It’s low impact, so you don’t strain your joints to get in a serious amount of cardio training. It’s straightforward to use, so you won’t be standing around trying to figure out how it works.
A favourite in the world of Crossfit, the rowing machine works the entire body. It is a back-to-basics piece of kit which anyone can use.
By using the rowing machine you will be giving yourself a stronger core, and strengthening the back and hamstring muscles.
It does need good form to execute correctly, but the rowing machine can be used for a solid 20-30-minute workout – perfect for a lunch break session.
When it comes to using the rowing machine it’s not so much about pulling than it is pushing. Making full use of the legs by properly extending is crucial to getting the best out of your workout and lots of energy gets wasted if you don’t use them to their full capacity.
If you maintain a good controlled pace then you’ll get the most out of your workout.
Great posture is also necessary, but by design the rowing machine will also encourage better posture as you’ll get more out of your workout if you sit up nice and straight.
So if you’re short on time but need a piece of equipment that you can work hard on without putting too much pressure on your joints, then head straight over to the rowing machine and try and incorporate more in your workouts.
I use rowing machines and exercise bikes for my cardio, instead of using a treadmill. Much less impact and they're usually always free!
I have to say I went a bit off home rowing machines when my neighbour (I'm in a terrace) got one - what a strange noise! But in the gym they are brilliant, and because they are seen as a bit old-school there's never a queue.
This makes me wish I hadn't sold my rowing machine! I do get on the gym one, but I like to use other machines there too. It's good to have a rowing machine at home so you can get a good long session in.