Rowing machine

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    Feb 11, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Just wondering if any of you have any comments/opinions/experience with rowing machines. There's one at my gym, which I love using, but I just want to make sure that it is actually an efficient use of my time. I figure it's taking care of my cardio and a little bit of strength training simultaneously?

    Thanks!
    Dio
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    Feb 12, 2008 12:49 AM GMT
    I use the rowing machines at my gym 2-3x a week. I do between 5000 and 10000 meters each session. I certainly feel it is somewhat aerobic, not like running or even hard biking, but OK. I feel it most in my arms, bi's and tri's, along with shoulders, back, glutes, abs and quads....trainer tells me this is a great "compound workout" if you put enough time in on it. Actually has made my arms get a little more definition to them..and I sweat like a mad-man on it....not a waste of time..like NIKE says...JUST DO IT!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 12, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    I'm sure you'll get loads of responses from actual rowers and even coxswains (which I once was) but here's my two cents.

    First and foremost, make sure you're form is correct. I can't tell you the number of times I see guys get on an erg and just flail away on it, risking injury (esp lower back) at worst and doing themselves no good at best. Here's a good series of videos.

    Second, yes, if you're using the machine properly, you can definitely jack your heart rate up for as intense a cardio workout as you can handle.

    Third, as for strength training, yes, it's going to be great, but as with anything, it'll depend on your level of effort. It's not going to be the same as building muscle mass through weights though.

    That's my quick and dirty. I'm sure others will add more thoughts. Have fun!
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    Feb 14, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    Gigaram saidI'm sure you'll get loads of responses from actual rowers and even coxswains (which I once was) but here's my two cents.

    First and foremost, make sure you're form is correct. I can't tell you the number of times I see guys get on an erg and just flail away on it, risking injury (esp lower back) at worst and doing themselves no good at best. Here's a good series of videos.

    Second, yes, if you're using the machine properly, you can definitely jack your heart rate up for as intense a cardio workout as you can handle.

    Third, as for strength training, yes, it's going to be great, but as with anything, it'll depend on your level of effort. It's not going to be the same as building muscle mass through weights though.

    That's my quick and dirty. I'm sure others will add more thoughts. Have fun!


    EXCELLENT INFO!
    I learned alot in the videos.
    Thanks!
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    Feb 14, 2008 10:55 PM GMT
    Thank you so much. Those videos were indeed extremely helpful!

    Best,
    Dio