One legged rowing - core utilisation

Imagine that by using one leg or one arm - or say, one half of your body, you could be helping to rehabilitate an injury on the other side? It sounds too good to be true - but it's not.

Nearly all of us have one arm we use a little more, and it's probably a little stronger. We however rarely recognise that we also have one leg that we use preferentially, and it's a bit stronger too. And over time, that subconscious imbalance may lead to all sorts of postural problems and particularly back problems.

However, take just a few strokes one-legged on the Rowperfect Indoor Sculler, and you will not only identify that imbalance, but you will be well on the way to improving and eliminating it. This Bilateral Symmetry, or possibly Bilateral Asymmetry, is a factor in many injuries and degenerative conditions.

There is one really great advantage available on the Rowperfect Indoor Sculler which is not easily practised in a boat: One-Legged Rowing. The side-bearings of the Rowperfect allow the user to row using one leg at a time - obviously that's a great advantage if one leg is injured, but is it that important for those of us who have two functioning legs? The answer is yes - and there is a hidden benefit for those with an injured leg too.

It's a phenomenon called Cross-Education, whereby the nerves being used on one side result in nerve impulses being sent to the other. So if you have a broken leg, recovering knee injury or muscle damage in one leg, or arm, or even one whole side of your body - you can row one-legged and be actively aiding the rehabilitation of your injury.


There are other benefits of rowing with one leg:

 It really maximises the utilisation of the gluteal muscles.It's no exaggeration to say that the "gluts" are the basis of power production in a host of sports, not just in rowing. Training using one leg at a time on the Rowperfect Indoor Sculler can greatly enhance the development of good gluteal muscle function.

Secondly, we hear so much now about the importance of strong core muscles - for good reason: they're really important for posture, general strength, protection against back injuries and so on. It only takes a moments reflection to realise that if you are pulling on the handle with both hands, while pushing on just one foot - that's right, your core utilisation has to be excellent.