Josh Crosby Tells About The Benefits of Indoor Rowing


Like spinning, rowing went transition from being a competitive outdoor sport to one of the growing new trends indoor. At the forefront of this change is Coach Josh Crosby. To know more, keep reading CRB Tech Reviews.

Crosby believes that indoor rowing is the perfect exercise for people of all body types and fitness levels, from beginners to professional athletes.

Crosby inherited rowing through family tradition. A third generation rower, Josh took to the water at the age of 8, earned many accolades throughout high school and college and finished his rowing career off on the U.S. National Team having won several World Championships

His first step into coaching came when he was on the National Team in the 1990s. At first it was only to make money on the side, but then he grew passionate and in 2004 Crosby founded “Indo-Row.”


Inspired by indoor cycling, Crosby considered indoor rowing quite effective. He began with one machine in his house in 2004, Crosby has since then grown Indo-Row to nearly 75 locations around the world.

Why Indoor Rowing?

Indo-Row was designed to gain the benefits of rowing to the masses. Crosby had students ranging between age group 10-94, even there were students who were quite overweight to perform other types of exercise.

The biggest myth about rowing is that it is an upper body workout. Rowing strains 9 major muscle groups: quads, hamstrings, glutes, lats, core, shoulders, triceps, back and biceps. Moreover, rowing is a good cardio workout.

Rowing is great to prevent injury, rehab and runners as it is a low impact alternative to other activities. For those who are obese, the sliding seat displaces ones weight such that the load on their body is less and they can make a smooth transition to other activities as the weight comes off.

Rowing in a group gives a huge motivational booster through the community spirit. Indo-Row teaches you team mentality which you find in an actual boat race together.

The basics of Indo-row can be learned in 10 minutes or less.


You’re In Control – Resistance is created by how hard you push or pull, so you control the level of your own workout. The Indo-Row machines actually use 17-liters of water to give you the resistance similar to being on a boat. Simply, the harder you push and pull, the faster the water moves and the more resistance you feel. Your time and pace improves as you row harder.

In an average Indo-Row class, people burns between 400-800 calories in a less than an hour.

Typically indoor rowing machines, Indo-Row models have monitors which display the total time, distance, calories, and pace. This helps you to actually know if you are getting. Having milestones provides motivation to continue working hard.

Beyond the physical benefits, there are mental benefits as well. Mentally this makes both men and women very tough. The monitor doesn’t lie and hold you accountable for every stroke. In comparison to other workouts or competition, rowing teaches you how to pace yourself and also empty the tank when you need to. 

Like any workout regimen, you must always check with your physician before trying a new activity. Though it is of low-impact in nature, yet rowing could cause injury. Though there are body types favoured in competitive rowing, when it comes to fitness, indoor rowing is an excellent choice for all ages, and body types.

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