The answers to all your rowing machine questions
Why should I get a rowing machine?
Rowing machines provide an excellent workout that balances cardio and muscular strength. Whether you are looking for a quick warm-up, a longer cardio session, or a short intense burst that focuses on muscular strength, the rower is a great addition to any home gym. In contrast to something like a treadmill, it is a very versatile machine that typically takes up little room when not in use.
What features should I look for in a rower?
The first thing to consider when looking at rowers is the type of resistance they provide. There are three main types of resistance: magnetic, air and water. Secondly, you should look for a rower that comes with a good monitor so that you can track your workouts and monitor your improvements. Finally, the amount of space that a rower takes up is important to consider if you have a smaller home gym space. Some models like the Ascend R-100 and R-200 feature a folding rail to save save, whereas models like the R-300 can stand vertically, saving even more space when not in use.
What muscle groups are worked when using a rower?
Rowing helps build strength in your arms, legs, and back, as well as your cardiovascular system. A core advantage of rowing is that it works some back muscles that are not frequently used in other cardio workouts, such as your lats, traps, and rhomboids.
Do rowing machines really replicate the feeling of rowing on the water?
Rowing machines offer a slightly different experience compared to rowing in a kayak or canoe. Since you are fixed in place, you do not need to worry about which direction you are going, and the resistance mechanisms are slightly different than what you would experience on the water. The Ascend R-300 Water Rower replicates real rowing very closely thanks to the sound of the water resistance mechanism.
What type of resistance is best in a rowing machine?
Each type of resistance has its own set of characteristics and benefits. Magnetic and air resistance both offer adjustable resistance, so you can manually select how hard you want your workout to be. Meanwhile, water resistance is not adjustable per se, but the harder you row, the harder the handles will be to pull. Water resistance offers the benefit of the soothing water sound as if you were on a lake, whereas a hybrid air and magnetic resistance mechanism cools you off thanks to the wind generated by the flywheel.
Do rowers require any maintenance?
Rowers should be maintained regularly to ensure the moving parts are functioning optimally. Before and after every session, you should inspect your rower and wipe off any sweat, dirt or dust that may have accumulated. The seat on the rail should also be lubricated once in a while to ensure there is no friction when sliding back and forth.
How much does a rowing machine cost?
Ascend’s entry-level R-100 Magnetic Rower retails for $599. The more advanced R-100 Air Rower and R-300 Water Rower both retail for $899.
Is rowing good for weight loss?
Rowing is a great workout for burning calories when you’re trying to lose weight. It’s a cardio workout, meaning it elevates your heart rate to around 70-80% of your maximum heart rate. Known as the fat burning zone, this is the heart rate at which your body starts burning calories.