Now Trending: The Row Machine

The row machine is great for exercise for many reasons.

By Jesse Kepka
NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist


I’m not usually one to send clients onto machines for workouts, but the rower needs some love. Here’s why: 

  1. It’s cardio and strength training all in one. People have insane schedules these days, so if you don’t have a ton of time and you’re out of brain power to come up with a workout, the rower will hit your legs, back and core as well as get that heart pumping. And as a result, it’s a high calorie burner. Big wins over simply walking/running/biking when it comes to time and efficiency. Building muscle AND burning fat. Say wha?! 
  2. It’s versatile. If you’re training for endurance, lower the resistance and settle in for a longer time period. If you’re working on speed or power, hit it hard for short bursts as part of a HIIT circuit. 
  3. If anything, use it as a warm up for a strength training day. It will ignite the posterior (it’s similar to a deadlift as far as form, only your seated)  and warm up your body so you’re ready to rock. 

Tip shared by Jesse Kepka, NASM-certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist and owner of Elevate Fitness. Jesse is a co-organizer for Priority Fit Camp. Each week, we publish a health and wellness tip that is shared at the Priority Fit Camp community workout. The free group class happens every Saturday at 7:50 a.m.  

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