You may be asking yourself why we've started off talking about rowers. Well, that's just because the rowing machine is the stationary version of a rowing boat. As you might have guessed, when you sit on a rowing machine, you row. As an activity, it is also called indoor rowing.
This piece of cardio fitness equipment is a member of the family of ergometers. This is the name given to all stationary exercise equipment that simulates an outdoor activity: running or walking on a treadmill; cycling in all its forms as a cardio fitness exercise; and rowing on a rowing machine.Your muscles, cardiovascular system, lungs and mind all work in the same way as they would if you were performing the activity outdoors, and there's the added advantage of avoiding the rain and cold weather.That's the very reason why the rowing machine was designed in the first place: to allow rowers of all abilities to practise this Olympic discipline all year round.
The newly designed rowing machine replicated rowing so well and was so effective that it quickly became popular and found its way into gyms. Today's rowing machines display information such as distance rowed, calories burned and your heart rate. There are three types of rowing machine systems: central pull (the most popular), Scandinavian pull (vertical motion) and Latin pull (horizontal motion).
So apart from helping Olympic rowers keep on training whatever the weather, what are the other good reasons why you should be using one of these machines?
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