Working Out With A Rowing Machine
When exercising, you can save a lot of time by using equipment that gives you a full body workout every single time. That is exactly what you get with a rowing machine, because it's able to hit all the major muscle groups at once.
The movement required to row is indeed effective in working all the muscles, but not everyone has access to a boat or a body of water. A good rowing machine takes away the need for both and allows you to get a great workout without having to be exposed to the elements. You can hit your local gym, or even invest in a machine for your own home.
Rowing Machine Categories
Rowing machines come in all shapes and sizes, but they usually fall into one of two categories:
- Water rowing machines
- Air rowing machines
The water rower does employ water to make it work, but that does not mean you will have to don a wetsuit to use it. Instead, the water is enclosed within the unit and is used as the resistance for your workout. These are generally beautiful looking contraptions that are a good deal quieter than the air variety.
The best air rowing machines on the market, like the Aviron Impact Rower (pictured above) are calibrated in generally the same way, which means you get a consistent workout even if you change machines. The Aviron is a fan and flywheel rower that includes the latest advancements in rowing machine technology, including "connected fitness" with a 22 inch HD touchscreen which facilitates games, workouts and guided fitness programs.
Why Use A Rower?
So, what is it about rowing machines that make them such a sought after piece of gym equipment? The fact of the matter is that the workout your body gets from a rowing machine is something that is simply difficult to replicate with any other piece of equipment.
Take a look at a picture of a rower and you will get an idea of what we are talking about here. The first thing that springs to mind is the sheer power that they exhibit in their upper bodies. This would make perfect sense, considering that it is the arms and chest that deliver the real power to a rowing stroke. It doesn’t end there, though, as rowers also need to use their legs for power. Watch a rowing race and you will see that the seats they are perched on move back and forth, with all that power coming from the legs.
It’s fair to say that a rowing machine cannot quite match the workout you would get with the real thing, but it certainly comes close enough. Adding a session on a rowing machine to your daily exercise routine will reap huge benefits, and usually in a much shorter period of time than you would see if skipping the rower altogether.
Take Care Not to Overwork Your Body on a Rower
The one thing that you need to keep in mind when going for that full body workout is that it can be easy to overdo it on a rowing machine. The rowing motion does not feel as though it is putting a lot of stress on the muscles, which often causes people to go faster and push harder. The result can be a very painful pulled muscle that sets you back weeks. Take your time, know your limitations, and your rowing machine workouts will deliver a body that looks great in a shorter time than you might think.
If you have never tried a rowing machine, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. If at all possible, steer clear of the bargain-priced models and try one that comes with quality construction and the features that will last you for years. They have a more natural motion and tend to be a whole lot more stable.
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If you're new to the idea of a rowing machine, and would like more information, we're here to help with your fitness goals, whatever they may be. We carry equipment and accessories of all kinds to fit every goal and budget and make your fitness routine more productive. And don't forget to check out Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, available at Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
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