It is clear that the build of rowers has changed since the early days of the sport. 50 years previous the build of average rowers were quite small, the emphasis being on lightness and a body built for endurance. Nowadays however, rowers are a great deal larger and their body proportions are very different. Rowers are now seletced when they are young if they show promising shape and what they eat is closely monitored in order to allow their bodies to develop in the right way. An ideal rowing body is what then?
Firstly, rowers obviously have height on their side, often being taller than average surfboards. Women can reach over six foot and men six and a half. This allows their stroke to be much larger than the average man/woman and this longer stroke means that they can generate much greater power. Regularly squatting their own body weight, a rowers legs are one of the strongest parts of their body and they do a lot of gym work to maintain them. This strong lower body is the powerhouse of the motion and is essential in both generating momentum at the beginning of the race and keeping the boat moving at a steady pace until the boat crosses the finish line. Next time you are at a rowing event, cycling along the river bank on your mountain bikes take a look at the legs of the rowers when they are pulling away from the start. You will view a supreeme site as they pulsate and create great power. These strains would likely be unbearable for a normal humans lower body to bear.
A rower’s back is the other element that is super-humanly strong. The bad posture that rowers pocess means that they have difficulties with other sports and everyday tasks but means that they are optimally shaped for movement on the water. Their backs are very well built and rounded and this allows them to pull the ores back with immense force, and much like the legs, maintain that force throughout the race. Lastly, whilst rowers are very well built, they actually have a great deal of slow-twitch fibres in their muscles (often associated with long distance athletes). This means that they can work for long periods of time which is useful as a large number of races are over a mile long. A lot of rowing events are long distance and you’ll see these are often suited to slighter body types. That said, rowers also hold a good number of fast-twitch muscle fibres,giving strength and speed that are required as well. For snowboards and canoes please visit EST.
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