Do you row every week?
Do you do strength training off the machine?
If you aren't strength training, you should! Rowing is a great workout, but it only works some muscles of the shoulder. If you have a shoulder injury or are getting some should pain, these are some things I recommend giving a shot off the water or machine so you can keep rowing longer without being sidelined due to injury.
Do you use the rowing machine for a warm-up, workout, or both?
Depending on what your purpose is, that changes how you should use the machine.
In clinic, I notice a lot of people using the indoor rower as a warm-up, but they mention getting hurt almost instantly when rowing. When they demonstrate, they are actually going really quickly and pulling pretty hard. That's like going for a sprint for a warm-up. So based on your goal, you might want to use the machine a little bit differently. Checkout the video for some advice.
Do you get tingling or numbness in your arms when rowing?
If so, check this video out. I talk a little bit about why it might be happening, the anatomy of it, and some things to pay attention to when on the rowing machine that might be contributing to some of the symptoms.
Comment below if you thought it was helpful or have any questions.
I have seen quite a few people mention that they row 5k+ a day or they row 5x/week. That is awesome!
I am so happy to see that rowing is becoming something that anyone can do in their living room, gym, hotel, etc. Instead of it being the machine no one uses, it's becoming a pretty popular thing. That is sooooo amazing!
However, with this trend comes a lot of things, which I will get to in time. However, simply put, people get so excited to do what they like that they forget about other things.
Rowing is a great working! Don't get me wrong...but you need to do other things besides just row.
I have gotten this question a lot,
Do I need to do strength training or other things for my shoulder to not get aggravated?
YES! YES! YES! Please do!
In this video I go over why this is the case. But basically, we do a lot of things in our day and since rowing is a highly repetitive motion that is also in a sitting position, we need to take care of the other muscles groups that aren't being worked as much. So to keep everything nice and balanced, there are some things you can do for your shoulder to help eep your muscles and body happier so you can stay on the rowing machine!
Amanda Painter is the Rowing Doc. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is here to help people stay active and rowing without aches and pains so they can keep doing what they love!