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Getting Started With A Rowing Machine Workout

A rowing machine workout is a phenomenal choice of cardio, doing wonders for your body. Here's what you'll want to know about this exercise form.

Rowing is one of the best possible exercises for the body, and you would be amazed at just how completely they can change your musculature, as well as overall physical fitness.  In a way, they are almost like the perfect exercise, and you’ll find that they can make a massive difference when it comes to your overall health.  But you also have to know how to start and maintain a routine.  That means knowing what you need to do to get started on a machine, but you also want to know how you should be progressing.  Something that you’re going to find with these machines is that they can be the perfect workout if you know how to use them.

But of course, this means knowing how to build your fitness as well as ensure that you’re progressing safely.  You’re going to find that with rowers, you have to be careful about how you workout, so that you can ensure you’re getting the most of your time spent on them, but also to make sure that you’re not overworking which can also be an issue. You don’t want to overdue it, as that can be extremely bad for the body.  So here is really what you need to know about a rowing machine workout, and how to start a healthy type of routine:

1) What are rowing machines?

Basically these are the machines that simulate the act of actually rowing a boat with long oars. That means you’re required to go through the entire motion, from hunching your body up, and then pushing off with your arms and legs, and returning to your starting position.  They are really difficult, and feature a complicated system of moving parts in addition to a sliding seat to simulate the rowing type of motion.

2) What are the benefits of any type of rowing machine workout?

You’re going to find that rowing machine benefits are going to far outweigh just about any other type of exercise equipment that you could possibly try.  They are really the perfect workout.  You’re going to find that they are so perfect for a few reasons.  On the one hand, you’re going to find that they are really ideal because they allow you to work just about every single muscle group so that your body gets stronger through difficult resistance training.  But you’ll also find that it’s an extremely aerobic workout as well, so it’s really good for the heart and cardiovascular system at the same time.

3) Starting a routine safely.

When you first start out with a rowing machine, you’re going to find that the going is extremely difficult.  These are not for the weak, so it’s first important that you consult with your doctor to make sure that you’re healthy enough to use one.  From there, you want to start out on the lower settings until you get a feel for the machine and you don’t want to use them too much in the beginning, so that you don’t risk pulling or overworking any muscles.

4) Steadily building muscles.

From there, if you want to steadily build your fitness, you want to slowly progress throughout the workout raising your resistance level as well as raising the length of the workout.  Any good rowing machine should feature a resistance adjustment system, in which you can adjust the amount of resistance from minimum to maximum, usually on a scale from 1 to 10.  You want to slowly progress so that you make healthy progress, but so that you don’t overwork your muscles which can be bad for them.

5) Build up to a healthy number of SPMs.

Finally, the entire goal of any rowing machine cardio workout, is to build until the point where your SPMs or strokes per minute, are at a high enough rate that you’re really working hard.  Most typically a good rower should be able to pull off 30 to 35 per minute consistently with proper form.  When you can get to this level, you’re going to find that your body should be pretty fit, and you should be making a pretty big difference in the overall quality of your physical fitness as well as the health of your body.

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