Rowing, fundraising, feeling the burn up the East Coast


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Lewis Colam left Miami in a row boat March 3 to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Photo from iamfinechallenge.org

It’s been five days since Lewis Colam left Miami on a 15-ft. carbon-fiber row boat. The 24-year-old Brit is on a mission: He’s rowing 1,400 miles to New York City in hopes of raising $20,000 for the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. (His grandmother recently passed away from the disease).

While Colam’s expedition is for a noble cause, the fitness writer in me keeps thinking, “What a great workout!” Rowing is a great low-impact, total-body exercise. It offers the opportunity for a wide range of training from fat burning and aerobic conditioning to high-intensity anaerobic and interval VO2max training, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. After months of rowing, Colam is going finish his trip with more than a check — he’s going to have a ripped core!

Ready to row? If you don’t have your own boat, work your whole body with the rowing machine at the local gym. Men’s Health offers tips and workouts from Bill Manning, an assistant rowing coach at Harvard University.

Remember: If you have a history of lower back pain, it is very important that you develop proper rowing technique to prevent injury.

Click here to stay on top of Colam’s adventure. He checks in almost daily with audio blogs. Donate on his behalf here.