If you’re looking for the ultimate in resistance and endurance-based exercise, then look no further than the humble rowing machine. Rowing machines have been commonplace in commercial gyms for many decades now, and when you understand the many benefits that they offer their users, you’ll understand why that is.

Gymgoers all over the globe use rowing machines every single day, for a variety of unique reasons. Rowing machines are great because they improve your fitness, they help you to burn fat, they improve your endurance, they boost your stamina, they work your legs, and they help build muscle in your back and assist with explosive speed and power. If you’re a fan of rowing machines but find that your technique is lacking, here are some tips to help you out.

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Slow down

One reason why people find themselves struggling on the rowing machine is because they tend to start off too fast and they find that they quickly run out of steam. When you use a rowing machine, if you want to record a good time, it’s important to slow down and maintain a reasonable speed. Think of rowing like a marathon. If you start the marathon sprinting as fast as you can, you’ll quickly run out of breath and will be exhausted before you get anywhere close to the finish. The same principle applies to rowing. Start off at a moderate speed, maintain this speed, and don’t run out of breath too quickly by starting off too intensely. With rowing, slow and steady wins the race.

 

It’s all in the legs

Another mistake that people make on the rowing machine, is focussing on generating power from their arms, rather than the legs. Rowing is actually very much a leg-orientated activity. Instead of trying to pull the handle as hard as you can with your arms, instead focus on hip drive and generating force and explosive power from the legs.

 

Don’t forget the back

If you want to build a powerful and muscular back, you’ll likely perform plenty of rowing exercises in the gym. Bent-over rows, barbell rows, T-bar rows, and dumbbell rows are just some of the exercises. Needless to say, rowing exercises and the back are synonymous with one another. To get the most out of your rowing experience, be sure to use the back correctly. Don’t sit up too straight, but don’t slouch and lean back too far either. Ideally, you want to sit up straight, but leant back ever-so-slightly to generate the most power from the muscle fibres located in the back.

 

Practice makes perfect

Whether you want to improve your rowing technique, your bench press, your squat, or anything else, practice very much makes perfect. The only way you are going to get better at something is by practicing it more and more. This is no different when it comes to using the rowing machine.

 

Strengthen your core

If your core is weak, you won’t record an impressive time on the rowing machine. A strong core will help you in every single way when it comes to rowing, so be sure to strengthen it as best you can.