We all know the benefits of cardio exercise and how it can enhance our lives, both now and as we get older, but let's face it—sometimes it can feel more like a chore than an enjoyable part of our day. When even a new pair of sneakers or a killer playlist can't pump you up, it might be time to get out of your rut and mix up your routine. Many gym-goers and fitness enthusiasts overlook the rowing machine, and they're missing out! Incorporating the rower into your workout is a great way to get your heart rate up and target muscles all over your body.
Nearly everyone can use the rower. Rowing has a lower impact on your joints than running on a treadmill, making it perfect for those who worry about orthopedic issues in their knees, ankles, and feet. With proper technique, the rower offers a full body workout without putting too much stress on any one part.
And it really does build strength in your entire body! Most people, when they think of rowing, visualize pulling with their arms. While that's definitely part of the movement, rowing is primarily leg-driven. Rather than pulling, focus on pushing off with your feet before leaning back to engage your core, and then finally pull with your arms and shoulders. Reverse the motions on the return, coming all the way forward before pushing off again, and you'll use so many muscles in just a few quick seconds.
Just like there are different ways to train on the treadmill, there are different kinds of rows. Shorter distances, around 200 meters to 500 meters, are similar to sprints, where you can focus on explosive movements to cover as much distance as possible in a short amount of time. Then longer rows, for 2000 meters or more, are used to build endurance with steady strokes. As with the treadmill, incorporating both into your routine will help you condition your body and reap all the benefits.
Rowing on a machine doesn't require any additional equipment, though some people prefer to use gloves to protect their hands. If you're looking for a new way to get moving, come to Merritt Clubs to try a rower today!