THEIR FITNESS & THEIR FREEDOM
As the model of the worlds first democracy, the Athenians fought hard for their freedom. Constantly at war with the Persians, they were an incredibly strong society and culture. They rallied support amongst each other through physical training. I've spoke in the past about how much we owe the Greeks in the way of organized fitness. Their gymnasion was not only a place to exercise, but to socialize as well as learn.
It makes sense to me why they had such an affinity for the form and why they elevated it to such the level they did. Remember their perception was that a fit body was a fit mind. Coupled with the fact they where constantly at battle defending themselves and needed sheer physical strength to do so. To be weak meant a direct threat to their welfare, freedom and wellbeing.
The Ancient Greek Navy was a force to be reckoned with. It was one of the most powerful at the time. As a former navyman myself I can greatly appreciate the importance of having a strong fleet. The "might" came in the form of Trimemes. They were the best at the time and built for speed. They where low to the ground and powered by up to 170 rowers. Anyone who's ever used a rowing machine knows full well the workout the back gets. These guys did this all day and through water (harder resistence.)
Top 3 benefits for Rowing
- BURNS FAT QUICKLY
- BUILDS ENDURANCE AND IMPROVES CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
- TONES MUSCLE
Help's give you one heck of a back!