ROW­ING: YOUR Best Arm Work­out Ever!

Seen as 2017’s an­swer to spin­ning, row­ing’s about to go main­stream. Look In­flu­encer Har­riet Austin gives us the low­down...

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Har­riet Austin, 28, is a mem­ber of the Ox­ford Univer­sity Women’s Boat Club and her train­ing sched­ule for this year’s Can­cer Re­search UK Boat Races on 2 April is gru­elling. We sat down with her to dis­cuss 4.45am starts, twice-daily train­ing ses­sions and why row­ing should be your new morn­ing sweat ses­sion ob­ses­sion.

Why row?

It’s a low-im­pact work­out, so you can do it for longer than other sports, plus it works your whole body. Row­ing is about 60 per cent legs, 30 per cent back and 10 per cent arms. Ideal for fat loss and for mus­cle ton­ing, row­ing is a great mix­ture of skill, strength and en­durance, and the team­work is a big part of it too.

The row Work­out

Ali Wil­liams, chief coach for Ox­ford Univer­sity Women’s Boat Club, has cre­ated a work­out for be­gin­ners (see right). In a hurry? Try halv­ing the time, but go even harder!

Be­fore you Be­gin

Ad­just the foot stretch­ers on the ma­chine to fit your feet and set the fly­wheel damper to four.

five mins Warm-up

Eight sets of three mins on a rate of 22 strokes-per-minute. In be­tween sets, row for one min at a steady rate. Do a five-min cool-down, too.

Har­riet Austin with fel­low row­ers Emily cameron (left) and chloe Lav­er­ack (right)

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