Great for low-impact, high-intensity workouts.
The use of rowing machines at health clubs has consistently increased over the last decade largely because they provide a great high-intensity, low-impact workout. They are great for high-intensity cardiovascular exercise and will get those calories burning while causing low joint stress. Rowing machines are a versatile cardio tool that is ideal for individual workouts, group exercise, and as additions to a small group training area.
There are four main stages of the rowing technique. The Catch, Drive, Finish, and Recovery. Whether you are in an actual boat or on a rower, it helps to imagine the hydrodynamics involved in rowing. Power is delivered during the “catch” phase when the oar hits the water, and the body in the most compact position is ready to explode with controlled power. This portion of the movement is what actually moves the boat on the water. Maximum power is delivered in the first half of the movement while the second half controls the of power with the maintenance of technique.