There really is no substitute for this full-body workout. Rowing uses 86% of the bodies muscles while preserving your joints with little to no impact. This is important because when it comes to losing weight, the seated nature of rowing takes the pressure off your joints while providing a superior workout. In addition, you can start slowly and work on your technique before stepping up the pace.
Anyone can row. In fact, the level of fitness rowing caters to is limitless, even if one overweight. The Concept2 indoor rowers accommodate up to 500 pounds. Making it an ideal workout for everybody. And, if you happen to be self-conscious and don’t want to workout in a gym, the rowing machine is an affordable tool you can use to workout in your own home. Most Concept2 rowing machines are fairly quiet and stand up for easy storage.
Experts agree it is best to burn fat using a heart rate program. The use of a heart rate monitor in conjunction with a rowing performance monitor will help you track both your pulse and maintain your training at an optimal rate to keep you in the fat-burning zone.
When it comes to rowing for weight loss there are two categories of workouts.
The first is “steady-state”. This is where you row at a medium pace for an extended period of time. The second category is “high-intensity interval training” also known as (HIIT) where you alternate between intervals of work and rest based on time.
Our philosophy is to incorporate both of these into your workout routine alternating one of each per week. Doing so has two primary benefits. The first is that you are more likely to stay engaged mentally, with each workout being a new challenge. The second benefit is it keeps your muscles confused, forcing adaptation, and preventing lack of progress.
Weight loss comes down to a simple formula: burn more calories than you take in. Results come from hard work and consistency. The full body nature of rowing makes it a huge calorie burner. With just a few minutes a day, you can burn more calories on the indoor rower than you would on a machine that doesn’t engage as many muscle groups or provide the structure a rowing program can. So, why not use rowing to make the full body, lifestyle transformation you know you can?
For more information, make sure to watch our video on rowing for weight loss.
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