I’ve met a lot of people who are a bit hesitant about trying out rowing machines. It seems that they have a lot of questions they’ve been wanting to ask their gym instructor but simply couldn’t muster enough courage to do so.

Well, instead of answering them individually I’m writing this article to share with you questions that you may have also longed to ask about rowing machines but couldn’t. Here are the top 8:

Are rowing machines good for cardio?

Yes, rowing machines are good for cardio. As a matter of fact, it is the kind of cardio you’d want to do if you’re on the heavier side of things since running will simply put too much strain on your joints.

Rowing offers a low-impact cardio exercise that will have you boosting your heart rate and your metabolism in no time. As a low-impact cardio workout, rowing can help you improve your cardiovascular functioning.

Are rowing machines good for weight loss?

There are two ways in which rowing can help you lose weight.

First, it is a low-impact cardio exercise that helps you increase your metabolic rate which, in turn, makes use of excess calories a lot more efficiently. This makes rowing good for burning fat as the body will try to compensate for the increased use of calories by burning stored fat as fuel.

Second, rowing builds and strengthens muscles which are more efficient in terms of utilising energy. This will also help you lose weight by burning more fat even after you’re done with the day’s exercise.

On average, a good hour on a rowing machine can net you 600 calories. I’ll give you an idea of just how effective the rowing machine is in helping you with your weight loss efforts.

You will have to ride a stationary bike for a full 78 minutes to achieve the same amount of calorie burn. That’s without the involvement of the arms, of course.

The good news is that rowing machines help strengthen your muscles which, in turn, help in the more efficient burning of excess calories. This is how you lose weight together with a balanced diet.

Are rowing machines good for workout?

If you’re into bodybuilding, then you know that the key to effective strength training is the amount of resistance that your body will have to work against. The greater the resistance it is able to conquer, the better it is in the shaping and sculpting of an envious body.

That’s where rowing machines can be very beneficial. They are good for workouts because they provide both upper- and lower- body workouts. This is unlike other exercise machines that will only focus on one part of the body.

Are rowing machines good for optimum fitness

Rowing machines are good for overall fitness. Not only do they help you build and strengthen the muscles of the legs and arms, they also help you improve your cardiovascular functioning.

Unlike other types of resistance training, rowing machines put less stress on the joints so one can still reap the full benefits of a strength training regimen even though he is obese or has joint problems. This helps provide for more optimum fitness for the individual.

Rowing machines strengthen the muscles and improve cardiovascular functioning regardless of whether you have an existing health condition or not.

Are rowing machines good for the abs?

When it comes to targeting the muscles that make up the core rowing machines can target the various abdominal muscles. Modifying some of the movements in rowing can help you build the abs that you have been looking for.

This is most prominent in the Catch, Drive, and Recovery phases of the rowing cycle where the abdominal muscles are generally targeted. So, do rowing machines help tone the abs? Yes they do.

Are rowing machines good for the knees?

One of the questions people ask about rowing machines is if it will hurt the knee or is it possible for people with knee problems to use a rowing machine.

If correct body posture and movement is observed throughout the various phases of the rowing cycle, the rowing machines will not hurt the knees as it is known to help build stronger knees.

However, if you already have a medical condition in your knees, the flexion and extension of the knees may cause more problems. As such rowing machines are bad for knees that are already problematic in the first place.

Will rowing machines hurt my back?

The correct posture is the key to preventing any injury to the back from any type of exercise, rowing included. If you observe the correct posture while rowing, then these machines can actually help strengthen the muscles of your back, the trapezius, and even those of the lower back. If you fail to observe the proper posture, rowing machines can cause back pain.

Will rowing machines make me stronger?

Rowing machines simulate the action needed to propel a boat across the water’s surface. The only way to move the boat is to overcome the resistance generated by the water. The faster you row, the greater the resistance, the more your muscles have to work.

The more intense the work of the muscles, the stronger they get over time. The beauty of rowing machines is that you’re not only using your arms to ‘row’. You’re also using your legs to push against a part of the exercise equipment.

This way, you’re not only strengthening the muscles of your arms but also the muscles of your feet and legs. Overall, this makes you physically stronger. That being said, rowing machines do make you stronger.

Hopefully I’m able to enlighten you with the answers to these questions. If you have other questions, feel free to contact me anytime. And if you are looking to purchase a new rowing machine, please visit my page where I wrote an in-depth review about top rowing machines to buy in Australia.

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