(WIAT) — Rowing is being called the next big thing in fitness.
Experts say it gives a high cardio low impact workout, which has many people getting on board.
Rowing has become an essential part of workout routine for many people.
The intense high-cardio workout uses 85 percent of a person’s muscles, but is still easy on the body.
Ben Hagen is a rowing regular, and he is not alone. Some instructors say they sometimes have to turn students away.
“It’s a total body workout that is low on impact,” said Annie Mulgrew, instructor at City Row. “Meaning you’re not going to put a lot of strain on your joints, you’re not jumping around.”
“I love the competitiveness in a classroom setting,” said Hagen. “It’s not necessarily competition with others in class but with yourself.”
Health experts say a rowing workout also strengthens the upper back, counteracting all that time spent hunched over computer screens.