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42 Funny Rowing Memes – From Real Rowers!

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Funny Rowing Memes from Real Rowers

Rowing is a great way to get in shape, but it’s also a lot of hard work. If you’re a rower, whether indoors or out, you know that the pain is real. But even though rowing can be tough, it’s also a lot of fun. And there’s no better way to celebrate the love of rowing than with a good meme.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good belly laugh so finding these gems was a real pleasure for me.

Whether you’re a seasoned rower or just starting out, these memes will hit home. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Top 20 Funny Rowing Memes

1. The Seven Stages of Rowing

The Seven Stages of Rowing: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Zoom Technique Videos, Depression, Acceptance, Rowing Like a Pro

The Seven Stages of Rowing

2. I’m not a rower, I’m a masochist

meme - I'm not a rower, I'm a masochist.

3. Rowing Making You Suffer

The only sport where you’re rewarded for making yourself suffer.

meme - Rowing the only sport where you're rewarded for making yourself suffer.

4. Rowing When You Feel Like You Are Dying

The only sport where you can feel like you’re dying and still having fun.

meme - Rowing the only sport where you can feel like you're dying and still having fun.

5. Rowing and Questioning Your Sanity

The sport where you’re constantly questioning your sanity.

meme - Rowing the sport where you're constantly questioning your sanity.

6.  Being Out of Shape

The sport where you can be both in shape and out of shape at the same time.

meme - Rowing the sport where you can be both in shape and out of shape at the same time.

7. Rowers’ Legendarily Endless Leg Days

When you’re a rower, every day is leg day.

meme - When you're a rower, every day is leg day

8. When Rowing Gets Real

Try rowing, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

meme - Try rowing, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

9. The Epic Last 500

Brace yourselves. The last 500 is coming up.

meme - Brace yourselves. The last 500 is coming up.

10. Rowing’s Ordeal

There is a hell. I’ve seen it.

meme - There is a hell. I've seen it.

11. Fashionably Late: Rowing Edition

Hi THIRD!!

Hi THIRD!! meme - crew greets a rower coming late

12. Reverse to Victory

Rowing: The only sport where going backward is the way to win!

meme - Rowing The only sport where going backward is the way to win

13. Lost in Translation: Rowing Terms

Rowing: Where ‘catching crabs’ is a sports term, not a seafood activity!

Newbie mistake: Thought the coach was talking about dinner.

Rowing Where 'catching crabs' is a sports term, not a seafood activity!

14. Mastering Delegation: Rowing Style

Rowing – The art of making your friends do all the work.

meme: Rowing - The art of making your friends do all the work.

15. From Oars to Pizza

When you finally finish a tough rowing workout and you feel like you can conquer the world… but all you can think of is eating a whole pizza.

When you finally finish a tough rowing workout and you feel like you can conquer the world... but all you can think of is eating a whole pizza. 

16. Coach vs Me: Power 10 Edition

The coach’s idea of a Power 10 vs MY idea of a Power 10.

meme: The coach's idea of a power 10 vs MY idea of a power 10

17. Yearning for Rowing – NOT

No, really, tell me more about rowing.

meme: No, really, tell me more about rowing

18. 5K Finish: Rowers’ Reality

Rowers after finishing a 5K race be like

meme - Rowers after finishing a 5K race be like

19. Friends vs Rowing: Lost in Translation

When you’re trying to explain to your non-rowing friends how hard rowing really is, but they just keep making jokes about how you’re just sitting down and moving your arms.

meme - When you're trying to explain to your non-rowing friends how hard rowing really is, but they just keep making jokes about how you're just sitting down and moving your arms.

20. Shell Shenanigans

“I don’t know how we didn’t win that race. I mean, our shell was totally RIGGED!”

meme: I don't know how we didn't win that race. I mean, our shell was totally RIGGED!

Top 10 Funny Erg Memes

I’m just getting started! Here’s more funny rowing machine (also called erg) memes – enjoy!

1. Ergonomics of Love and Hate

Your indoor rowing machine (aka erg) is the machine you love to hate.

meme - Your indoor rowing machine (aka erg) is the machine you love to hate.

2. Rowers United

Why do rowers get along so well? They share a common enemy.

rowing meme - Why do rowers get along so well. They share a common enemy.

3. Christmas Strokes

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is rowing loud for all to hear!

rowing meme - The best way to spread Christmas cheer is rowing loud for all to hear!

4. Rowing Machine: Sink or Swim?

Bought a rowing machine last week. The dang thing doesn’t float!

rowing meme - Bought a rowing machine last week. The dang thing doesn't float!

5. Haunted by Ergs

It’s behind me, isn’t it?

rowing meme - It's behind me, isn't it?

6. Erging: Love Unspoken

“I Love to Erg!” – said no one ever.

rowing meme - I Love to Erg!- said no one ever.

7. Timing While Falling

If I pass out, please note my best time.

rowing meme - If I pass out, please note my best time.

8. The 5 AM Rows

You have an 8 AM class? That must be tough!

rowing meme - You have an 8am class? That must be tough!

9. Rowing or Arm Boogie-woogie

When you’re trying to row on a rowing machine but you’re not sure if you’re rowing or just doing an elaborate arm workout.

meme - When you're trying to row on a rowing machine but you're not sure if you're rowing or just doing an elaborate arm workout.

10. Oar-iginal Laughs

Rowing Puns: You either love them oar you don’t!

Rowing Puns: You either love them oar you don't!

12 More Personal Favorite Rowing Memes

You know you’re lovin’ these memes! I discovered a few more and can’t stop now! I think this set is my favorite.

1. OAR Deal or What?

I just bought a row boat… OAR something!

rowing meme - I just bought a row boat... OAR something!

2. Rowing Etiquette

OMG, Karen, You can’t just ask someone about their split time!

rowing meme - OMG, Karen, You can't just ask someone about their split time!

3. Headwind Rowing Struggles

When you’re trying to row in a headwind but already feeling like you’re going to tip over, and you’re starting to think that maybe kayaking IS better.

meme - When you're trying to row in a headwind but already feeling like you're going to tip over, and you're starting to think that maybe kayaking IS better.

4. Row-mantic Relationship

Now you’re just some canoe I used to row.

rowing meme - Now you're just some canoe I used to row

5. Rowing Forecast

When we get to the boathouse… The minute the oars are in the water

rowing meme - When we get to the boathouse... The minute the oars are in the water

6. Erging Marathon: 10 Tears, 1 Hour

I’ll have you know I erged for a solid hour and only cried 10 times!

rowing meme - I'll have you know I erged for a solid hour and only cried 10 times!

7. Solved or Surrendered?

Not sure if I made the correction or if the coach gave up on me.

rowing meme - Not sure if I made the correction or if the coach gave up on me.

8. Rowing Regatta Expectations vs Reality  

Rowing Regatta Expectations vs Reality

9. Rowing Coach Logic

Rowing Coach Logic meme about light workout

10. A Matter of OAR

Do you want port or starboard? Either OAR.

rowing meme - Do you want port or starboard?

11. Rowing Meltdown

When you’re trying to row a 2K on the erg but you’re already feeling like you’re going to die at 500 meters.

rowing meme - When you're trying to row a 2K on the erg but you're already feeling like you're going to die at 500 meters.

12. When someone asks if rowing is just paddling…

rowing meme - When someone asks if rowing is just paddling

 

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I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I enjoyed making them.

Thanks for spending some time with me😊

If you did, be sure to share it with your friends and fellow rowers! If you discover other funny rowing memes that you’d like to share with the rowing community – whether you find them on Facebook or Instagram, or you invent some yourself – please feel free to email them to us as well via our Contact Page, Facebook or YouTube Channel.  We would love to see them!

Laugh often and happy rowing!