Even the most advanced rowing ergometers get boring at some point. The reason for this: The movements during rowing training basically remain the same . The much bigger problem with rowing machines is that only the same muscle groups are used – the training effect decreases with each row .
Types of row in rowing training
We at ruderergometer-hafen.de have therefore put together a training plan that provides variety!
Legs only rowing
Here you only use your legs and strengthen them more than with the usual rowing training. The rower should keep arms and upper body as stiff as possible. Instead, only the legs are used and they push off, like a leg press. So you can forget about the oar handle with legs only rowing.
Any rowing machine is suitable for this technique.
In any case, as you would otherwise during rowing, strap on the foot straps!
Arms Only Rowing
The reverse version of legs only rowing. Here you only use your arms.
The rowing technique is a little unfamiliar at the beginning, because one is tempted to make rowing easier by using the leg muscles. But they stay stretched or slightly angled to protect the knees.
Arms and Body Only Rowing
This variant comes a little closer to the usual rowing sport , as you not only move your arms here, but also your upper body. Arm muscles, back and shoulders are trained with this rowing technique.
The slide drill is a combination of Arms Only Rowing, Arms and Body Only Rowing and ordinary rowing. An exemplary training plan looks like this:
- 20 strokes of Arms Only Rowing
- 20 strokes of “Arms and Body Only Rowing”
- 20 strokes of normal rowing technique, but only slide your seat back halfway through the rowing machine
- 20 strokes in which you fully stretch your legs
The Slide Drill is good for warming up and for rowers who already have a lot of experience on the rowing machine.
Feet Out Rowing
Feet Out Rowing is more of a rowing technique than an independent exercise and can basically be applied to all exercises. During the rowing training, the rower refrains from putting his feet in the foot straps.
The joke is that the leg muscles are being used all the time. Because if the feet slip off, the rowing is also interrupted or there is a reprimand from the rowing trainer;)
This technique is also useful if you often slip off your foot straps. You can also train the longitudinal and transverse arches of your foot muscles during rowing.