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What Are The Benefits Of Rower Machines?

By Heather Peters

Sometimes I get asked what the best piece of fitness equipment is. They’re usually in the market for just 1 exercise machine and want to know what the best all around-er is. And my answer is always the indoor rowing machine. These are incredible as they exercise all your muscles together whilst also giving you the best cardio workout you can get according to the experts.

There are basically two kinds of rowing machines: those with a movable handle system and those with a wire system.

Most people prefer the cable ones as the flow is commonly better. You see as your going to and fro the wire actually is a much more effective mechanism to handle the motion.

There are some issues with rowing machines however. Normally the one is they can be terrible for you for those who have any type of back trouble. This is especially true if you have issues with your lumbar area, but even if it’s not that specifically, I don’t advise it. You’d be better off with a low-impact exercise machine like an elliptical cross trainer which has been designed to work your muscles whilst ensuring your safety.

If you’re really set on getting a rower though, you could look for one that is magnetically operated alongside a cable and is very smooth. This may help any issues that you have.

Quality Requirements For Rowing Equipment

1. Locate a stable body design.

2. If you choose moving handles, you do need to be able to control your body and keep stable. If your overweight then I do not recommend this.

3. Look for a comfortable seat as you are sat on it for the duration of the workout and so it needs to fit you well and not make you uncomfortable.

4. Observe the length of the rowing machine. Only the optimal amplitude of motion assures an effective training. Simply constructed machines are often too small for tall users.

5. It’s good if they’ve got good programs and readouts because then you have scores to beat next time and you ca set goals and milestones to accomplish.

6. Before buying take measurements of the space in your apartment where you want to place your machine. Meanwhile a lot of rowing machines are arrangeable even in small rooms, however, your exercises can be negatively affected by a lack of space.

7. Ask fitness trainers at the gym and who have experience with this equipment. You may also want to join an online health club or forum so you can ask questions and find out what they think is the best indoor rower to buy.

By reading the tips that I’ve just provided through and making a mental or even physical note of them, you should have no trouble finding the right rowing machine for you. Just make sure that you stick to using it when you get it as it can be easy to set it aside and forget about it. You may even want to write up a workout routine and eating plan to keep you on the right track.

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