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A Glance At How To Rower Machine

By Heather Peters

I have found time and time again, that if I know a little background information on using a piece of exercise equipment, I enjoy it far more. As I am specialized and very experienced with indoor rowing machines, I’d like to give you a little bit info on how they can be best used.

Safety First

Use rowing machines properly and you will have fun immediately. When exercising the chance of an injury is fortunately not very high.

The first thing to check is to make sure that the rollers are covered and out of the way. When they are not then I don’t recommend using the machine as you can easily get your shirt caught up in the rollers also it can literally be torn off your back!

The footrest must provide a secure grip. Otherwise you won’t have a good feeling on your rowing machine and will miss the joy and pleasure.

The straps should be checked at least once a month to detect possible signs of wear. Lacerated or abraded cables should be renewed immediately.

Each indoor rower will have a set of guidelines including the maximum weigh of the user. Ensure that you are not over that weight. If you’re then find another rower which is built to support more weight.

Monitoring Your Exercises

With almost every rower it comes with an on-board computer which will help you keep an eye on some of the key metrics of your exercise.

If you want to use this computer whilst working out (and you do) then make sure that it’s in a good position so that you can clearly see the readouts as your exercising.

Most rowers will just have basic readouts but they’re still important. One of the most basic but very important ones is of course how long you have been on the machine for. This is great for setting targets and milestones.

As you begin to look at more expensive rowers, like the ones at big gyms, you’ll find a range of different features and programs and more data than you could hope to use. Some of the more important ones are the calorie readouts, heart rate monitors and energy burnt.

Another cool reaction you can have on the higher price range models, is it is possible to key in your specific data like your age, body weight, etc and then this will be used to help you computers process your information and provide you with more accurate readouts.

With this information you can build up enough stats on yourself to set goals and push yourself so far as you like. This is one of the best ways to motivate yourself to get results. You may also plug the information into an actual PC where you’ll be able to get even more data, but for me unless your a professional athlete it all gets a bit outrageous at that time.

Now that you have read and understood the basic workings and safety checks for rowing machines, you should easily be able to get a fantastic workout out of them and really enjoy yourself.

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