Rowing is a great form of exercise, as every major muscle group is called into action during the rowing stroke. Rowing is a sport that utilizes our body’s levers: arms, legs and back – to push the oars through the water.
For these levers to be most effective, it’s important that there is good control from the core and the levers are maintained in good alignment or posture: this is where Pilates can be a very beneficial addition to training.
Below are some Dynamic Pilates exercises to combine with your training.
Quadruped with band: Aim: Works on your centre control and increases gluts and oblique strength and endurance.
Lunge with knee lift: Aim: Works on centre and gluts control bringing in ballistic power from the hip.
Breast stroke prep with band: Aim: Improves awareness and control in the upper trunk, particularly around the neck and shoulders: promoting upper limb power.
Kneeling row with band: Aim: Works on centre control with trunk rotation and power with upper limb.