Most of us are more inclined towards opting for treadmills, exercise bikes, crosstrainers and multi-gyms for indoor exercise. However, there is the well-liked and effectual gym equipment that works wonders for your fitness level. It’s the rowing exercise equipment.

Rowing works so much of your body. It provides aerobic workouts and combines resistance training with cardio exercise and great calorie-burning action. In earnest, you can burn as much as 800-1000 calories in an hour of engaging in a hard rowing exercise workout. Or, you could easily burn 300 calories in a 30-minute routine. This makes rowing to be an ideal workout for losing weight. Apart from weight loss and strength training, rowing actually offers a total-body workout. 


Like all exercise routines, your routine should always begin with a warm-up and concluded only after a warm-down. When you have reached a steady momentum, a fairly good workout pace would be between 24-28 strokes per minute. With contemporary rowing machines, you are able to adjust resistance and speed to suit your physical condition and requirements.

Hence they are suitable for all ages and where even the elderly can benefit tremendously from rowing exercises. In essence, rowing will increase your lean muscle mass. Moreover, there are other noticeable benefits that rowing exercise inherently offer.

To begin with, rowing places you in a sitting position. Rowing also works and involves upper and lower-body resistance. What’s also welcomed is that there is very low impact on your joints. It is an activity that requires strength-induced movements and exercise by efficiently working your quads, upper & lower back, buttocks, chest, forearms, biceps, triceps, hamstring, glutes and calf.

According to U.S. Olympic rowing coach Mike Teti, rowing provides the best total-body workout of any cardio exercise because they require equal effort from both upper and lower body – thus rowing offers greater gains in overall cardiovascular fitness.

Rowing is superb for muscle toning. It works on a large group of muscles with every stretch. Effort is placed by the thighs, hips, torso, and the pelvis. Benefits are also visible on the forearms, triceps and shoulders and rowing also helps to strengthen your core and abdominal muscles. With rowing exercise equipment you can also accomplish high-intensity workouts minus impacts to the joints. High-intensity workouts burn about 1,000 calories per hour.

However, it is important to observe the right posture and technique while using the rowing machine to avoid any discomfort or injury. Intrinsically, exercise causes you to perspire - thus removing toxins and impurities from your body. It increases your blood circulation and metabolism rate too. Your lungs function optimally and respond with higher air-oxygen intake. All these improve your general physical wellbeing while mentally exercise is a good stress and anxiety reliever. So the next time you visit the gym, try working out on rowers. Ideally, you may also acquire one and row in the comforts of your home.


Note: consult your doctor before starting on exercise programs.