July is an eventful month for organized sports in Great Britain as the world witnesses golf’s British Open, tennis’ Wimbledon, and rowing’s prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. In fact, the latter sport is among the oldest in modern times – first held in 1839.
Competitive rowing is not to be taken lightly, nor is it a sport in which an athlete can easily attain a professional level. The sport demands an intense, continuous level of exertion that becomes more difficult to maintain through the race as fatigue sets in. Rowing calls for excellent upper body strength, core balance, cardiovascular endurance and focus. The concentration needed to maintain form and rhythm is supported by steady breathing and lung strength.