Benefits of a Rowing Machine

Get this: Rowing machines, also known as ergometers or ergs, use both your upper and lower body on every stroke (1).

This, in turn, strengthens and tones your muscles and improves your endurance. Plus, rowing provides some surprising benefits for your heart and lungs.

9 benefits of rowing.

Rowing is also known to strengthen your upper body muscles, including your:

  • pecs
  • arms
  • abdominal muscles
  • obliques

Your leg muscles are primarily engaged during the drive part of the stroke, or when pushing off the foot stretcher.

It’s low impact

Rowing burns serious calories without putting added stress on your joints. It allows you to control the movement and pace and is a great exercise for active recovery.

It can be meditative

There’s a mind-body connection with rowing.

While you might find the most calming benefits by rowing machine outside on the water, you can still achieve some level of this indoors.

It’s great for your heart and lungs

Since rowing is such an intense workout, your heart has to work hard to transport more blood to your body. This can improve heart strength.

It builds power and endurance

Rowing’s combination of strengthening and cardio will help build both power and endurance.

Power is your ability to exert maximum force in a very short amount of time — think jumping, accelerating to a sprint, or hitting a punching bag or a baseball.

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