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    Dumb question first: I've recently started at the rowing club where I live on the coast, and we're doing a lot of running, ergo training and sometimes weights - last time we alternated rowing 3000m on the machines and running. We won't actually be rowing on the water until spring when it's lighter outside but I loveeeee it so far. However, I was just wondering....is this going to give me hench man muscles? I know loads of girls ask these sorts of questions and it's not like I'm going to quit a sport I really enjoy because of it but yeah, just curious. Will it make me lean and skinny (assuming I continue to eat a regular diet) or...bulky?

    More general question, do any of you people row? What are its main health benefits, looking at it as an exercise form as well as a fun and enjoyable sport?
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    rowing is a very healthy activity. you will develop healthy muscles but not like a shot-putter. here are some lady rowers:

    http://athletics.trincoll.edu/sports...w1415Recap.jpg
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    Even lifting big weights won't make you look like a man, you don't have the hormonal make-up for that. Rowing in itself will build very little muscle if any, it's a low resistance activity based more around endurance than anything.
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    They're just shoulders, and it depends .
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    (Original post by Nirvana1989-1994)
    They're just shoulders, and it depends .
    😂😂😂😂
    I used to do rowing I love it, so fun 😂😭
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    (Original post by Reachin4TheStars)
    😂😂😂😂
    I used to do rowing I love it, so fun 😂😭
    It is.
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    (Original post by Nirvana1989-1994)
    It is.
    Man shoulders tho 😂😂
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    (Original post by Reachin4TheStars)
    Man shoulders tho 😂😂
    Yeah, what's wrong with shoulders that are a bit broad, they're just shoulders.
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    (Original post by Nirvana1989-1994)
    Yeah, what's wrong with shoulders that are a bit broad, they're just shoulders.
    Ik I mean what she means by man shoulders 😂
    I have kinda broader shoulders myself so I can't say anything against it but I weren't gonaa anyway 😬🙈
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    (Original post by Reachin4TheStars)
    Ik I mean what she means by man shoulders 😂
    I have kinda broader shoulders myself so I can't say anything against it but I weren't gonaa anyway 😬🙈
    Yeah, but there's no point her crying about it. Shoulders are shoulders.
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    (Original post by aeroplanedriver)
    Dumb question first: I've recently started at the rowing club where I live on the coast, and we're doing a lot of running, ergo training and sometimes weights - last time we alternated rowing 3000m on the machines and running. We won't actually be rowing on the water until spring when it's lighter outside but I loveeeee it so far. However, I was just wondering....is this going to give me hench man muscles? I know loads of girls ask these sorts of questions and it's not like I'm going to quit a sport I really enjoy because of it but yeah, just curious. Will it make me lean and skinny (assuming I continue to eat a regular diet) or...bulky?

    More general question, do any of you people row? What are its main health benefits, looking at it as an exercise form as well as a fun and enjoyable sport?
    Hi there, I'm a rower

    Rowing is tremendously good for you and joining a rowing team is one of the most intense and rewarding experiences. It's low impact so your joints should hold up, and it's great cardiovascular work and great for your muscles. You'll gain very small amounts of muscle in your legs/core/back but let me reiterate... very small. You'll burn lots of fat too, as rowing burns a hell of a lot of calories so you'll most likely be in a deficit.

    Your body composition will be predominantly determined by your diet, but as part of the rowing program you'll also be lifting weights. After a good year or so your body will change shape. You'll probably do lots of core and circuit training.

    Overall, you'll be a beast

    (in a good way)
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    (Original post by the bear)
    rowing is a very healthy activity. you will develop healthy muscles but not like a shot-putter. here are some lady rowers:

    http://athletics.trincoll.edu/sports...w1415Recap.jpg
    not really representative of the average lady rower, those beautiful girls do look a little on the chunky side...
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    (Original post by Nirvana1989-1994)
    Yeah, but there's no point her crying about it. Shoulders are shoulders.
    yeah ik true.
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    (Original post by hezzlington)
    not really representative of the average lady rower, those beautiful girls do look a little on the chunky side...
    hmmmm... i need to do more research :teehee:
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    (Original post by hezzlington)
    Hi there, I'm a rower

    Rowing is tremendously good for you and joining a rowing team is one of the most intense and rewarding experiences. It's low impact so your joints should hold up, and it's great cardiovascular work and great for your muscles. You'll gain very small amounts of muscle in your legs/core/back but let me reiterate... very small. You'll burn lots of fat too, as rowing burns a hell of a lot of calories so you'll most likely be in a deficit.

    Your body composition will be predominantly determined by your diet, but as part of the rowing program you'll also be lifting weights. After a good year or so your body will change shape. You'll probably do lots of core and circuit training.

    Overall, you'll be a beast

    (in a good way)
    Thanks v much, that's what I wanted to know
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    Hey, I row! And it's wonderful. After a couple of years of rowing my shoulder's aren't manly, actually they've slimmed down and become very lean (along with the rest of me thankfully!). I lost so much fat all over, particularly on my waist. Remember that most of rowing is done with your legs, not your arms. I'm not sure I agree with one of the posters above because I have gained a fair bit of muscle in my core and my legs, and some definition in my arms. I do weights sessions alongside rowing though Went to the chiropractor yesterday (I won't pretend that I don't get back pain) and he said my back muscles were beautiful I'm blushing rn

    All these people saying rowing is fun! Haha...it's fun when I've finished, ragging at the time.
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    (Original post by epsilondelta)
    Hey, I row! And it's wonderful. After a couple of years of rowing my shoulder's aren't manly, actually they've slimmed down and become very lean (along with the rest of me thankfully!). I lost so much fat all over, particularly on my waist. Remember that most of rowing is done with your legs, not your arms. I'm not sure I agree with one of the posters above because I have gained a fair bit of muscle in my core and my legs, and some definition in my arms. I do weights sessions alongside rowing though Went to the chiropractor yesterday (I won't pretend that I don't get back pain) and he said my back muscles were beautiful I'm blushing rn

    All these people saying rowing is fun! Haha...it's fun when I've finished, ragging at the time.
    yeah winter training and all the steady state is killing me

    Much prefer regatta season
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    (Original post by hezzlington)
    yeah winter training and all the steady state is killing me

    Much prefer regatta season
    ME TOO it's awful isn't it! It's just so painful haha and you don't get any of the thrill that you do on the water inside

    It's coming! And we shall be ready
 
 
 
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