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The Most Undervalued Piece of Equipment in the Gym

9 Reasons to Try the Indoor Rowing Machine

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  • I did the rower many times at the gym but quit because my sister always made me feel like I had to get so far in a short time and it left me breathless. I might try it again and just enjoy it.
    - 4/9/2015 6:04:54 PM
  • I love the rowing machine. When time permits I begin there for 30 minutes, followed by free weights and machine, then I do the elliptical for 30 minutes and then walk/ jog on the indoor track. The whole workout takes me about two hours and I feel the fatigued muscles the rest of the day. - 10/8/2014 6:16:34 PM
  • I love using the rowing machine at the YMCA. There are only 2 and they are hardly used. I use the rowing machine 3x/week for 30 minutes. I hope to get one of my own one day for use at home, so that I don't have to use the gym/YMCA. - 9/12/2014 12:12:13 PM
  • I'm typically on the elliptical every day but thought I'd give the rowing machine a try after reading another SP article. Although the workout mechanics felt good, I found it not to my liking; it was difficult to get my feet comfortably secure in the pedal straps and worse yet, it was BORING. Our machine has a simple digital readout that's no fun to look at; I think I may try again if I can find a way to rig my iPad to it. I just can't sit for a long time doing repetitive motion without going stir crazy. Ugh. - 8/30/2014 12:41:08 PM
  • NAYAH50
    I ordered a C2 rowing machine in June after trying it at crossfit (not ready for that yet) and I have not stopped rowing since. The company was great to order from and since arriving it is my everyday exercise. I have just setup the erg data app last night to log my rows with others. Off to row right now... Love this machine!!! PS - to the rower with a backache...I have found I'll get one if not rowing with good form. Watch the videos... - 8/8/2014 12:13:28 PM
  • THELADYCASH
    I love our gym's rower!
    Started out in 20 second bursts (before having to rest, lol) but now I'm up to 3 minutes at a time. I love it, and use it more than the treadmill or elliptical for calorie burning. It's the main part of my workout routine. Love it! - 6/6/2014 12:37:10 PM
  • My Concept 2 Model D is in my living room in front of my TV. I just crossed the 3 million meter mark and plan to do another 3 million (or more) this season). The great thing about having your own machine is that you don't have to go anywhere to use it. Because of my work schedule, I often find myself rowing at all hours of the day and night. Very convenient. - 5/2/2014 2:25:33 PM
  • We just got a new one in my gym at work. I'm starting off slowly, but really enjoying it! - 4/23/2014 3:22:21 PM
  • I TRYED IT YESTERDAY-IT WAS GREAT....I DO SPIN CLASS AND READ THIS AND TRYED IT AFTER SPINNING. AFTER 48 MINUTES OF SPINNING I ONLY LASTED 12 MINUTES! TRY IT YOUR LIKE IT! - 4/5/2014 5:43:21 PM
  • I wish I had access to one. - 3/30/2014 6:26:41 AM
  • Don't have a rowing machine in my gym. - 3/17/2014 9:41:15 PM
  • VIXXTAA
    I've used the rower a few times in sessions with my trainer. It's a tough work out for sure. Reading this article made me think I should incorporate it more into my cardio work outs on my own...might give it a go this week :) - 2/24/2014 2:06:04 AM
  • KERRI_ENGLAND
    I tried the rowing machine today after reading this article recently. I thought, "Well, it'll be a nice change up for 30 mins instead of the treadmill." WRONG! After 12 minutes, I'm absolutely worn out! (I think the trainer started me off on too high of a resistance level, so I adjusted it down & still think it may be too high.) But I have new goals now & something new to do at the gym. I'm hooked! :) - 2/21/2014 8:12:21 PM
  • SNOOKS2013
    Will look into this - 2/20/2014 5:32:17 AM
  • I don't like to use this machine at all. My lower back hurts after 10 mins, and it is boring as hell working out on this! I'll pass! - 2/19/2014 10:51:05 PM

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