Out of all the gym equipment I see used often in my local gym, the rowing machine is the least used. The gym I attend has two rowing machines and I rarely see anyone using them, including myself. I just never gave them much thought but after reading about them, they are actually very beneficial machines.
How rowing machines work
Typical rowing machines come in three types: hydraulic, magnetic, and/or air resistance. They are built to mimic the motion of rowing as in “rowing a boat” using a pair of oars and a sliding seat. The use of a rowing machine is low-impact and works out muscles in your arms, back, abdomen, and legs. Out of the many cardio machines in the gym, a rowing machine is one of the few that can actually strengthen your back muscles. If you recall in a previous post, actor Jason Statham utilizes a rowing machine to warm-up before his interval workouts because it targets major muscle groups.
Health benefits of rowing machines
If I were to choose a machine for my home, I think I would give the rowing machine some serious thought. Here is a quick rundown of the benefits of its use:
- Works practically every muscle group
- Low-impact workout
- Full-body workout
- Strengthens back and core-strength
- Can be used for cardio as well as strength training
- No impact on joints
I really like the idea that it doesn’t have an impact on the joints. This is a great option for people who have specific joint issues or cannot do high-impact activities such as running. It is also an awesome way to warm-up your entire body before working out. I may even give this a shot at my gym. I won’t have to worry about anyone hogging the rowing machines. I doubt many people at the gym know about the benefits of using them.
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