Our recent video “What Cardio is Best: Running, Rowing, or Walking” inspired me to compare another cardio workout, swimming. I have a background in both indoor rowing and swimming, but recently have been more focused on rowing. I may be a little biased, I’ll admit, but I’ll do my best to give an honest review on both.
In previous articles and videos provided by Dark Horse Rowing, we’ve covered at length how rowing is a great full body workout because you use 86% of the muscles in your body. And in my mind, that’s pretty hard to beat. I did a lot of research on swimming and tried to find an exact percentage on how much of the body is used. The consistent theme across the board is that swimming is a “full body workout” including upper body, core, and lower body. If we were to evaluate on this alone, then swimming would be the winner. But let’s “dive” deeper (pun intended).
So to sum up this very close battle between rowing and swimming, I would have to give the advantage to rowing. With that being said, we would love to hear your comments and feedback!