You want to get the most out of your workout when going to the gym. Finding workouts that work the entire body and make you feel good can be tough. Rowing is a great activity to work into your gym routine. As a low-impact and intensive form of working out, rowing can be incredibly beneficial. Our team at Wisniewski Chiropractic wants to help you live a healthy and active lifestyle. Add to your workout routine by learning the benefits of rowing.
What is a rowing machine?
If you’re looking for a full-body exercise, a rowing machine will do the trick! If you see rowers on a boat, that is the same movement that will be done on a rowing machine. An ergometer, or an indoor rowing machine, has a seat that glides. While you sit on the gliding seat you will have your feet strapped into the foot pads. Once you are seated and your feet are strapped in, drive through your legs to pull the handlebar toward your chest. When you do this resistance is created, the more strokes done the more air is created which makes it harder to pull the handlebar.
How to row
When you first start to row, it might seem a little uncomfortable. Here are some tips to make sure you master the motion of rowing and get the most out of your workout. Starting from the beginning is key. Make sure your feet are strapped in and your legs are bent in the starting position. At this point, you should be gripping the handlebar and prepared to push your legs. When pushing through your legs, make sure to lean backward with your core. Your arms should be used to row back with the handlebar. When rowing, the order to always remember is: legs, core, arms.
Benefits of rowing
Whether you’re looking for a new workout to implement into your routine or if you’re trying to improve your overall fitness, rowing is a great option. Here are some benefits of rowing and why you should consider implementing it into your routine.
Full body workout
Rowing consists of 65-75% leg work and 25-35% upper body work. The major muscles you’re working on when rowing include quadriceps, calves and glutes. Upper body muscles such as your pecs, arms, abdominal muscles and obliques can also be strengthened.
Burn calories while keeping stress off of your joints. Rowing is a great option because the movements can be controlled. You set the tone for the pace and resistance that you experience throughout the workout.
Power and endurance
The movement of rowing will require you to use your legs and arm muscles to get power. When you row correctly, muscles will develop which requires power to do so. Endurance can be monitored by looking at how long each rowing session is.