LHC Fitness: RowFit Chicago

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Rowing has been around for a while but recently made a move into the mainstream. Studios are popping up across the country as people line up to get that oh-so-desirable rower’s body. But this workout doesn’t just slim and tone, it offers some major health benefits that’ll benefit you for years to come. We partned up with Nell Shuttleworth at RowFit Chicago to get the scoop.

  • When you row, you use 84% of your muscles. Because you’re working every single muscle group, you accelerate your heart rate and improve heart health.
  • Risk of injury is minimal since the movements are natural and low-impact.
  • It’s great for improving joint health since the joints move through  wide range of motion.
  • It’s great for any age and a good option for people coming off an injury since it’s low-impact.

But as with any exercise, it’s important to learn the moves before you hit the machine.

  1. Always start pushing from your legs.
  2. Engage your core and push back, making sure everything is nice and tight. Be sure to keep your back straight.
  3. Repeat for desired amount of time.

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