5 Reasons Rowing Will Make You The King (or Queen) of Cardio
We want to help make sure you are getting the most out of your training as winter approaches. We have all had the misfortune of encountering the great killer of your workout…time. Try as we might, some days just don’t go as planned, and when you finally can skid into the gym sideways, you are stuck for time. That’s when the problem starts. Do you risk a bad workout? Do you do a “light” day, and float your real workout to the next day? What about knocking out an hour of cardio and hit it all that much harder tomorrow?
Mmmm. Cardio. Most of us would prefer having a cavity drilled before we would seek out conditioning. But the benefits of doing cardio, like improved recovery, increased metabolism, and improved heart health (you know, the little things) cannot be denied. Of course, we quietly complain that it’s not as fun as lifting weights, nor are we getting the important things out of it, like bigger muscles, or helping with a new PR.
So why not hit the rowing machine?
Yes. The rowing machine. Like this one here…
But then, what do you do with it? Just row along? Sounds great.
Actually it is – and it has some real benefits that “regular” cardio can’t touch – here’s a few for you to think about!
1. The biggest myth about rowing is that it’s all upper body. – It’s a fantastic full body, low impact, killer strength and cardio workout. You’re working on nine major muscles groups: quads, hamstrings, glutes, lats, core, shoulder, triceps, back, and biceps. Posture, something that is highly neglected in almost every lifter’s regimen, is a huge benefit from rowing. And then you’re jump starting your cardiovascular system too.
2. Low Impact – the reason rowing is good for rehab is because it’s a much lower impact alternative to say, running. This makes it great the day after you crush your legs after all, torn cartilage has the nasty habit of staying torn. No sense in making a bad situation worse.
3. Short learning curve – Well, this should be a no-brainer – you just lean forward and lean back. Not quite – there is a rhythm to being efficient on a rowing machine – but the movements are relatively simple, so there’s not much of a learning curve.
4. You control the pace. – Resistance is created by how hard you pull, so you control the level of your workout. Quality rowers like the Xebex Rowing machines use a flywheel damper as resistance, so the harder you push and pull, the faster that flywheel is going to move. Think of the higher gears on a mountain bike and how they allow you to go efficiently at higher speeds.
5. Calorie Burn… this is really why a lot of you are here. With a Xebex rower, we see users burning an average of between 400 and 800 calories in less than an hour. That’s a lot more burn than most of us are used to with a “cardio” workout that we actually can get some upper body work in on as well.
The Ultimate Time Saver
Now, when we looked at all the benefits of a rowing workout, the immediate flip side is that you can incorporate an entire “light” day and conditioning into one less than an hour-long workout. It is a great piece to add in when your workout suffers from time crunch, and we know many of our readers that are pressed for time due to a busy schedule.
It may be the most complete cardio workout you can do.
Interested in getting a rower for your home or gym? Then check out the Xebex rower below.