This Is How We Row: The All-Encompassing Guide To The Rowing Machine

January 14, 2020

You get on the treadmill to set your regular speed, and the tread gives you back the sound of the wear and tear of your knees and joints. However, this doesn't need to be the way you get in your cardio hours. Try rowing, where you strap your feet in, and continue getting that Full Body Workout.

1. Rowing is a full-body, low-impact workout:

Not many stationary exercise machines like the elliptical and treadmill provide you with a real upper-body workout. That is unless you want to be lifting weights as you run. However, when you sit down at the rowing machine, the predominant muscles getting worked are your back, shoulders, and the pulling muscles in your arms, along with your glutes, thighs, and even a bit of help from your calves as you push away from the foot platform.

The fact that your feet never leave that platform is a bonus too. Because you're not bouncing or jumping, rowing is considered a low-impact workout, which means it may still be tolerated by people whose joint, bone, or muscular health keep them from doing high-impact jumping workouts.

2. Rowing benefits your heart and lungs:

Because rowing gets your body's large muscle groups moving repetitively for an extended period, it qualifies as a cardiovascular workout. This type of exercise packs several proven health benefits such as boosting your immune system to improving your cholesterol and reducing your risk of many chronic health conditions.

3. Variation to your Workouts:

If you're a cardio fiend, rowing is the perfect alternative or addition to running or biking. If you want to substitute your regular treadmill routine, rowing helps change up the scenery—with less stress on your joints!

4. Speed doesn't mean high intensity:

Most people rowing faster and faster produces a better result. However, that's not necessarily the case. What's crucial is the power that each stroke generates. When you focus your energy on the quickness of the row, you end up tiring out without getting any productive work done. To get a sense of the power you're generating, focus on lowering your splits, and increasing your wattage. Most rowing machines track these metrics automatically.

5. Turn up the resistance knob:

Rowing isn't anything like running where you have to match the treadmill's speed. The rowing machine gives back what you put in, so this means if you feel as if the workout is too easy, turn up the resistance to increase the difficulty. It will add a little something to your workout.

6. Good Form:

  1. Sit with your legs bent and feet in the stirrups, so your shins are almost 90 degrees to the floor. Fully extend your arms to grab the handle and lean your body forward, so your shoulders come just in front of your hips. Keep your back flat and your core engaged.
  2. Maintain a straight back, tight core, and locked arms and then drive your legs back until they are just about straight. Once they are, hinge from your hips and lean your torso backward. As your torso reaches a 90-degree angle with the floor, begin to pull arms by bending at the elbows.
  3. Here your legs should be straight, your elbows bent, and you should pull the handle to your lower chest. Your arms should be slightly away from your ribcage, but not flared out to the sides. Maintain a strong core and a straight back.

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