Do you have thicker thighs?
So, instead of hurting myself by compensating with my form, learn how to still row well, so that you don't get injured. Here's my tricks for rowing as an "obese" woman with thicker thighs!
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Are you using the rowing machine as a form of cardio for weight-loss? Or maybe you are just out of shape, like me, and have a bit of belly or thicker thighs. I do. I am a size 16 pants. I can't even get that size in a normal store...which is another ridiculous story, but still. I am by no means a stick figure or a model. I can't get into that amazing "perfect" position for rowing for a few reasons. One, I have a belly and thighs. Two, I have had three ankle surgeries. But...I still rowed in college at a D1 school, even after three surgeries. I row now! I don't let it stop me. However, there are some things we can do on the machine to help us out.
Check out the video to see what I mean.
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!