Why every swimmer should be a rower too

Getting into the right training routine with all the options available can be tough for any beginner triathlete. Getting better and faster isn’t always about going up a hill, sweating it out for hours in the gym or dragging yourself out for a run 6 am in the morning. Exercise isn’t about draining you out but feeling energized this why I use Concept 2 Rowers to train on my off days.

These rowers are the beast when it comes to cardio machines. Strength, stamina, muscle toning etc. they’re perfect for all. Here’s a little more about their benefits.

Rowing Machine

Perfect Aerobic workout

Irrespective of your age or your fitness goals are good cardio sessions play an important part in any exercise routine. When combined with weight workouts having a strong cardio session will boost your strength, stamina etc. to newer heights.

Endorphin generation in the body increases improving both sleep and mood. The adjustable resistance, integration of various muscles and its ability to boost and slow down heart rate smoothly make it the perfect aerobic workout equipment.

Ideal for weight loss

Yes, another cardio machine like the treadmill, arc trainer etc. are great too but none have the fat burning capacity of a rowing machine. With the topmost models, you can burn about 1000 calories in just 1 hour.

The treadmills focus too much on the legs plus a run outside is any day more refreshing, the cycle has little to no arm movement but a rower is a true full body workout machine thus toning every single muscle and preventing unnecessary weight gain before races.

Works out the upper body

Continuing on my previous point, rowers unlike it various counterparts integrate the upper body muscle too into the workout. Your shoulder, triceps, back etc. all work up a good sweat. Strengthening these muscles will further improve your posture and reduce any backaches.

It will strengthen your core and other important muscle like the biceps; chest etc. which in turn will improve you’re gripping and pedaling on the bike and help you swim longer and faster.

Its risk-free

Ever wondered why runners tend to have so many injury issues? Well, it’s just that kind of a sport irrespective of whether you’re on a treadmill, uphill of a trail or participating in races the risk remains high but not so with rowing thus you won’t be riddled with joint aches and bruises post training making it the perfect machine to prep for your upcoming triathlon. Just do not let your posture go wrong and go slow.

It’s cheap

Irrespective of how motivated you are spending anything above a $1000-$2000 is not worth it especially since rowing is just an add-on exercise for you. Rowers can come as cheap as $250 plus they are convenient to use and store as most of them get folded thus taking up no extra space at home. Yes, you can buy a $1000 top end model and though it’s still a bargain considering the benefits though I would advise against it. Remember to compare different rowing machines before making a choice.