What are rowing machines?
Rowing machines are designed to replicate the motion involved in rowing a boat in water - only without the necessity of a boat or, in most cases, water. Water-based rowing machines do exist - in the form of stationary equipment attached to a water tank, with paddles descending into the water. Much more popular, due to their obvious advantage in convenience and accessibility, are air, magnetic and hydraulic rowing machines. In the case of air-based ones, resistance is created via spinning flywheels, put into motion by pulling the handles. Magnetic rowing machines use a magnetic brake system, while hydraulic ones rely on two pistons, one on each handle. The vast majority of rowing machines allow the user to adjust overall resistance levels to suit individual requirements, but only hydraulic piston machines come with an independent resistance setting for each side, offering a fully customizable workout.
One of the biggest benefits of incorporating rowing machines into your routine is the combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise in one workout: you can get your heart rate going at the same time as you build muscle mass. The adjustable resistance allows users to gradually build up their endurance and strengthen muscles, meaning that rowing machines are an excellent choice for beginners and experienced gym-goers alike. Importantly, the cardiovascular aspect of a rowing machine workout is of the low-impact variety: putting practically no stress on the joints and thus decreasing any risk of injury.
A common misconception is that rowing machines are targeted at exercising the upper body. In truth, all major muscle groups have to be involved - when carried out correctly, just over half of the power behind the motion of rowing should come from the lower body, with the rest shared between the upper body and core muscles. Therefore, although a treadmill workout can burn slightly more calories, a rowing machine still emerges as the better overall choice: it involves an all-body workout, rather than focusing on a few choice areas. And at approximately 600kcal per hour, its calorie-burning capabilities are not to be ignored, either.
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In addition to the above benefits, rowing machines have the added advantage of being convenient and easy to use. The same motions are repeated in a rhythmic cycle, and once you feel confident in your posture and positioning, all you need to do for this all-encompassing workout is sit down and get rowing. If you prefer group exercise to individual workouts, it is worth knowing that many gyms now offer group sessions on rowing machines - gradually overtaking spinning in popularity.
Getting a well-balanced workout can seem as elusive as it is essential to a healthy exercise routine. Alternating between cardio and resistance training, keeping an eye on calories, and making sure to neither neglect nor overwork any of your muscle groups might appear impossible, or at the very least immensely complicated. Whether you are only just starting to build your routine, or you are looking to add variety to your existing one, rowing machines can help you achieve the balance we all strive for in our workouts.
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