How To Use A Rowing Machine Effectively

By: Brue Baker

Before using a rowing machine or any piece of physical fitness equipment for the first time, it is important to learn about how the machine functions and how to effectively use it. The machine itself will do nothing for you unless you use it properly and safely, and of course, actually use it.

What Is A Rowing Machine?

A rowing machine is a type of exercise equipment that works by simulating the action of a rowing scull for the purpose of exercise or training for rowing. This machine is most helpful in strengthening your back to help prevent back ailments later in life. This type of machine has actually been around for over a century now, but only reached the peak of popularity in recent years, thanks to technology.

Is Resistance Effective On A Rowing Machine?

There are four different types of resistance that are available on rowing machines:
* Piston resistance
* Magnetic resistance
* Air resistance
* Water resistance

None of these types of resistance are really any better than the others. You should choose whatever you feel most comfortable using for your fitness level. The piston resistance is the most popular option, because it allows the machine itself to be so small and compact, and thus makes it easier to fold up and transport around.

The magnetic and air resistance models are also quite popular however, because they allow you more control over your workout and offer a smoother motion. These are great for the serious fitness buff and rowers who are looking to train out of the water. This type of resistance makes them almost silent, even during an intense workout, which is great because then you never have to worry about bothering other people with noise while effectively using your rowing machine.

Another way to make the most effective use of your rowing machine is to know which extra features to include with it. For instance, digital display of rowing functions such as speed, time, distance, and calories burned, these are all features that you can have added onto your rowing machine for an additional price. Just make sure that you are actually going to use a rowing machine consistently before paying for one, or it may not end up being so effective in the end.

Out of all the different types of exercise equipment available today, the rowing machine is absolutely one of the very best. Why? Because it can help strengthen your back and abdominals.

Your back should be strong and your stomach should be free of excess fat if you want to avoid a whole list of medical problems later in life. Obesity is another long-term health concern and using a rowing machine effectively 3 to 5 days a week will keep you fit and slim, as long as you also follow a healthy diet. Also because row machines are low impact exercise they won't jar your knees and hips, like running.

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