Rowing Stretching Routine
To perfectly handle continuous rowing motions, it is crucial for rowers to increase muscle flexibility through a rowing stretching routine.
Every sport requires specific muscles to be more flexible. This is because during the sport, players need to perform a variety of movements that they do not normally perform in their regular lives. One such sport is rowing, which requires high upper body strength and endurance level. This can be achieved when your rowing training includes a well-structured rowing stretching routine.
Muscles used in Rowing
Rowing places a large emphasis on the core muscles, as well as the muscles of the arms, shoulders and back. These muscles must have strength enough to efficiently and swiftly pull the oars through the water. Muscles should also be conditioned well to be able to handle the continuous rowing motion. The following muscles are strongly at play during rowing:
- In the upper back, the trapezius, rhomboids and latissimus dorsi muscles are used.
- Among the chest and shoulder muscles, the deltoids, rotator cuff muscles and the pectorals are involved.
- The muscles of hand, forearms, wrist and arms (the biceps and triceps) are important.
- The core muscles, such as the rectus abdominus and obliques, and the spinal erectors are involved.
The Benefits of a Rowing Stretching Routine
One of the major benefits of stretching is increased range of motion, whether it is for rowing or any other sport. Apart from improving flexibility, a regular stretching routine also helps reduce the likelihood of muscle injuries that rowers are generally prone to, such as wrist and shoulder tendinitis, knee bursitis, patellar tendinitis and lower back pain.
Also, a regular stretching routine is key to maintaining flexibility, which in turn fosters a good posture and reduces lower back pain and discomfort.
Despite the numerous benefits, it is important to bear in mind that stretching can have detrimental effects when done incorrectly. Improperly done stretches can over time cause permanent damage to ligaments and joint. When performing the stretching routine below, be sure to warm up first and if any of the exercises cause pain or severe discomfort, discontinue immediately. Review my article on the rules for safe stretching for more information.
Watch the Rowing Stretching Routine
Click on the play button below to watch the 10 minute rowing stretching routine video.
Get more Stretching Exercises here...
To do away with stiff, tight muscles and joints, and improve your full body mobility and freedom of movement, grab a copy of the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility (Handbook, DVD & CD-ROM).
In total, they include 135 clear photographs and 44 video demonstrations of unique stretching exercises for every major muscle group in your body. Plus, over 80 printable stretching routines for 22 sports and 19 different muscle groups.
The DVD also includes 3 customized stretching routines (8 minutes each) for the Upper Body; the Lower Body; and the Neck, Back & Core, plus a bonus CD-ROM that allows you to print out over 80 stretching routines that you can take with you wherever you go.
The Handbook and DVD will show you, step-by-step, how to perform each stretch correctly. Plus, you'll also learn the 7 critical rules for safe stretching; the benefits of flexibility; and how to stretch properly. Check out the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility for yourself.
About the Author: Brad is often referred to as the "Stretch Coach" and has even been called the Stretching Guru. Magazines such as Runners World, Bicycling, Triathlete, Swimming & Fitness, and Triathlon Sports have all featured his work. Amazon has listed his books on five Best-Seller lists. Google cites over 100,000 references to him and his work on the internet. And satisfied customers from 122 countries have sent 100's of testimonials. If you want to know about stretching, flexibility or sports injury management, Brad Walker is the go-to-guy.