Choosing the right exercise program can be daunting — there are just so many options to choose from that selecting one can make you feel that you’re missing out on a few better exercise machines. The good news, though, is that the road to staying active and getting in shape doesn’t require you to scale mountains or go on long strenuous runs. The humble rowing machine can get you there right in the comfort of your home.
While they may look intimidating at first, indoor rowers (also known as ergometers) are relatively simple to use, even to a first-timer. More importantly, it delivers one hell of a complete body workout. Here are some great benefits of rowing machine exercises:
1. Proven Calorie Burner
Rowing machine exercises are a combo of cardio and strength training, making them super useful for burning calories. You can burn a few hundred calories just by working out on a rowing machine for about 20 minutes. It depends on your body weight, of course, as well as how vigorously you row. But the bottom line is rowing machine exercises are a proven calorie burner.
2. Full-Body Workout
Exercising with ergometers uses up to 86% of your muscles. That’s about as tiring as you can get from a single machine. There is a common misconception that just because you’re seated during the activity, only your upper back muscles do most of the work. However, the reality is that rowing machine exercises target everywhere from your core, chest, hamstrings, glutes, calves, obliques, and several other major muscle groups
3. Improved Heart and Lungs Health
Are you looking for a great cardio workout that doesn’t involve running? If so, rowing is the way to go. Even a 20-minute workout can help improve heart and lung function, leading to better stamina and endurance.
4. Low-Impact and Low-Risk Workout
Rowing exercises are non-weight-bearing and are therefore suitable for people who may be struggling with joint issues, including arthritis and knee-joint pains. People with joint problems can often find it hard to engage in intense, high-calorie burning exercises. But with rowing machine workouts, they don’t have to worry too much about straining themselves.
Ergometers allow you to perform high-intensity workouts without the usual wear-and-tear on your joints that typically come with other exercises.
5. Build and Maintain Muscle Strength
As you’re burning calories with rowing machine exercises, you’re also building muscle strength. Rowing subjects your muscles to wear and tear. When you rest, these muscles recover and become stronger and thicker, giving you that toned physique.
Additionally, these exercises can also help improve upper body strength and increase stamina. The National Library of Medicine has even posited that rowing machine workouts can help people with spinal cord injury improve muscle strength and body composition.
6. Improves posture
The COVID19 pandemic has confined most of us to our homes. It means many of us are working from home or at least remotely. It can often leave us hunched over our desks for long periods, which can ruin our posture.
Here’s the thing — as much as we hate our daily commutes, they still afford us some much-needed physical activity during the day. But take that away, and we need to make up for that lack of activity some other way. Rowing machine exercises are a great option in this regard.
7. Rowing Machine Exercises Add Variation to Your Fitness Routine
Are you getting bored with the usual treadmill and stationary cycling routine? It’s time to opt for something new and more interesting. There are dozens upon dozens of workouts that you can do on a rowing machine. You can also vary them as needed.
Plus, they’re also convenient. Even if you can’t make it to the gym for your daily workout, you can always purchase an ergometer for yourself and use it at home.
What You Need to Know
As with any type of exercise equipment, it’s important to understand the proper technique for operating a rowing machine. If you’re just starting, Live2Row Studios offers several beginner classes to help you get properly acquainted with the ins and outs of using a rowing machine. Our coaches can help you learn the lingo, understand the various parts of the machine and what they do, and even work with you to achieve your desired fitness results without risking injury.
Call us now at (407) 970-1855 to sign up for our rowing classes.