Drench Health & Fitness
As is the case with nearly all fitness machines, rowing machines have gone through a number of developments over time. These machines are part of current trends in the health and fitness industry. As fitness machines and equipment improve and novel ways of exercising come up, traditional forms of fitness come back into and fade out of view.
Rowing machines are back in, attracting the attention of various types of consumers. The concept is straightforward: you get on the rowing machine and tough it out through half an hour to one hour of workouts designed to simulate the benefits of actually rowing a boat on water.
You might be wondering what makes rowing more effective than other types of exercise. It’s simple: exercising on the rowing machine is tough and it has a number of benefits. In the same way cycling does, rowing is a way for an individual or group of people to participate in inexpensive exercise that is highly rewarding.
What exactly is a rowing machine?
As the name suggests, the rowing machine is built to simulate the exercise done when you row a boat in water. The best rowing machine 2018 should be equipped with monitors for power, speed, distance and the amount of calories you burn.
The design of a number of rowing machines include a long frame resting low on the ground. On the front of the frame is a flywheel with brakes. A strap, chain and rope attach a handle to the flywheel. When using the machine, you pull back the handle toward you in a rowing movement that causes the seat to slide along the frame to and from the flywheel. This allows you to engage various muscles in both your lower and upper body.
Fan-like paddles or fins on each unit make the resistance variable in models that use water or air. The harder you pull the handle toward you, the larger the resulting resistance generated because the paddles or fans have to work against the water or air in order to move.
How do you use the machine?
Think about how Olympic rowers make their boats move through the water using paddles. The rowing motion occurs in about three phases. The first phase is the catch. Your back is relatively upright, hands grip the handle, arms stretch out around and in front of your knees, shoulders are relaxed, and knees are bent.
The second phase is the drive, a powerful movement that would drive a boat forward. In one movement, you stretch out your legs by pushing through the bottom of your feet, engaging your core in order to lever your body backward. With knees straight, you pull the handle toward your chest to continue the backward leverage.
The third phase is the recovery. At the end of the drive phase, your legs are fully stretched, your torso is leaning backward, and your fists are at your chest. You then recover or reset yourself back to the original position in order to repeat the motion.