Upper-Body Strength, for the Win!

I’ve been an athlete since a very early age. Wait, I’ve been semi-athletic since a very early age. No, I’ve participated in sports teams since a very early age.

Soccer, basketball, biking, roller skating—you name it, I’ve at least tried it once. While I enjoy being active, I’m really quite awful at most things considered “active,” which is why I quit the soccer team, joined the drama club, and never looked back!

The older I get, however, the more important being active really is. Not only to help with weight loss and maintenance, but to keep my energy up and keep myself feeling great.

Last year, I rustled up all the coordination I could and joined the BBRC. The Buzzards Bay Rowing Club!


Our fleet out on the water! / Image via BBRC

The club started as a nod to our city’s whaling heritage. We row replicas of old wooden whale boats, five rowers and one boat-steerer per boat. We take the boats out once a week in Buzzards Bay and run races as well. I joined the club with BM E to help tone up and throw a little variety into my very stale and boring gym routine.

I‘ve noticed through reading lots of blogs and bridal magazines that women are most concerned about their upper bodies on their wedding day. Having only played soccer for any real stretch of time, my legs maintained a good amount of muscle, but my arms? Forget it! Wet noodles, my friends.

Joining the club has really strengthened my upper body including my arms, back, and chest—all of which will be very visible the day of the wedding! Plus, I get to row with my pals once a week—rain, shine, or snow—while workin’ on my fitness!


A row earlier this spring—behind us you can see Fairhaven’s hurricane dike. / Personal photo

Anyone else get out of the gym routine to shape up for their big day?


Mrs. Jet Setter

New Bedford
Wedding Date:
October 2013
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  1. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 10:14 am

    Oooh, what a fun and fit thing to do! I’ve always wanted to try rowing as a sport, but never lived close enough to lakes/rivers/oceans to do it. I guess I’ll have to stick with snow sports as long as we live in Bozeman.

  2. rucksack Bee
    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 10:50 am

    I always wanted to row! This is sooo cool!

  3. bluewhale Bee
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 12:27 pm

    You go girl! I was so proud of my arms, because I worked sooo hard on them for the year leading up to the wedding. Of course, then I broke my wrist three months before the wedding and lost a lot of the tone. Oh well, I was still proud 🙂

  4. mswaterfall Bee
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:12 pm

    Wow, girl! Rowing is hard work! I used Pilates to tone up, as I was afraid of getting Madonna arms, lol.

  5. genie Bee
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 2:01 pm

    That sounds like such a cool way to work out! I’ve always loved the rowing machine at the gym. Wish I lived in a place where rowing was accessible!

  6. sword Bee
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:58 pm

    I’m so impressed! I used resistance bands once in awhile leading up to the wedding but I was pretty lazy with it.

  7. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:46 pm

    color me impressed, rowing is no joke! I wish we lived closer so you could teach me how to do it 🙂

  8. jetsetter Bee
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:03 am

    @Mrs. Waterfall: LOL! Me too! I don’t think I’ll have that problem though, haha!

    @Mrs. Pony: Me too, I’d love to row with the hive!!

  9. msbicycle Bee
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 8:29 am

    Ahh, this looks like so much fun! Jealous!!

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