Indoor Rowing

Organization Sponsor: Rowing Canada Aviron

Organization Partner: Nova Scotia Rowing Association


Program Description

Indoor Rowing Benefits

Rowing is a complete exercise. Arms, legs, chest, back and abs get a complete workout.
Rowing is:*

  • Low to no impact (easy on the knees and ankles) - the user controls the stress - not gravity!
  • High calorie burner - Next to cross country skiing!
  • Great for joint health - This is really important for runners. Rowing moves key joints through a full range of motions.
  • Upper body - your arms and upper back muscles complete each rowing stroke
  • Lower body, back and abdominals are all involved in initiating each stroke.

Rowing maintains excellent cardiovascular fitness. When winter or inclement weather keeps us inside we don't lose fitness!
With leagues, national championships and an on-line ranking system, indoor rowing is now officially the world's biggest participation indoor sport.Most people are encouraged by rowing's unrivalled fitness benefits. "Rowing uses the whole body with every stroke, so you get an all-over workout that recruits the muscles in your legs, buttocks, shoulders and stomach,"
Rowing Canada promotes indoor rowing and once a year sponsors a notional competition.
Across Canada on the same day, 2500 rowers of all ages and abilities will race in five Canadian cities: Toronto, Saskatoon, Dartmouth, near Montreal (St-Hyacinthe, Quebec) and Victoria on Concept 2 Model D Ergometers.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Equipment is bought together with other rowing clubs or gyms to place bulk orders and reduce costs. Funding for physical activity projects or youth grants are available.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This activity fulfills a need for passionate rowers to stay in shape during winter months and the benefits are immediately transferable to water sports. This equipment is also becoming more stsndard in weight rooms and gyms and offers nice variety for cardiovascular training.

Impact Of Program: 

In Nova Scotia there are around 400 serious competitive rowers and another 200 recreational. This equipment exists at all university and military gyms. Last year there were 2500 indoor rowing participants for national championships. NS Rowing Association hosted the Atlantic Division with over 100 competitors.

Evaluation Tools: 

Response from participants and clubs.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Ocean provinces have large numbers of youth choosing rowing as a passion and this has inspired the indoor traing events. Having competitions has created even more enthusiasim. This equipment is cheaper than cardio training machines and is much easier to maintain.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Beginners or those not use to the rowing machines think that it doesn't offer a good work out as compared to treadmilss and bicycles but in fact it engages all the muscles of the body and offers a low impact workout.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Indoor rowing events have been hosted by NS Rowing Association since 2004.

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