Find out why row­ing is re­plac­ing the spin class

Why row­ing is re­plac­ing our ob­ses­sion with spin

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Row­ing ma­chines are mak­ing a come­back. Once the slightly dull-seem­ing de­vice we’d re­luc­tantly jump on at the end of our gym ses­sion for a fin­isher, row­ing classes are fast re­plac­ing spin as our go-to car­dio work­out, as you can burn up to 1,000 calo­ries in a sin­gle ses­sion.


Owner of Meta­bolic Gym (@metabol­i­cldn), Lawrence Han­nah has been blaz­ing a trail for row­ing in the UK with the in­tro­duc­tion of Meta­bolic’s award-win­ning Meta-row classes, in­cor­po­rat­ing grouprow­ing blasts with strength cir­cuits. He tells heat, “Row­ing is a to­tal body work­out, tar­get­ing the legs, abs and up­per body. It makes de­mands of the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem, while also pro­mot­ing strength. Also, it’s a low-im­pact ex­er­cise, with less like­li­hood of in­jury.” But why train as a group? Of­ten, you’ll be work­ing to­wards a spe­cific tar­get – ei­ther a dis­tance or a calo­rie burn – and work­ing as a team will help you hit that mark.

“Train­ing solo can be re­ally tough,” says Lawrence. “You have to be su­per-mo­ti­vated and fo­cused. With a group, al­though it can be a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing at first, you get an en­ergy and a sense of team­work or com­mu­nity – al­most like you are all in it to­gether. So, when you hit that rough patch in the class, the buzz of the group can keep you go­ing.”


Thank­fully, row­ing on a ma­chine is much eas­ier than tak­ing to ac­tual wa­ter – and there’s less chance of tip­ping over­board. But there are still some tech­niques you’ll need to re­mem­ber to per­fect your stroke. “There are four phases to a stroke: the catch, the drive, the fin­ish and the re­cov­ery,” Lawrence ex­plains. “In the gym, I see too much em­pha­sis on the up­per body, and too many arched or bent backs – you should use your legs to gen­er­ate power, and try to hinge from the hips with a straight back.”

So, the only ques­tion that re­mains is: are you ready to row?

Louise Thomp­son gets her row on

Lawrence Han­nah cracks the whip Don’t be afraid to stick your oar in

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