Home Rowing Machines are Still as Popular as Ever!

by David Cowley - Date: 2008-06-01 - Word Count: 534 Share This!

Oh if only there was a magical machine that could give you a good aerobic and resistance training workout in one!  What a great thing that would be for any fitness enthusiast or anyone concerned about their health overall.  If you're looking for such a machine, then look no further than rowing machines, available at most fitness centers and for home use as well.  Why are they so highly recommended, even with all the other types of fitness equipment out there?

For one thing rowing machines do provide a great aerobic workout, and can be especially preferred for those who can't be on treadmills or elliptical machines for some reason.  As an example those who are seriously overweight often have problems in their knees and ankles when they walk or use an elliptical machine.  Rowing machines mean that you can work out while sitting down!  There is absolutely no impact to this workout, meaning you save your knees, ankles, and hips from the jarring action of walking or running.

You can go at your own pace with rowing machines but make no mistake about it, when you use it vigorously they can really burn the calories.  Some claim that at full resistance and with vigorous use you can burn some 900 calories per hour of use!  They use most of the muscles of the entire upper body so you're getting a great aerobic workout while stretching and toning.

You're also getting a lot of resistance training with rowing machines.  Most models use an adjustable resistance system so that you can add weights at your own pace and convenience.  This means you're building muscle, and the more muscle tone you have, the more calories you burn every minute of every day.

Many types of rowing machines allow you to also use your legs as well as your arms, pushing off as you row, which means you're getting an entire workout.  Some even them as a form of physical therapy as they can work various muscle groups in one exercise and with as much or as little resistance as necessary.

The price run from under $200 to over $1,000 depending on the type of machine and the number of additions you need so you should be able to find one that will fit within your household budget.  They come in a verity of resistance types such as Air, Magnetic, Piston and Water.  The nose level of the machine in use will also have a bearing on the final price.  Machines are available for the very short to the very tall and all sizes in between. 

Rowing machines are also great for the home as they are usually small in size and typically can slide under a bed or fold up flat for easy storage.  This means that there are no more excuses as to why you can't work out, since you have aerobic activity and resistance right in one compact and easy to use piece of equipment! 

If you've been looking for a great machine that gives you a good aerobic workout while providing resistance training, that is easy on the joints, and that stores easily in your own home, then it's time to revisit rowing machines.  They're a perfect solution for anyone!

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