spent rowing will be the most confusing and educational, yet novice year is generally regarded as one of the best years rowing.
High School Rowing
In the spring high school rowers compete over a 1,500 meter course. Both men and women compete in their own events that are arranged into varsity, freshmen, novice, and lightweight events so that each boat in the race is matched against rowers of comparable age, size, or skill level.
The stroke is made up of a cycle of the catch, in which oars are placed in the water; the drive, in which the legs are extended; the finish, in which oars come out of the water; and recovery, in which the rower’s body moves towards the stern in preparation for the next stroke.
Through each of these stages many different muscle groups work together in achieve a full stroke.
The Catch requires firing in your arms, back, and abdominals; the Drive is achieved by the major muscles of the legs, shoulders, and eventually into the upper body as a whole; in the Finish the body is supported by the abdominals, glutes, and quads as the Recovery is initiated by the hamstrings, calves, and many more. Even the tiny muscles in your neck, fingers, and toes are activated in rowing!
Through this rowing is proven to be a full body workout, elevating the heart-rate and creating an impressive cardiovascular and muscular endurance.