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One Cardio Machine You’re Not Using (But Should Be!)

Posted Apr 24 2012 1:00pm
What if I told you that there was a cardio machine that has the ease of an elliptical, the intensity of sprinting, it works your upper and lower body and gives you an ab workout without even thinking about it!

The rower.

Why it’s awesome
  • It’s a total body workout.
  • It’s low impact.
  • Lot’s of core. Your abs and core muscles do a lot of work.
  • Legs. You don’t realize how much legs you’re doing until you get off.

I’m not one to promote cardio machines. However, the rower has quickly become my favorite. I, like many, was intimidated by this loud and weird looking machine. I knew nothing about rowing, but what the heck, I decided to give it a try. The first time on the rower, I had no idea what I was doing, it was a whole different language to me. It measured distance in meters. The poster in front of me told me to keep my strokes per minute below 35, not sure how to do that. I was all over the place with my strokes. After 10 minutes of a haphazard attempt of rowing, I was spent. I was hooked to learn more!

I’ll admit it took me awhile to get the hang of proper rowing technique, but once I did, it was an awesome workout! Now I routinely do 10Ks and 500m sprints once or twice a week. I also include rowing in my bootcamp classes and personal training workouts quite often!

Learn More: Watch These Videos
If you are new to rowing, head over to the Concept2 website and watch the technique videos. They were a huge help for me! Concept2 is the go to rower in the fitness industry, so check them out!

Next time you’re at the gym, find the rower and try it out. It might take awhile to get used to it, but when you do you’ll be rowing 5Ks and 10Ks in no time!

Concept 2 Rower at joefitness

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