If you work out in a gym, it can sometimes be difficult to choose which piece of equipment you’re going to use. Well, one of our favorites is the rowing machine…for many reasons.
For starters, you can’t really screw it up. There are some exercise machines that almost require a personal training certification to know how to properly use. The rowing machine is not one of them. All you really have to do is watch your form and use the right amount of weight for you. That’s it.
Second, when you work out on the rowing machine, you get an amazing full body workout as the movements tone your upper body, lower body, and core. This one factor alone makes this machine superior to ones that only work one specific area (like the treadmill and stationary bike, both of which target primarily the lower body).
Third, it’s up to you how intense your workout is. If you want something low intensity, then you just row slowly, with less resistance. On the other hand, if your goal is to burn a lot of calories and really work your muscles, then go faster or kick the resistance up a notch or two.
And if interval training is your workout plan for the day, the rowing machine works for that as well. Simply alternate your speeds and intensities and you’ll be burning more fat and building more muscle in no time!
Finally, it’s easy to get in “the zone” when you’re rowing. Because the moves are smooth and repetitive, you easily fall into a great workout rhythm. Before you know it, your session has ended and it’s time to go home.
These are just some of the reasons we love the rowing machine, and you should too. Any that we’ve missed? Feel free to add them below!