In the episode, Which Exercise Machine Burns the Most Calories the rowing machine is listed as one of the top options, capable of burning over 1,000 calories per hour! Sadly, these contraptions are usually isolated and collecting dust in the cardio corner of the gym – possibly because they look intimidating. In fact, they’re easy to use. Here are 3 Quick & Dirty Tips to get you started:
Know The Machine
Most rowing machines have a hard flat seat (if your butt finds that uncomfortable, wear bicycling shorts). In front of that seat is (A) a handle, which is attached to a chain or cable, which is in turn attached to the actual resistance you pull against; and (B) a pad for each of your feet. You pull with your arms and push with your feet – it’s that simple!
Employ Good Form
During the backwards motion of the row, push with your legs while keeping your low back as straight as possible and your abdominals tightened. Pull with both your arms and the muscles of your upper back. During the forward motion of the row, return to your starting position and recover, but as you do so, continue to maintain an upright back with no slouch.
If you’re trying to build muscle or gain lean mass, engaging in high calorie burning activities is not going to help your efforts. So limit your rowing to several short, intense bouts of 60 seconds to 2 minutes. Furthermore, if you have low back pain or become bored easily, plan on a maximum of 20 minutes on the rowing machine.
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