The rowing machine is changing its reputation as the most underrated machine in the gym. And its about time!
The rowing machine, also known as the rower, ergometer or erg, has too often been neglected on the gym floor, but rowing has been surging in popularity, now being called the new Spinning.
Rowing is a great way to get a full-body and cardio workout – the erg is the only machine that provides cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength & endurance at the same time.
The basic mechanics of the rowing stroke can be taught in one session, and then the challenge begins. To continually improve, to make the most of rowing, similar to learning to play a musical instrument, it takes practice. Stroke by stroke, “rowing meets you where you are, and takes you as far as you want to go”
Each rowing stroke when done effectively utilizes almost 90% of muscles in the body. The rowing machine offers a non-impact strength and cardio workout that’s as intense as the rower chooses, so it also provides an individual experience for each user.
Indoor rowing is a competitive sport on its own, an essential part of CrossFit training, and it can be an integral part of your training program. Rowing is excellent cross training for other sports, as well as therapy for many orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, as well as for recovery.
Rowing is catching on globally, with machines ranging widely in price, marketing fancy bells and whistles, and endorsed by stars. But every rowing machine is based upon the same principals of physics, and all follow the pioneering design of the Concept2 RowErg that started the revolution 45 years ago.
Whatever rowing machine you choose, rowing is for everybody!