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Rowing is a full-body workout that makes you want to go full speed ahead

Rowing is a full-body workout that makes you want to go full speed ahead

I thought rowing would be a breeze. Then I took a seat in an eight-person boat, pulled on an oar and realized three things: I'm sitting backward, I don't know where I'm going and I am the most uncoordinated man on Earth.

Rowing in a 55-foot-long carbon-fiber racing shell, one of those long, thin $30,000 or more boats you see in college crew competitions and the Olympics, is a world away from the 10-second learning curve for a kayak. Rowing requires precise placement of the large, rectangular paddle and keen synchronization with your seven teammates. It's a great all-body workout and group bonding experience — but staying in rhythm is difficult enough to humble the most...

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