Designed to push boundaries, strengthen muscles, and increase stamina, our rowing machines from Stamina Products are a perfect addition to any workout routine. While finding time to exercise in between the hustle and bustle of daily life can be difficult, our rowing machines can give you the total body workout you’ve been looking for in the comfort of your own home. Not only do our rowing machines provide you with the ease and convenience of exercising in your home, but they are also innovated to challenge you with the most effective rowing workout possible.
Types of Rowing Machines
There are two basic types of rowing machines on the market.
Single Pull Rowing Machines
The most common type of rower is the single pull machine. A single pull rowing machine has one handlebar to pull against the resistance. The handle is most often attached to a chain, cable, rope, or strap connected to some kind of resistance.
Oar Type Rowing Machines
This type of row machine has two handles and mimics the natural motion of rowing a boat. This movement provides a wider range of motion when compared to Single Pull rowers. Oar type rowers most commonly feature hydraulic resistance.
Types of Resistance
If you’re using a rowing machine, it will have some type of resistance mechanism. The resistance types covered here are magnetic, air, piston and water.
Magnetic resistance works using a series of magnets at a distance from the flywheel. The closer the magnets are to the flywheel, the more resistance you feel. Magnetic resistance is quiet, easily adjustable, and smooth. Generally, the resistance has a dial that can be adjusted with an electronic monitor.
Air resistance works by a fan with wide cuff blades to create resistance as the fan turns. Air resistance is dynamic, meaning the harder you push the faster the fan will spin and the harder the resistance will be. In this way, there are infinite resistance levels.
Piston resistance works by pushing a steel piston against air or hydraulic fluid that creates more resistance as it is pushed. The amount of resistance is adjusted by changing the piston stroke length and compressing the air or hydraulic fluid. Piston resistance can be adjusted by either turning a dial or by changing the angle of the piston. This type of resistance is smooth, quiet, and easily adjustable.
Water-resistance works using paddles that turn in the water. The more water that covers the paddles, the more resistance you feel. Like air resistance, water resistance is dynamic. The harder you pull, the higher the resistance you will feel. If you ease off, the resistance lessens.
HOW TO USE A ROWING MACHINE
Rowing is a full-body exercise in that every part of your body is used. This results in increased heart rate, a fantastic cardiovascular workout, and overall natural muscle toning. Let’s break down the form of a rowing stroke to see how it can benefit you.
- Drive: In the drive phase, you’re pushing off with your legs driving through your heels, all while firing your glutes, quads, and calves.
- Hinge: When your legs are almost straight, you hinge at the hips. Swing your torso back just past vertical, working your entire posterior, including your back, hips, and glutes.
- Pull: After you hinge, you’ll pull your arms towards your abdomen, recruiting your lats, delts, traps, and biceps.
- Return: On the return, fully extend with your arms, then follow with your legs.
An easy way to remember proper form is “Legs, arms, arms, legs.“
BENEFITS OF ROWING MACHINES
Rowing machines are a commonly used piece of exercise equipment for those looking to get a full-body workout. As a result, you may be familiar with what they do. But the real question is, do row machines really work? Is it worth spending your hard-earned money on one? There are so many benefits to using a rowing machine. And since rowing is a low impact activity, almost anyone can do it. You can use a rowing machine for cardio, full-body strengthening, toning, or as a complement to any exercise routine.
Engineered for efficiency, our rowers provide several benefits that lead to a healthier, stronger you. Some of the benefits include:
- Increased cardiovascular stamina
- Low-impact workouts that are easy on your joints
- Easy-to-use equipment
- Supplement to HIIT workouts
WHAT MUSCLES DO ROWING MACHINES WORK?
Perhaps best of all, rowing is a total body workout. When you row, you’re working the following muscles:
- Pushing off footplates works the muscles in your legs
- Hinging at your hips works your hip flexor muscles
- Pulling the handles works the muscles in your arms
- Bracing with your core after pulling the handle works your abdominal muscles
It recruits just about every muscle in your body, making it the ultimate workout for both cardio and strengthening.
Whether you are a professional athlete or fitness novice, rowing machines from Stamina are sure to challenge you and push you to your limits. Order one of our top-of-the-line rowers today!