You must see rowing machines such as treadmills, exercise bikes, and elliptical trainers as you head into any gym, right? The reason is simple: a rowing machine can give a group or an individual a great workout by benefiting every major muscle in the body such as the heart, the legs and arms, abdominal and back muscles. For this reason, rowing machines are currently popular among gym goers, drawing in many customers as well as professionals. Furthermore, many physicians recommend rowing exercise due to their low impact nature and effectiveness, which allows you to build stamina without overtraining your body.
What is a rowing machine?
As the name sounds, it is a machine designed for you to mimic the workout of a person rowing a boat in the water. Most of these machines are equipped with facilities to help you track your speed, power, distance, and the volume of calories you have burned.
Benefits of using rowing machines
Improves your cardiovascular fitness
You can work on your cardiovascular fitness by performing a sustained exercise that increases your breath volume as well as the heart rate. Rowing does these best. It is a great way to your lungs and heart as it engages all major muscle groups in your body. As a result, your working muscle tissues will demand your heart to pump more blood to deliver nutrients and energy to these cells. Your body will also buffer away waste byproducts such as lactic acid and carbon dioxide.
Increase your endurance and muscular strength
Rowing can actually increase the amount of weight you can lift (muscular strength) as well as the duration of lifting that weight (muscular endurance). The machines allow you to push repeatedly and pull against resistance during the entire workout that spurs physiologic adaptations. As a result, your muscle groups can be able to continue applying force without corresponding fatigue. You can then increase the resistance over time that will help your muscle to develop and grow as well as becoming stronger.
Rowing will be easy on your joints; you only need to maintain a good form. When rowing, your feet stay in contact with footpads and the hands remain in contact with the handles. For this reason, this exercise place little to no impact on your knees, ankles, hips, shoulder or elbows. These joints are more prone to injury that make rowing safer than weight-bearing exercises such as jogging, or some aerobic activities.
Do you use a rowing machine when you work out?
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