There are many ways to improve your strength and fitness and one of the best is with a rowing machine. Using a rowing machine has many benefits – not only will you increase your fitness but you will strengthen your core, legs, arms and upper back. It is the perfect all-in-one workout machine.
Low Impact but High Intensity
One of the biggest benefits of using a rowing machine is that it combines low impact exercise with a high intensity workout. This means that although the exercise itself is low impact and gentle on your joints (just like swimming and cycling), the intensity level is high. High intensity exercise is a great way to
increase your fitness and burn fat and calories, all in a shorter amount of time than you would with low intensity exercise. Best of all, even short bursts of high intensity exercise will raise your metabolism and keep you burning calories long after you have finished on the rowing machine – great news if you are trying to lose weight.
Strength and Fitness
Another benefit of rowing machines is that they combine strength training and cardio in one. Because of the high intensity of rowing, it is a fantastic way to increase your fitness and is a wonderful option for people who are unable to run or find cycling uncomfortable. Even just 10 minutes at a time on a rowing machine will increase your fitness, regardless of how fast or slow you go.
Rowing machines are also a great way to strengthen and tone your body without the need to lift weights. If you have ever tried rowing you will know what a fantastic full body workout it is. From your legs, butt and core, all the way up to your upper back, shoulders, and arms. With regular use, a rowing machine can help you transform the shape and definition of your body in as little as four to six weeks.
Something for Everyone
Unlike some forms of exercise, rowing is something everyone can do. Young or old, fit or unfit, beginner or advanced – everyone can benefit from what a rowing machine has to offer. Most rowing machines come with built in computers which count stroke rate, speed and calories burned. If you are just starting out or are recovering from an injury, rowing machines are a great way to exercise safely while building strength and stamina. It is easy on the joints and you can go as fast or as slow as you like just by adjusting the speed, and make it as easy or hard as you like by adjusting the resistance level. The workout you get is up to you.
Rowing machines are a wonderful addition to any workout program. Whether for fitness or strength, with regular use you will be amazed at the results a rowing machine will give you. If you have never used a rowing machine, now is the time to try. With just three, 20 minute workouts a week, you’ll soon see the major benefits of it’s use.[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”About the Author”]Emma holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) degree and has over 10 years experience in the health and fitness industry. During this time, Emma has worked as a personal trainer, sports trainer (TAC Cup U18 AFL), and a health promotion officer.[/stextbox]