The Benefits of Rowing

Rowing MachineRowing is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise and calorie burners. You can burn around 200 calories with just 15 minutes on the rowing machine. It’s also low impact on the body, so risk of injury is low. It comes as no surprise that Olympic rowers are one of the fittest sports men and women on the planet. To get the full benefits you don’t need to be on the water either! You can use a rowing machine which gives you a similar workout minus the fresh air. When you use an exercise bike or go for a run, your heart mainly pumps blood to your legs. When you are rowing you are using over 80% of the muscles in your body. This means your heart is pumping blood to all these muscles and then adapts to be fitter and improve your cardiovascular health.

When you are rowing you use your calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, biceps, triceps, back, lats, shoulders, abs, oblique’s and lower back. As you can see, a vast amount of muscles are worked when rowing. The key muscles worked are the legs. Your legs provide the power to drive you back. Your legs should be doing the majority of the work, not your arms. So remember to concentrate on using your legs rather than the arms and back at the start of the stroke and finish off the final part with the arms, back and shoulders for that final squeeze at the end of the movement.

If you are doing resistance training to build or tone muscle make sure you do rowing at the end of your workout. This will fully fatigue the muscle. An example would be if you are training your shoulders. You could finish off your workout with rowing. This will hit the shoulders to fatigue and also give you a great cardiovascular workout.

Make sure you add rowing as part of you cardiovascular training plan to help keep your heart healthy and your fitness levels high!

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