Easy on the joints empowered with a strong burn the rowing machine
Experts now state that if one takes the time to examine this nearly obsolete piece of equipment usually found buried in the dark crevasse of most fitness centers you just may be surprised. It operates smoothly, easy on joints and provides you with one strong burn.
According to Dr. Timothy Hosea, of the American College of Sports Medicine, it is most likely the best piece of workout equipment in the gym. According to Dr. Hosea, it is a total fitness machine. In running or elliptical where the legs are used this machine exercises all major muscle groups in the body in an easy and controlled manner.
Dr. Hosea is an orthopedic surgeon in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has rowed since his college days. Dr. Hosea notes that rowing machines actually burn more energy and power than that of swimming or running. Noting further, the average person can easily burn 700 to 750 calories each hour at a moderate pace.
So why is it shoved and forgotten in the deepest crevasse? Dr. Hosea believes it is due to the less than dignified position of the equipment. When rowing you are sitting down and every person around you is towering over you. Next he states comes that learning curve. In gyms physical skill seems to dominate. The rowing machine requires patience. Learning the correct technique will require time. It may appear to be easy but as Dr. Hosea mentions people do not know how to row in a efficient manner, this leaves them avoiding the machine altogether.
Dr. Hosea states the power in rowing comes from the legs. However, lots of people think it comes from the arms and back. People become frustrated if they do not understand you drive with the legs first.
Another mistake made is putting too much resistance on the machine that core strength is compromised and the lower back becomes stressed.
Richard Louis, a trainer at Crunch Gym in New York states he does use the rowing machine with clients. He remarks that for some people doing thirty minutes of cardio is unthinkable. This machine gets them started with shorter periods.
Trainer Louis remarks he likes to do intervals. Rowing hard for thirty seconds then relaxing for thirty seconds and slowly increase rowing and decrease rest.
Detroit based trainer, Tom Spring, who works with high risk populations, seniors and chronically ill clients does use the rowing machine and recommends them. He does warn that those who are under instructed do run the risk for back problems. He remarks he cringes when he sees the way people use these machines, noting that trainers need to become more comfortable.
Personal trainer Tiffany Boucher, at Equinox Fitness Center in New York City totally agrees. Commenting “if done correctly it’s really a great workout”. She believes people just do not think about it often.
If that is not enough to encourage you to try the rowing machine here are some health benefits:
The motions required to properly use these machines not only require you to use the muscles in the lower arms, hands and wrists but also muscles in upper arms and shoulders. Regular exercise on this machine allows the muscles in these areas of the body to become greatly stronger over time.
Also, after any kind of injury to such parts of the body, healing occurs more quickly if they are used as part of a person’s physiotherapy treatment. Physiotherapy to treat injuries in the lower parts of the body like knees, thighs and legs can aide them in healing quicker when rowing machines are used.
Since this kind of exercise depends on the use of many muscle groups at the same time within the body it is considered to be a cardiovascular activity. If you’re looking to improve your cardiovascular fitness the rowing machine will be of great benefit. This type of activity aides in increasing the heart rate in which then can improve the speed in which the metabolism works. Over time not only do you start feeling better but look more slim and toned due to the fact the body can far more calories and fat in shorter time and with less effort.
Improved Blood Circulation
The rowing machine will give you improved blood circulation throughout your entire body. This improvement will let you remain more focused and concentrate better for longer time periods. Your body will start not tiring out so easily. In a course of time your brain functions will slowly improve because of the increased blood flow to the head in which is provided abundant oxygen along with necessary nutrients which is required for cell growth and staying happy.
Exercise especially when using a rowing machine is a great way to rid stress when done on a regular routine. Regular exercise on this machine decreases anxiety disorders and stress greatly.
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