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In the Beginning - (row2k features)

In the Beginning - (row2k features) | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it

In an era of early specialization in sports, rowing is an outlier...


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Balmain Rowing Club's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:59 PM

...a few stories of those first seasons of rowing—the blossoming of athletes from naïve teens to curious parents...this is about people who fell in love with rowing.

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The latest and greatest, mostly on indoor rowing, but also the best bits about on-water rowing, nutrition & health, and marketing that rowing business.
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Fitness fads that should fade in 2016

Fitness fads that should fade in 2016 | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Some have been overtaken by new trends, and others should just be retired.

Via Peter Mellow
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On the outs in 2016, big box gyms: "People are demanding better classes, more attention and new concepts, all of which they can find in the boutique studio,” said personal trainer Gerard Burley (a.k.a. Coach G). “The emergence of more and more studios with higher prices are showing that people don’t care about paying a little more for better instruction.”

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Why short bursts of activity boost fitness in the body

Why short bursts of activity boost fitness in the body | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
High-intensity training (HIIT) has become popular with athletes and amateurs and now scientists know why

Via Peter Mellow
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Regardless of your fitness goals (weight loss, competition, general fitness and strength building) high-intensity intervals are an important component of any fitness program.  This article demonstrates why we love to do intervals on the rowing machine.  If you'd like to see examples of rowing interval workouts, check out our workouts page: http://ucanrow2.com/indoor-rowing-workouts/.

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nancercize's curator insight, November 3, 2015 12:45 PM

Get out there and run around the block!

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The Rise of Indoor Rowing, the Next Big Thing in Group Fitness

The Rise of Indoor Rowing, the Next Big Thing in Group Fitness | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Group rowing classes like CityRow and Row House are the next boutique workout craze
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It's great to see the world finally catching on to the joys of indoor rowing. Several studios we know well featured here, including our friends at New York City's Throwback Fitness, where they're certified to teach indoor rowing. Learn more about certification here: http://ucanrow2.com/instructors/

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How to Drive Website Traffic With Instagram

How to Drive Website Traffic With Instagram | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Are you using Instagram to market your business? In this article, you'll discover how to use Instagram to drive traffic to your website.

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Rowing, including the indoor variety, is such a photogenic activity.  It's perfect for Instagram!  Here's a great rundown on how to use this popular platform to promote yourself. 

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David Blundell's curator insight, September 30, 2015 12:47 AM

Really good post that you should read if Instagram is part of your marketing mix . . .

Mery Elvis Mt's curator insight, October 7, 2015 12:54 AM

Instagram es una gran plataforma para atraer tráfico a tu página web

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How to Promote Every Piece of Content You Create (in Less Than an Hour a Day!)

How to Promote Every Piece of Content You Create (in Less Than an Hour a Day!) | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Back in the old days of the Internet – that is, the late 90’s and early 2000’s – “build it and they will come” was a fantastic strategy.
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Age Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Fitness

Age Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Fitness | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it

“ Want to continue to crush well into your 80s? Here’s how.”

 

Last February, 59-year-old Ned Overend, aka “The Lung,” aka “Deadly Nedly,” won the first National Fatbike Championships, held in Ogden, Utah. Fat Bike Nats isn’t exactly the Tour de France, but it’s no charity ride, either. Overend had to compete against a field of much younger pros, including former national mountain bike champion Travis Brown, 46, on a tough 19-mile course.

 

It’s tempting to dismiss Overend as a genetic freak, an outlier who defies comparison with the rest of us. He has dominated nearly every sport he’s entered since the early ’90s, from cross-country mountain bike racing to off-road triathlon. But even among the genetically gifted—and many elite athletes are—Overend is unique in his competitive longevity. Which is the reason he’s also one of the dozen or so athletes spotlighted in Joe Friel’s latest book, Fast After 50 (Velo Press), part of a growing library devoted to salt-and-pepper chargers past (and occasionally well past) the half-century mark.


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Our UCanRow2 workouts are designed to achieve exactly what they're talking about here, using the rowing machine and SkiErg to get the heart rate high.  "Friel believes the key lies in intensity—that is, consistently jacking your heart rate into the upper echelons of its potential peak ... all those intervals you did in college? You never should have stopped. If anything, they become more vital as you get older."

 

Go ahead, steal one of our workouts: http://ucanrow2.com/indoor-rowing-workouts/

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Randy Bauer's curator insight, August 26, 2015 9:32 PM

Fitness is a State-of-Mind

 

Ricardo Tubino's curator insight, August 31, 2015 12:37 PM

As a Physical Therapist dealing with multiple patients over 60, it is obvious to me that lifestyle has  much to do with how active you will remain into your later years. Active lifestyle leads to fit seniors. And it also my experience that  it is never really too late.

Julianna Bonola's curator insight, September 2, 2015 1:52 AM

Ah ha! So being older can actually be to our advantage - all we have to do is 'do' whatever it is we do, diligently to get great long term results.  Of course that we have more time to 'do' once we retire is the key.  So don't just sit there, get up and 'do' something for your health.

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Out of ideas? Take a walk

Out of ideas? Take a walk | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Norwegian study argues ‘walking for thinking’ is exercise that all researchers can benefit from

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No Bubblegum's curator insight, September 13, 2015 12:24 PM

Absolutely! This ties in with our article about Creativity and Exercise - check it out: www.nobubblegum.com/en/sweat-a-creative-juice

 

Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, September 19, 2015 7:41 AM

According to the American Heart Association, research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:


  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes


Of course, most of this has been known, researched, and written about for years. What is NOT so commonly known is the connection between physical activity, mental activity, and creativity.


Exercises such as walking, in addition to their well known health benefits, tend, in part because of their repetitive actions, to produce a meditative state in which the mind is freed from its normal "churning" and allowed to wander freely along mental pathways. It is during this meditative state, similar to that achieved by those who actually DO meditate, that ideas pop up, problems are solved, and plans are made.


Learn more about meditation at: http://nodiet4me.com/yoga/meditation/ .

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Yoga Eases Symptoms of Chronic Low Back Pain

Yoga Eases Symptoms of Chronic Low Back Pain | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Yoga sessions were related to better back-related function as well as reduced symptoms of chronic low back pain in the biggest controlled study of yoga so far.

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The benefits of yoga are obviously well-known.  We like it too in combination with rowing for either a totally Zen workout or a nice balance of high- and low-intensity.  

 

Low-intensity workouts could be done on-and-off the machine, where you would do the yoga moves then get into the Zen of the flywheel on the erg.  If you're planning on a higher intensity erg session we recommend starting there and ending with the yoga .  Music can help you strike a consistent chord so think about some appropriate yoga-ish tunes for your erg warmup, for example.  

 

If you want to check out some of our fave classes look for our master instructor Angela Hart and her RowFlow class at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA outside Washington, DC.  Or if you're in South Carolina don't miss Laura Caylor's Row-Ga class at Greenville Indoor Rowing.  She's certified in indoor rowing, Row-Ga (created by Angela) and yoga. 

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The ideal amount of standing time revealed

The ideal amount of standing time revealed | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
A consensus statement published last month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine recommended that people in desk jobs aim initially for two hours of standing or light walking each day, gradually building to four hours of nonsedentary activity during the day.

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Standing desks.  Best thing ever. 

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300 minutes of exercise a week for postmenopausal women to lose weight ... - Globalnews.ca

300 minutes of exercise a week for postmenopausal women to lose weight ... - Globalnews.ca | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
A year-long study in Calgary involved 400 inactive, postmenopausal women who agreed to get moving so researchers could see if exercise could help them reduce their breast cancer risk.
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Boost Your Rowing Performance With These 4 Tips

Boost Your Rowing Performance With These 4 Tips | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
CrossFitters are alwaCrossFitters are always looking to improve performance by working on weaknesses. (At least that’s what they should be doing.) Rowing is most likely one of them. Why is rowing a part of CrossFit anyway?
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Excellent technique cues that all CrossFitters -- and all indoor rowers -- should take to heart. 

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Take a Seat | Concept2

Take a Seat | Concept2 | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Get set up on the indoor rower seat properly to maximize your workouts. Here's our in depth look: http://t.co/8W8odDK9rO #rowing #erg
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How to Target the Fitness Market for Your Hotel or Resort | Advanced Exercise Blog

How to Target the Fitness Market for Your Hotel or Resort | Advanced Exercise Blog | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Check out our business tips for hotels and resorts regarding their fitness spaces. Learn what people want from their stay!
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This could easily extend beyond just hotels and resorts.  Especially this piece of advice: Stay current on fitness trends. Our tip: Add indoor rowing! 

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4 Ways Your Workout Should Change After You Turn 40

4 Ways Your Workout Should Change After You Turn 40 | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Focus on training your functional strength daily, and make sure to stretch, in order to have the best workout as you age

Via Peter Mellow
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We say, keep the high intensity workouts but limit the number you do every week, and be sure to add stretching, balance and functional fitness work, as they recommend here.  

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Steve Anderson's curator insight, January 9, 11:01 PM

She suggests taking up tai chi,Pilates, or yoga, all of which can improve stability;  Really that sounds so girly.

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The Ultimate Internal Linking Cheat Sheet

The Ultimate Internal Linking Cheat Sheet | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
How to create a strong internal linking strategy to boost your SEO efforts and also make the journey through your website as easy as possible for visitors.
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If you've already got a website for your fitness business that's great, and we applaud you for moving beyond just having a Facebook page.  Here are some easy-to-follow tips that will help you pump up that website's muscle. 

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Yoga for Cardio Lovers: 8 Poses to Build Strength

Yoga for Cardio Lovers: 8 Poses to Build Strength | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
If your fitness routine largely consists of activities like running, walking or cycling, you might be missing out on the benefits of resistance training. This yoga-focused workout, which uses body weight and the support of props to enhance muscular strength and endurance, is a great way to introduce this essential component to your training regimen.
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A regular yoga practice is one of the best ways to keep a cardio or weight regime humming along.  Try these basic moves, your body will thank you! 

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Indoor Rowing Basic Course - Cincinnati - RegOnline

Indoor Rowing Basic Course - Cincinnati - RegOnline | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
The indoor rowing revolution has arrived!
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Last chance for indoor rowing certification in the midwest this year! It's our first time in Cincinnati, and we probably won't be back for at least another year. Jump in and get certified to teach indoor rowing classes, or get technique coaching from the experts. 

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Boutique fitness studios growing fast in US - Colorado Springs Gazette

Boutique fitness studios growing fast in US - Colorado Springs Gazette | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
NEW YORK
Slim one-room gyms are in, and the low cost of starting them is turning gym rats and workout instructors into entrepreneurs.
There are no Olympic-sized pools, rows of treadmills or steam rooms in these small fitness studios.
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We see this all the time in boutique rowing studios that are opening across the country.  Small-group fitness and high intensity workouts (HIIT) are where it's at!

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Cross-training: how to train for running without running

Cross-training: how to train for running without running | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
If you're nursing a running injury, get creative to stay in peak condition.

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Rowing is EXCELLENT cross training for running: http://www.active.com/running/articles/why-runners-should-be-rowers

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Bridge Yoga Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

Bridge Yoga Pose (Setu Bandhasana) | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
The bridge pose will increase flexibility in the back as it stretches and relieves tension in the shoulders and neck.

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Adequate back strength and stretching is an important counter to the push-pull motion of indoor rowing.  The bridge pose will also help ease out any tightness in your hips and hip flexors, which can also take a hit from extended time on the rowing machine. 

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Rowing Certification Hits Central Florida! - UCanRow2

Rowing Certification Hits Central Florida! - UCanRow2 | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Concept2 indoor rowing certification is coming to central Florida in December! Learn more about the courses, and get links to sign up.
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Poor sleeping patterns link to cancer

Poor sleeping patterns link to cancer | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
Irregular sleeping patterns are "unequivocally" shown to lead to cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests.

Via Peter Mellow
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Easy to say, when it comes to sleeping when you have cancer, but it's so important.  Sadly, we're all too familiar with this at UCanRow2: http://ucanrow2.com/living-with-cancer-what-a-concept-2/. ;

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Rowing Technique: Rowing machine racing starts

A racing start on the rowing machine will dramatically improve your times for short distances and sprints. See how you can do a rowing racing start, and pick up ...
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How to Boost Member Retention with Group Exercise - Club Industry

How to Boost Member Retention with Group Exercise - Club Industry | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
If your health club’s biggest challenge is keeping members, studies show that long-term members are more likely to participate in group exercise than new members.
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There's nothing quite like the group environment to get people moving, build community and keep people coming back so they get results from their fitness efforts.  Indoor rowing, of course, is a great place to start in our view. 

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Leverage Your Newsletter to Increase Leads for Your Fitness Business - The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS)

Leverage Your Newsletter to Increase Leads for Your Fitness Business - The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) | Indoor Rowing | Scoop.it
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