Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Row Row Row Your Boat !!

When you think of typical workout equipment for doing cardio the machines you think of are the treadmill, arc trainer, elliptical and the stepper BUT what about the ROWER? 

The rowing machine which is also known as an ergometer is common now in more fitness facilities than ever. These machines have the ability to simulate water rowing using pushing and pulling movements. Rowing is one of the few exercises that use major muscle groups from all parts of the body. You must use your abdominal muscles, back, arms, chest, legs and the buttocks while on the rowing machine. Rowing is an excellent aerobic activity that benefits the entire body. Due to the total body motion, rowing has the potential to burn calories rapidly, making it a suitable addition to your workout regimen if weight loss is a priority. Rowing continuously for long intervals requires strength, discipline and endurance. The benefits include improved aerobic capacity, toning and strength training.

The rower is great for everyone. Because you are sitting during the process of rowing, there is no weight bearing involved. Your joints and bones are free of any stress or impact that are common in activities such as running, jogging, stepping or skipping rope. Proper use of the rowing machine leaves very little room for chances of any kind of injury.

Using a rowing machine is an endurance exercise that increases heart function and uses carbohydrates to provide the energy required to exercise. Keeping the rowing machine tension at a low level allows you to maintain a high rate of speed with little resistance in order to reach and maintain an aerobic state. Aerobic exercise improves lung, heart and circulation systems and is the cornerstone of an effective exercise routine.

Because a rowing machine involves all the major joints and muscles in your body. Over time, this activity contributes to improved flexibility. Vigorous rowing engages your muscles and strengthens them, improving your strength and muscular endurance.

Check out the above photo for a new rowing strength training workout to try next time your at the gym ! Don't be intimidated but enjoy the new cardio workout that will shock your body by doing something NEW and EXCITING !

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