Can I become 'ripped' by simply rowing with a rowing machine?

It depends what you mean by "ripped," and also depends on other personal factors such as your current fitness level, % body fat, metabolism, age, etc.Generally speaking, visible ab / core muscles have more to do with diet than exercise. It's quite common for someone to have excellent muscle development and tone and a

Can I get a good body from only using a rowing machine?

That depends what you mean by a good body. It also depends on your diet and starting point and what you are trying to achieve. A rowing machine is great for improving your cardio fitness and it does work a lot of muscle groups but it doesnt target specific muscle groups in the way that weight training or

Can one lose his belly only by training on a rowing machine?

In order to maximise fat loss from using a rowing machine, there are two main approaches I would suggest you use in combination – HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or LISS (Low Intensity Steady State). Too many people spend time in the middle

How hard does a rowing machine work your muscles?

I'm now three months into rowing, bought myself a WaterRower, it's a beautiful thing.I always felt quite undeveloped in upper body area. I do a lot of walking so I never felt desire for running, but rowing, that seemed perfect to me.After 3

Is rowing strength training or cardio?

Rowing is regarded as one of the more taxing aerobic activities, ranking up there with cross-country skiing. The whole body is used in the effort.However, it would not qualify as

Is upper body cardio like rowing different from running?

As far as developing energy systems, no. It doesn't matter what you do for cardio. However your heart rate zones will be a bit different for rowing (lower because you are seated).Keep in mind though you develop muscular endurance in the muscles you use for the activity. So while rowing will give you

My stomach is bruised from exercise rowing last night. Should I row again today?

If you are bruising yourself rowing, then you are doing it incorrectly. There is literally no movement in any exercise that requires you to strike yourself with something, rowing included. The row finished with the handle paused at the sternum. You don't strike yourself with the handle, you pull back to the sternum.

What areas of the body does a rowing machine work on?

With the standard air or water type, the lower body, and the upper body pulling muscles. The main movement part are the legs, the lower back muscles and the arms. Other stabilizing muscles react accordingly.If you use a two piston hydraulic rower, by reversing the seating position, you can exercise the upper body

What is the best rowing exercise machine?

3 Rowing Machine Workouts for Cardio and StrengthRowing Workout 1: HIIT SprintsIf you're short on time, these high-intensity intervals will give you a quick sweat fix. Improve your strength and explosive power in just 20 minutes (not including warm-up or cool down). You'll burn roughly

What is the best rowing machine for home use?

I have been asked this quite a few times so will share my thoughts below (taken from my blog - Best Rowing Machine). Essentially there are 2 options - Concept2 or WaterRower:Concept2Simply put, the Concept2 is the gold standard of rowing machine for rowing clubs and competitive rowers.

What is the proper way to use the rowing machine?

The rowing machine can be intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it's an effective way to spice up your cardio routine. But while the rowing machine, also called an ergometer, is a calorie buster (about 280 calories in 30 minutes for an 130-pound woman) and

Will using a rowing machine on the highest setting build muscle?

As Onat Cakici said, you can use the rower to build muscle, however it is really important to note that this is only sustainable if you know how to row really well. If you set the damper to 10 and have even small flaws in your technique,

Do rowing machines build muscle?

Rowing will promote the use of muscles, however, whether or not rowing, by itself, is a good strategy for building muscle is questionable.Among aerobic exercises that

Does the gym rowing exercise machine contribute to muscle development? Taking into consideration that this machine has different weight levels, which muscles does it affect?

This depends greatly on which rowing machine you are talking about.  If it is a weight-lifting machine (aka seated row) then it works some of your back muscles (primarily latissimus dorsi and erector spinae) and your elbow flexor muscles (primarily biceps brachii, brachialis, and brachioradialis), and only slightly works

How to get into indoor rowing

First, make sure you have access to a Concept2 indoor rowing machine. Not necessarily a plug for them, but because they're the world standard for indoor rowing machines you'll be starting on the machine that will allow you to progress, move properly, and give you measurable results

How do row at a higher speed on the indoor rowing machine, compared to taller and stronger people?

**Update to my original answer**If you are a lighter/smaller individual you will want to develop more power at lower cadences.To do this 1x a week do a session like this: 2–3 x 10′ : 4′ @ 20 SPM, 3′ @ 22 SPM, 2′ @ 24 SPM, 1′ @

Is indoor rowing a good workout?

Of course, indoor rowing is a good workout. But, as I have referenced before, you have to know how to optimize the machine. Very few health-club staff people understand rowing. So, people just flail away on the machines. Rowing, whether on the water, or on a C2 or equivalent is a high-technique

Is rowing on a machine an effective workout for someone who is obese?

Thanks for the A2A Mandi.I think it is a great workout for someone who is obese, it is the machine I started using at home after a long illness left me obese with 31.5% body fat.Start off slow and steady, and research the

Is rowing on the rowing machines at the gym a better all round work out that swimming?

The short answer is no, neither is better than the other, if only because both workouts are comparable

What are alternative exercises to the cable rowing machine?

Dumbbell reverse flyesWhen performed correctly, this exercise is a great back and rear delt builder that is an effective alternative to the row. It also doesn't require heavy weight to achieve great results. Sit on the edge of a bench and lean as far forward as you can while

What are the best gym/weights exercises for rowing?

You don't need obscure exercises, the basics have worked for years and, unless you have specific issues or goes, more exercises aren't always better. William has it right. Squats, Deadlifts, Presses, Pullups, Rows, and some core work should be universal for a strong, healthy body. Some other considerations for

What can I do to get into good shape and be stronger in a month?

Strength has been called the master capacity by many top coaches because it is the foundational quality that allows the building of all other athletic qualities (power, speed etc.)In one month, it is very possible to make enormous gains in strength and athleticism if you've never trained before.

What is the best rowing machine?

Rowing machines are used for the purpose of making your body slim and to tone up the muscles. There are lots of rowing machines in the market. All of them have multiple features that help the users to build up the muscles, burn the fats and calories and to get an ideal shape of

What would be the effect of rowing 9km on the rowing machine every day?

It depends on how fit you are and what is your age. If you are unfit you will get very tired pretty quick in the following days. But if you keep up working out - you will slowly get to the point where you can row every day. Why would you want to row every day? This is

When learning to row, is there any way to compensate for a muscle imbalance in the strength of an arm? I have wanted to learn to row, but my left arm is so much stronger I am rowing in circles

There are so many different ways to the perfect stroke as there are instructors, trainers and training sessions. Hard to tell what particularely is your problem, but most probably there is a solution as well.Power disbalance is a typical beginner's problem, but it

Which one is superior for training the back, a bent over row or a seated cable row?

Having done them and still do from time to time, I would ditch them and go for chin ups and pull ups. Nothing is more effective than gravity and bodyweight if you want superior results for the back. It's real world strength, functional and one of the true tests of

Which push-pull rowing machine is the best?

The one you leave in the store is the best one.  If you want a push-pull machine, it's not a rowing machine.  If you want a rowing machine, you don't want any resistance on the "push" side of the activity.  The best rowing machines are (in no particular order) the Concept2 indoor

Why do I like rowing?

You like rowing because you're of a rare breed. You have something that sets you apart. You can't put a single word to it but many try. Determination, hard work, commitment, integrity, the list goes on. You chose to persevere through hard times. You weren't naturally gifted, your team wasn't on a trajectory set for victory,

Can I become 'ripped' by simply rowing with a rowing machine?

It depends what you mean by "ripped," and also depends on other personal factors such as your current fitness level, % body fat, metabolism, age, etc.Generally speaking, visible ab / core muscles have more to do with diet

Can one lose his belly only by training on a rowing machine?

In order to maximise fat loss from using a rowing machine, there are two main approaches I would suggest you use in combination – HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or LISS (Low Intensity Steady State). Too many people spend time in the middle of these two, and are not optimising their training for long term results.HIIT allows you

Can one train and muscle his back well and safely by using a rowing machine?

It's not at all efficient to do so, but you can.  You must be careful with how you use the rowing machine--I presume you are not an experienced rower if you're asking this question, so you should enlist the help of someone who is if you're going to pursue this.  Remember that

Do you prefer treadmills or rowing machines?

My fitness goals include strength and athleticism. So, from a perspective of someone with this focus, let's consider which would be better, the row machine or running?Let's consider what is required to build muscle...resistance, and intensity!There are two types of running: Distance Running, and Sprinting. Yes, of course

How to use a rowing machine

For all that is holy, learn to use a rowing machine by learning the motion of rowing first. From a coach. From a rowing* coach. By learning how to row. Then go to the machine.Elliott Gao has a decent description of the motion, but beware: even though he goes through

How hard does a rowing machine work your muscles?

I'm now three months into rowing, bought myself a WaterRower, it's a beautiful thing.I always felt quite undeveloped in upper body area. I do a lot of walking so I never felt desire for running, but rowing, that seemed perfect to

How long should I spend on a rowing machine when I'm just starting a new training rowing program?

See below for a snippet from my blog post ‘So you have just bought a rowing machine... now what?'First of all – congratulations on your purchase of what in my opinion is the greatest piece of cardio equipment a person can own!Now you are wondering where to start.. In the early days I would

I don't really get a good workout on the rower, what am I doing wrong?

Go to YouTube and learn how to perform the rowing action. No one can tell you what you did wrong without seeing you in action.On my hydraulic rower, I reached 120 bpm (80% of my max) within 3 minutes and just slowed down the stroke rate while maintaining around

If you could only have one fitness/exercise machine, would it be a rowing machine, cycling machine, or something else?

Something else.More to the point, there is never one machine, or one tool, or one piece of equipment that solves all problems. Everything has pluses and minuses.The body likes a certain degree of variety.I've seen too many people get locked into one movement pattern (running, rowing, cycling, whatever...)

What are good performance metrics on a gym rowing machine? What is a good time to complete a 2,000m or a 5,000m row?

This depends on the brand of rowing machine you're using.  Given the Concept2 brand rowing machine is the most common one in American gyms, I'll assume you're using a C2.World and American records for various distances and times are available on the Concept2 website. You can go

What are some good exercises for a rowing machine?

Quite simply - if you want to develop arm and back strength (it is your lats that are the key muscle in a pull up) then you would want to focus on this to build that muscle. However, at 13 I would avoid heavy weights but finding ways to just practice pull ups would see them

What are the benefits of a rowing machine compared to other cardio machines?

Most cardio machines are just for cardiovascular exercise, not strength. The rowing machine, other than the cardiovascular part, mirrors the squat, upper part of the deadlift and the pull up. All in one machine. Due to the use of most of the muscles, you build up heart rate fastest of all. The recovery phase, if you slow it down,

What are the benefits of the rowing machine? What muscles does it use? Will it help toning up?

Once you're fitness is high enough rowing machines can torch calories. The movement on a rower is similar to a dead lift. It's a pressing hinge movement with the hips and legs, and then you have a short bursting pull with your arms to the chest. At the back of the row, your abdominals are activated when

What are the benefits of using a rowing machine?

ROWING IS A GREAT WARM-UPNo matter what kind of workout you're going to do, rowing to warm up is a smart choice. Benefit number one: Rowing really gets my blood flowing before a run. Benefit number two: It's good before a

What areas of the body does a rowing machine work on?

With the standard air or water type, the lower body, and the upper body pulling muscles. The main movement part are the legs, the lower back muscles and the arms. Other stabilizing muscles react accordingly.If you use a two piston hydraulic rower, by reversing the seating position, you can exercise the upper body pushing muscle groups.There is

What can be done to minimize the knee injuries that can result from rowing or using rowing machines?

When rowing on the water or on a machine in the gym, try to limit knee flexion, or how "much" you bend your knee as you come forward to the starting position of a stroke (called the "catch" in rowing terminology).  Most rowing coaches will have their rowers stop forward motion when their shins reach vertical.  Some go

What is a 'good' 500m time on a rowing machine and what are the best ways to improve 500m times?

HiIt really depends on your age, body weight and general fitness.Also if you just row 500 mt as singke distance or as a pace iver a konger distance.Let me give you some examplesA 20–25 year old of 95kg well trained can do500max 1:19 or belowOver 2000 mt the 500 mt avg would

What is the best rowing exercise machine?

The Concept2 is the de-facto ergometer world-wide if you want to compete on rowing machines (indoor rowing competitions) and/or compare your scores to a very large history of world and national records (let alone unofficial records at your local rowing club).That said, there's nothing wrong with

What is the best rowing machine for a back workout?

There is lots of rowing machine in the local market.Before buy a rowing machine you should know about rowing machine benefits.One of the rowing machine's claims to fame is it's fantastic for working out your whole body.Your upper and lower body are required to complete a

What is the best rowing machine for an in-home gym that's less than $1,000?

*Disclaimer I work with Concept2 as a Master Instructor and have worked with all kinds of rowing machines in my work coaching indoor rowing. Hands down, Concept2. They're the most popular amongst rowers (a good sign), their parts are the most inexpensive and easiest to get

What is the best rowing machine for home use?

I have been asked this quite a few times so will share my thoughts below (taken from my blog - Best Rowing Machine). Essentially there are 2 options - Concept2 or WaterRower:Concept2Simply put, the Concept2 is the gold standard of rowing machine for rowing clubs and competitive rowers. All official

What is the best rowing machine training program?

A great non-weight-bearing exercise machine, an athletics machine uses each your upper- and lower-body muscles to extend vas learning. Since your exploitation your entire body, targeted muscle soreness is unlikely you'll additional probably feel the soreness everywhere as you train your

What is the proper way to use the rowing machine?

The rowing machine can be intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it's an effective way to spice up your cardio routine. But while the rowing machine, also called an ergometer, is a calorie buster (about 280 calories in 30 minutes for an 130-pound woman) and a good leg and core workout, improper form can lead to

What muscles are used when rowing?

MOSTLY THESE MUSCLES ARE INVOLVED :Leg MusclesA rowing stroke starts with a powerful leg push -- called the catch in rowing terminology. Extending your knees and hips uses some of the largest muscles in your body, namely your quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteus maximus, which are located on the front of your

What should a beginner know before rowing?

Are you rowing at the club level? If so, you don't have to know anything. If your coaching staff is any good, they will teach you everything technically you need to know. You will quickly learn after a few hard workouts if rowing is right for you. The only real key to sucess in rowing is

Why are indoor rowing machines less common that treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes?

I'd say the main reason is people don't know how to row well enough to effectively get a good workout from them.  In contrast, everyone knows how to walk or run on a treadmill, and virtually everyone knows how to turn the pedals of a

Why do the sides of my shins hurt while using the rowing machine?

It's unaccustomed muscle usage. Nothing to worry about, just build up your training gradually so you acquire strength. Then you won't feel the muscles working as they will already be strong.While these muscles hurt, DO go and get some osteopathy / physiotherapy rehabilitation. Go and see a sports specialist, preferably someone who has a track record

Why might your oblique abdominal muscles be really sore after using the rowing machine or the seated row machine?

The row machine actually does engage your core. So if you don't usually target your obliques in other exercises, they will be sore.It is like doing push ups and the next day your arms are really sore. The push up mainly targets your chest, but it also engages your arm muscles. So if your arms