When you decide to buy some exercise equipment for your home, or even deciding which machine to use at the gym it can be a rather daunting task. You don’t want to waste money on equipment you hate or does you no good at all. Not everyone can have a personal trainer on call to ask for advice, so you’re going to have to do some research. Here are some questions you might have and some equipment you might be looking at. Now do you get a rowing machine vs other cardio equipment. Here is a video going over the benefits of a rowing machine.
What are some of the rowing machine benefits?
Many people pick a machine based on what is popular. Which is why I rarely hear my clients talk about purchasing a rowing machine, they are more inclined to look at treadmills or ellipticals. That being said elliptical machines and treadmills are both great pieces of equipment but how do they stack up against a rowing machine? Let’s find out.
Exercise Bikes: Let’s say you weigh roughly 170lbs and bike at a moderate pace for 60 minutes you can burn somewhere around 570 calories.
Treadmills: The same person using a treadmill for 60 minutes can burn around 670 calories
Elliptical Machines: Again with the same weight and pace you can burn around 525 calories.
Rowing Machine: If you maintain the same pace on a rowing machine you can burn 688 calories.
Calories aren’t Everything
Calories burned are not the only thing you need to be looking at when buying a new piece of equipment. Here are some other reasons besides calories that you need to look at a rowing machine.
- Cardio Workouts: A rowing machine will raise your heart rate and increase your oxygen intake, this in turn build stamina and improve your heart and lung health. Rowing machines will help your cardiovascular health as good as if not better than any other cardio equipment.
- Low Impact: Rowing machines put minimal stress on your joints and that will reduce your risk of injuries. You aren’t going to fall off, you’re already seated and if you use proper technique you won’t hurt your back either.
- Upper and Lower Body Workouts: One of the best benefits is how a rowing machine can condition your total body. It will work lats, rhomboids, biceps, trapezoids, abs, quads and calfs. If you’re going to spend an hour a day on a fitness machine then make sure it works for you.
A rowing machine is every bit as good a machine stacked up against treadmills, bikes or a mini stepper. On top of that they fold up for fairly easy storage and you can fit one under your bed, whereas you’re going to need space for other fitness equipment. Don’t overlook a rowing machine as your next piece of fitness equipment.