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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've been using the rowing machine for some time now which I include in interval rotation, treadmill, stairmaster, stationary bike, the elliptical and the rowing machine. I enjoy it as it does provide the total body workout as most of the machines I use lack the upper body. I offset this with hand weight exercises and push ups .you're right, it is the most undervalued as it is hardly occupied at my fitness center. - 5/11/2016 2:38:35 AM
  • Great article. I love the Concept 2 rower. It has become my favorite piece of gym equipment. - 3/29/2016 4:57:53 AM
  • I have recently started using the rowing machine, and I love it. I must admit that I am concerned that I am not using it correctly, though. As for being the most underused piece of equipment in the gym, I disagree. There are 6 machines in the gym, and sometimes they are all being used at the same time. - 3/5/2016 11:22:43 PM
  • I sporadically used a rowing machine 2007-2012 when I had a gym membership, then I started exercising at home. This past Christmas, I found a rowing machine for under $100 sold by Its not nearly as sturdy as those in the gym, and I wouldn't recommend it if you weigh more than about 220 pounds. It has served me well, as in the last for years I've gotten my weight under 195. It has strengthened me in these last 2 months, and I've replaced a lot of other core exercises I had been doing. - 2/26/2016 11:17:28 PM
  • I am a former NCAA collegiate rower and then rowed with a community rowing club for many years after graduation. Rowing is a wonderful sport. I encourage everyone to try it. Please be sure to ask for help from the staff at the gym if you are just starting out. The form is VERY important so as not to strain your back. If your arms are working too hard, you are doing it wrong - it should be mostly legs. - 2/26/2016 10:09:15 AM
  • I would love to have a rower. However, my knees wouldn't allow it! I have a total knee that doesn't bend past 85 degrees, if I force it I might get 90, but that's about it!

    - 2/25/2016 7:54:36 PM
  • I was shown a rower during physical therapy- and was shown how to use it properly ( after I explained how awful it was to do) and the most important thing I was taught - is doing it fluidly & not trying to row the Atlantic ocean in 1 session.I row 2x a week still, and it is the 1 set of machine that are always empty. I started at 254 pounds - so being big will not stop you from using it, and it is a real total workout - CAUTION you may notice less joint ache, and better posture after a while. : ) - 2/25/2016 10:51:43 AM
  • Rowing machines are my absolute favorite apparatus. I was first introduced to one in cardiac rehab, and ever since whenever I go to a new or old gym for that matter, it is the first thing I look for right after the bathroom. Hey, it;s about priorities. - 1/18/2016 3:31:06 PM
  • When I was a kid, we had a "rowing machine" at our house. We used to play on it. It was very utilitarian. I haven't seen one since! In all the gyms I've been to, not a one. I didn't know it was a real cardio machine! lol - 1/5/2016 9:52:30 AM
  • I just got a Sunny Health Fitness Rowing Fitness Machine, a rather lightweight model (I wouldn't recommend if you're much above 200 lbs). from Easy assembly and under $100. - 1/4/2016 8:33:23 PM
  • SHAHAI16
    I love the rowing machine but Planet Fitness doesn't have any :( Not sure why. - 1/2/2016 8:00:29 PM
  • I love rowing! It's a good warm-up for my runs to prevent cramping. Unfortunately for me, the rowing machines at my gym are almost always taken. - 1/2/2016 4:06:16 PM
  • I used to think that when I was paddling our canoe, it was relaxing on the lake, but not that much exercise. After not paddling for a while, we went out and I noticed how many muscles I was using and then next day, I noticed again! It was really good and not boring since we were on a beautiful lake with lots to see.
    - 1/2/2016 2:28:44 PM
  • Rowing is fun, but you need to use good form on this machine, too, just as you do for all other machines, or you can hurt your back. - 1/2/2016 12:18:21 PM
  • I use the concept 2 machine, set it for 2000 meters, and then simulate a race - hard start, steady endurance in the middle, then a strong finish. At level 6 I've got it to 10 minutes. Working on the achieving the same time at a higher level. - 12/19/2015 10:14:52 AM

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