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:
- 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?!
- 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.
- 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.Click for more info on the free Saturday group workout.