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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
August 19, 2017
One thing that always cracks me up is when Jon starts issuing “punishments’ at the gym. A lot of times, part of the motivation process is getting people to push themselves to the greatest lengths possible. When Jon was trying to motivate me to do anything, he would threaten me with country music. You see, he knew I absolutely hated the fake twangs and obnoxious lyrics. He especially found my weakness with Taylor Swift, who I felt was the worst out of all the country singers at the time. Fortunately, Jon doesn’t really get on my case like that anymore. Instead, he uses alternative methods, like if you cannot give him a certain number of reps, you will have your choice of doing some other exercise. A lot of times burpies or push-ups were put on the table, and this often times inspired me to try and crank out whatever job asked of me. There were days I failed of course, and failed badly. But I often times felt better for it. These days, Jon seems to give people the chance to do work on the rowing machine, which I discovered many at the gym seem to dislike the contraption. This is something I don’t quite get. I mean, if Jon had given me that option over the burpies and push-ups, I would have taken it every time. Maybe there is something inside of me that really fits into the paradigm of the rowing machine. The motion, the speed, the coordination. Who knows what it might be, but these are the types of things I always gravitated to. Much like my love for the suspended elliptical devices and stair climbing machines you see at pretty much every gym, rowing is something I wish I could try in real life. Now of course, I would have to seriously learn how to swim so I won’t feel terrified on the open water, but that is what technology is for. Someone decided one day to make rowers available for us land lubbers, and it has been one of my favorite devices to work with. I’ve been on them for 20 minutes at a time and I felt better for doing it. I remember I watched half a soccer match at the gym by my house, doing the rowing machine and enjoying the game at the same time. It’s not that hard of a contraption, and other than the aspect that it can make you really sweaty or sore, what is it that makes the row such a good addition to your workout regimen? Well, this is a good question even for me, and even I want to get to the bottom of this!
Fist and foremost, we are mostly going talk about indoor rowing. I will give a little info about the outdoor style as well, but since most people do not have access to the sport we will mostly be sticking to the primary. Anyway, why is rowing so good for you? https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/josh-crosby-talks-benefits-of-indoor-rowing According to some actual trainers that utilize boutiques for rowing much like Spin classes, rowing is a complete body workout. Now I know what you are thinking….If it is a total body workout, then why do so many rowers have huge upper bodies? Well, you got me on that one, but you may also be distracted by the massive guns a good competitive rower has. If anything, rowing is an exceptional total body workout. In truth, you are giving your arms a tremendous workout, so you will be working your back muscles, triceps and your biceps. But did you know you are also working other muscle groups? Aside from the obvious groups, you are also putting some work into quads, hamstrings and your core. It’s a great way to engage in the push-pull methodology because of the movement associated with the workout. You also work your lats and your core in addition, mainly because you have to stay upright for this particular movement. You would lose all of the benefit of the row if you started letting your back become crooked or started doing things that didn’t allow you to stay upright. So not only are you using your arms to get the pulling motion, you are using your legs to give you extra power and you are using your core to maintain your proper form. Sounds like a good all-around workout to me. So if you ever have a trainer that give you the option to do this stuff, take it! The main reason why I say this is is because of this…you give yourself a lot of control on the subject. http://www.rowingmachineking.com/what-does-a-rowing-machine-do-for-your-body/ Depending on the make and model of the device you are using, you are given quite a bit of control in regards to the resistance you want in this exercise. The models that Jon has at Parsons Training are Nordictrack, so they instantly give you the option to select your resistance. The higher resistance is a little tougher on your body, but you get better distance out of it. The lower resistance doesn’t get you as far, so you can work your cardio a little more as opposed to the total body workout. Some models don’t have a lever that allow you to make the changes at the beginning, for they sometimes get harder to use the faster you go. I ran into one of those devices once where it used water circulation to slow you down as you went faster. But of course, the resistance was less as you went slower. Personally, I would have preferred the darn thing to actually keep a heavy resistance.
So there you have it, the rowing machine. If you are lucky enough have a river near you that can support a rowing habit, more power to you. If not, your local gym will probably have some variation of the device. Just remember this as well. Rowing is great for rehabilitation. Since you are using your whole body in the process, a lot of rehab companies utilize this device to get you back on your feet. Also from a personal note, it is a great device for getting the body moving again. Since my legs have been sore a lot lately, I have tried using this to help get some movement and dexterity back. While I am tired from the exercise, at least my legs seem to be back to normal. Now it is just a matter of maintenance. Either way, if someone ever goads you into using the row machine…take it!!!
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