What is Rowing?
If you have enjoyed watching rowing, been on a rowing machine in the gym or are feeling inspired to give it a go, why not find out more about what British Rowing can offer for you?
British Rowing Learn to Row courses are aimed at complete beginners. For people with no knowledge about rowing, and carefully build skills so that you can call yourself a rower at the end of the program.
Find out what your nearest rowing club has to offer and get yourself on the water.
Getting on the water is simple. British Rowing Clubs provide Learn to Row courses aimed
at complete beginners and are for people with no knowledge about rowing. They carefully build skills on the water in a fun and social environment, and will upskill you to be able to call yourself a rower at the end of the program.
If you prefer rowing on dry land we can help with that too. Check out our new Indoor Rowing section where you will find top tips, training plans, technology apps and workout videos to help you get started through our new program Go Row Indoor.
Rowing indoor or outdoor is the perfect exercise for you. Here's why?
- Full body workout- A fantastic cardiovascular and aerobic workout
- Supports weight loss, increased stamina etc.
- The movement of every stroke uses 85% of your body's muscles covering 9 major muscle groups. This makes it a great tool to help you tone up.
- Anyone can do it- Suitable for all ages (11+), abilities, body types and fitness levels.
- Efficient fat burning- Burning over 300 calories in 30 minutes.
- Easy to learn and you can improve every time.
- Most of all it's fun and there are many tools to help you enjoy taking part.
Rowing, specifically indoor rowing is very cheap to get started. Nearly every gym in the UK has access to an indoor rowing machine, making it the most accessible piece of kit in the gym environment today.
For an annual on-water club membership costs start from £35 per year, with clubs providing training programmes, social activities, recreational and competitive opportunities, volunteer coaching and the use of facilities and boats. Most clubs will offer subsidised rates for juniors, students and social members. Free taster sessions are also available at some clubs to help give you an opportunity to get onto the water for the first time.
There are a variety of ways to get into the sport rowing, this includes:
- On- water - fixed and sliding seat rowing for beginners of all ages. This is based on rivers, lakes, canals and the coast. Your next learn to row course is just a click away.
- Volunteering - British Rowing community clubs offer a range of opportunities for people to get involved in volunteering either through coaching, event delivery, social activities etc.
- Coaching - British Rowing offers a range of coaching and training qualifications and workshops which can help new interested coaches on a pathway into the sport.
- Go Row Indoor - Be a part of British Rowing's new indoor rowing program helping more people to row indoors in gyms, workplaces, and sports clubs.
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- Rowing has been staged at every Olympic Games except Athens in 1896, when stormy seas caused it to be cancelled.
- Women made their debut at the Games in 1976 in Montreal, while Atlanta 1996 marked the introduction of the lightweight events.
- Rowing is the nation's most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.
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