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What Is a Rowing Machine?

waterrowerHaving steadily grown in popularity over the past few years, rowing machines are now present in most gyms and fitness centers. With an exceptional ease of use, level of comfort and rather affordable price range, this particular piece of equipment has the added advantage of providing both an aerobic as well as anaerobic motions, resulting in rapid weight loss with minimal effort. By definition, this kind of exercise equipment is designed to simulate the motions of rowing on actual water through the use of oars or a pull chain. Most of them come disassembled but these items are known for being exceptionally easy to put together.

The best thing about rowing machines is that you can certainly enjoy the deeply relaxing and fat-burning motions brought by rowing, without even leaving the comfort of your home. By this token, athletes no longer have to be restricted by weather conditions, injuries, disabilities and other such situations. More importantly, some models even come with a fold-up option as well as transport wheels to help you carry the rower in any desired room of the house, allowing you to add some variety to your workout.

What You Can Expect

By exercising on rowing machines, users can very easily burn a staggering amount of calories per hour. In fact, while the exact amount depends on several factors such as your age, gender and fitness level, most people burn between 200 to 900 calories per hour. Athletes can also make the most out of the machine’s numerous features. Most models include amenities such as a widescreen display to keep track of fitness-related data such as calories burned, number of strokes, distance covered and time elapsed. More advanced models can also help you connect- or even race- with other rowers, as is the case with the Concept2 Model D and Model E.

Unlike most exercise machines, this particular piece of fitness equipment do engage the upper muscles of the body, allowing athletes to work the trapezius, rhomboids, pecs, biceps as well as abdomen. Rowers with oars also allow you to develop stronger wrists and hands. As far as the lower body goes, this machine also engages muscles such as glutes, calves, thighs and quads. Rowers can also very easily be used by elderly or obese people because it ensures that your legs remain level and aligned with the rest of your body, hence taking the weight off your joints and knees.

How Do They Work

Rowing machines normally creates momentum through weighted flywheels. Heavier flywheels normally draw more energy from the body so don’t hesitate to go for 30 to 40lbs flywheels if you wish to burn more calories. Some even come with water tanks, such as the WaterRower Natural,  to simulate a much more realistic sensation of moving across water, a touch which more experienced rowers are undoubtedly going to appreciate. A rower easily provides a full-body workout and is especially recommended to people who can’t indulge in regular exercise because of knee or joint problems. As far as maintenance goes, all you’ll have to do is occasionally lube the frame and chain drive to ensure a smooth glide.