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...
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.
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)