July 01, 2007
Up here in northern Vermont the weather is finally getting warmer. The ice left the lakes at the end of April, and the water temperature is now into the 60s and climbing. If you're a rower, this means you are no doubt starting to feel the irresistible urge to get back on the water. Indoor rowing is terrific exercise, but it will never be quite the same as skimming across the surface of the water in a narrow streamlined racing shell entirely under your own power, feeling the boat surge forward with every stroke you take.
But what is so great about rowing on the water? In reality, indoor rowing offers a number of key advantages even for the hardcore on-water competitor. For an athlete using rowing as a tool to achieve superb fitness, is there really any reason to get on the water? In this article we'll explore that question by addressing the similarities and differences between these two variations of the samesport, and the different benefits they have to offer.
Then you can decide whether to take the plunge and see if real rowing floats your boat, as it were.