Rowing is a sport that's often lumped in with dragon boat races or that random lost canoeist who is uncomfortably far from shore. Although if you prefer not to be browbeaten into a dangerous red shade by the sun, there's the option of an indoor rowing machine aka an ergometer.
But that humble ergometer gets lost among the mess of exercise machines. And there's a misconception that it only works out the arms and only people like Kevin Spacey are into it.
Okay, that last bit wasn't fair but you get the message: ergometers isn't getting the respect it deserves.
But rowing is going through a somewhat of a renaissance. Gone are the misconceptions that the ergometer only work on the arms. Studies have shown that rowing is a full-body workout; one that uses 86 percent of the muscles. Anyone of any fitness level can jump right into it and the low-impact workout is a real boon on the joints.
Of course, you can only get the full benefit of the ergometer if you have the proper technique: no slouching; don't flop your knees to the side when you finish; hold the ends of the oar with the first, middle, and ring fingers of each hand; and so on. If done correctly, you'll feel the burn in your upper back, arms, abs, obliques, quadriceps, calves. If performed incorrectly, lower back pain is a common refrain.
You'll learn about the fundamentals and more at Singapore's only rowing space, the… uh, Row Space. From its parent brand, Pulse Lab, The Row Space offers a plethora of classes that will guide you through the fundamentals and perfect your stroke. Classes like BRAVEHEART+ that's a high-intensity resistance training that pushes your limits as you build endurance, power and functional movement muscles. and the Open Row, where you can book one hour sessions to do whatever. Oh, you want specifics? You can get the instructors to help you with your form or work on a bespoke rowing programme. The WARRIOR+ class piques our interest. With a programme that fluctuates between an aerobic and anaerobic exercises, you'll soon see improvement in your functional movements and physical and mental fortitude.
While all these classes might sound like punishments, the experience is made easier when you're surrounded by other patrons who are encouraging and friendly. It's that sort of positivity that make all the blood, sweat and tears bearable.
The Row Space is located at 1 Aliwal St, Level 3 Unit 3B, Singapore 199894. For inquiries into their packages, contact them at 6239 5226 or via [email protected]