The Rowing Workout That Will Make You Weep
You know rowing is a great workout, but it can be mind-numbing. With the right tweaks, however, you can make it more fun and challenging.
The problem with the standard machine workout isn't rowing—it's that you're not out rowing a real boat. On the water, these movements would be stimulating, but in the gym they're stultifying. To build a V-shaped torso without losing your mind, do intervals, advises Topher Bordeau, head heavyweight rowing coach at Dartmouth College. "They spice things up and test your limits," he says. Give this sweat-inducing interval session a try.
Set the timer for 30 minutes. Warm up for five minutes, and then row as hard as you can for one minute. Go slowly for another minute. Now repeat—fast, then slow, for a minute each—until you hit the 25-minute mark. "Use the final five minutes to cool down or sob—your call," says Bordeau.