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Popular in the CrossFit culture, rowing provides many of the same benefits of running, but isn’t as taxing on your joints. It’s a great cross training workout, especially when rehabbing injuries, and elevates the heart rate just as much as running, while also challenging the muscles all throughout the body that running tends to neglect.
“Rowing is an invaluable tool for runners,” founder of Crossfit Endurance, Brian MacKenzie, told Competitor earlier this year. “It helps runners and cyclists find power in muscles they hadn’t used before.”