For this post, the focus here is on one of the many exercise machines currently at WST and how it can benefit your training program. Today, we present to you, the dreaded, Rowing Machine.
Defined, the rowing machine is used to replicate the watercraft rowing to help increase cardio and overall fitness. Just like the rowing you will see at the 2012 London Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8a9nKkp1OM&feature=fvwrel).
Indoor rowing can be a great calorie burner; can improve your core and it’s an excellent lower body exercise. It’s intense. It’s loud (thank you iPod cranked to 11) and at times, I find myself gasping for air (which means I must be doing it right). But, bad technique can ruin your back so see a trainer before you start.
Now, I have a love/hate relationship with the rowing machine. It’s awesome for cardio and more importantly, it has saved my knees from the crippling effects of the treadmill. For that, I love the rowing machine.
But, it’s brutal. Why is it brutal? Because it uses so many different muscle groups at the same time. Legs, core, arms, shoulders, biceps and triceps and lungs feel it the most when rowing.
The advantages of the rowing machine are the low impact on the body and how there is little stress on the joints. These are beneficial when it comes to training because that means you can keep on training.
So, if you haven’t tried it, give it a shot. But make sure you have your iPod cranked.