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For a high-intensity full-body workout, hop on a rower. “Rowing targets 85% of your muscles with every stroke, especially your quads, hamstrings, glutes, lats, and the entire core,” says Annie Mulgrew, a trainer at CityRow in New York City. Add on resistance moves between rowing intervals as an active recovery that will increase the calorie burn while building lean muscle.
Newcomers to rowing should focus first on form, says Mulgrew. Start with arms fully extended, leaning forward with shoulders just in front of hips, back flat, and core engaged. Keeping your back straight and abs engaged, drive your legs back until almost straight, then bring torso upright and slightly back, bending elbows to drive handle to chest, arms slightly away from ribs. Reverse the movement, straightening arms until almost fully extended, then hinging torso forward and bending knees. Once you have your form down, adds Mulgrew, you can focus on increasing power and stroke rate.
“The goal for these one- minute pushes is to keep your split time consistent. As your stroke rate decreases, increase the amount of power in your stroke to achieve that consistent split. For each one-minute push, the amount of distance covered should be the same,” says Mulgrew.
In between the rowing intervals, do:
EMOM Directions: “At the top of each minute, row 100 meters at 28 SPM, then perform five pushups. The quicker you can get the rowing and pushups done, the more time you’ll have to rest before the top of the next minute. This should definitely deliver that cardio high!” says Mulgrew.