Sunday, October 07, 2012

Row, row, row your boat

Many many moons ago, I was a college rower. I joined on a lark my freshman year, after opting against the walk-on swim team route. After years of competitive sports, I was tired of grueling 6 am practices and figured crew would be a fun, easy way to stay in shape and make some friends. That year, my team won nationals. Needless to say, it wasn't the competitive cakewalk I thought it would be. Two-a-day practices on the water, combined with weight/circuit training and hill running, kept me in the best shape of my life. Seriously, I wish I still had that body. 
After two years, I quit the team - a ruptured back disc providing the incentive I needed to give up on competitive college sports. But I'll never forget how much those workouts kicked my butt. And now it seems the rest of the athletic world is starting to pick up on the benefits of crew-related exercise. I was thrilled to recently see an online discount for a fitness studio in Atlanta now offering aerobics-based rowing classes. Yes, I went and bought it so I'll let you know if it's worth trying. But I have high hopes! And once I get through that set of classes, I just might have to look into joining a coed crew team! 

1 comment:

Sugar and Diet said...

It sounds like you found something you like that helps you remember some good times...and keep in shape. Good for you. I found Zumba almost a year ago, and it's helping me keep my weight down and suppress my apetite. I'm going sugar free and my health has never been better.