The rowing machine is a piece of fitness equipment that has its origins in rowing. It was designed by rowers looking to continue training during winter. So you don't row? Don't worry, because the rowing machine was definitely made for you. It offers a near-complete workout, engaging nearly 90% of your body.

Want to find out what your rowing machine can work on?Let's find out together!


In any sport and even in everyday life, the abdominals play a vital role in helping you keep your balance. They help you maintain your posture to avoid suffering injury.

The abdominals comprise several parts. Unlike workout staples such as the crunch, which only works the rectus abdominis, the rowing machine calls on different muscles in the abdominal wall:

Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, the abdominals do a lot to support the body and we need to take care of them to protect against chronic pain.

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There is nothing like a rowing machine for bulking up and toning the whole of your body. Rowing works muscles in the upper and lower parts of the body, right throughout your training session. 

There's no respite with a rowing machine! Unlike the cross trainer, you won't have the chance to rest your arms. But then again, that's why you started working out on a rowing machine in the first place, isn't it?

Let's take a close look at the muscles that rowers use.


The back, shoulders, arms and forearms are all covered.

The movement you make in drawing the handle towards you results in all the muscles in your back contracting:

Similarly, the arms are called on when drawing the handle towards you and when taking it back to the starting point. In the process, the following muscles will contract:

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When you watch someone row you can see how hard the arms are made to work. The legs are not spared either though.

They provide support when it comes to drawing the handle back and returning it to the start position. They support the upper body.

The buttocks and legs help with your balance and gradually develop in shape. The lack of any load means you can work and tone the muscles in them without them bulking up.

Rowing calls on the whole leg:

The glutes
The glutes also have their part to play in the rowing stroke.
The quadriceps
Located at the front of the thighs, the quadriceps use a great deal of energy when your knees bend as you return to your start position.
The hamstrings
The biggest muscles in the lower body. They are in action right the way through the rowing stroke, particularly when you drive your body backwards.


The rowing machine also gives your heart a good workout. It's a piece of fitness equipment that fits firmly into the “cardio” category. It draws on the cardiovascular system. When you row your heart rate and body temperature both increase, making you sweat. As with all cardio activities, you will burn a large number of calories during your session.

Rowing boosts stamina, leading to improved performance in sports requiring intense effort and bursts of speed, such as football, rugby, tennis and other demanding sports such as running, surfing and sailing.

It will improve your breathing (respiratory capacity) and your heart (cardiovascular capacity).

DOMYOS 500 rowing machine

The rowing machine will help strengthen your back, firm up your arms, tone your legs and develop your abdominal wall. On top of all that, the stamina work will improve your breathing and your heart rate. And all that on just one piece of equipment.

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