5 Reasons Rowing is the Greatest Workout EVER

by Allen Gil January 07, 2015

5 Reasons Rowing is the Greatest Workout EVER

You’re a busy guy. You have a full class load, you work a part time job and you have your hands full trying to smash that clown ROBert234 in Call of Duty. What a pain in the ass that guy is!

Anyway, my point is, you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the gym and yet you still want to get in the best shape possible, right? Sadly most people faced with this problem choose to just throw their hands up and not even bother, but that’s not you, is it? Of course not!

That’s why you’re reading this article right now my friend, because you are serious about getting results and you are looking for the solution to your fitness problems.

Boy have I got the answer for you, but I must warn you, while what I am about to share with you WILL get amazing results, it WILL NOT BE EASY! This isn’t going to be fun, frilly or otherwise enjoyable either, but it WILL get you stronger, leaner and in better all-around shape in no time flat which is what I assume you’re looking for. Am I right? Of course I am.

Alright, let’s get to the point and stop beating around the bush. You know that thing over at the far end of the line of cardio equipment at your local gym? That rower thing. You know, the one collecting dust because nobody uses it. Do you know why nobody uses it? Because it will KICK YOUR ASS, that’s why.

Rowing-Machine-At-Gym http://www.brierleyhill.org

I’ve found that most people don’t like getting their ass kicked by an inanimate object out in full view of the public eye, so they tend to stay clear of such tortuous creations. Here’s the problem though brother, if you want results, REAL results, you MUST seek out the most difficult exercises and embrace them wholeheartedly.

Only when you challenge yourself, do you change yourself. Got it?

So, whats so damn special about rowing? Let me drop a little fitness knowledge on you big guy.

1. Rowing is incredibly time efficient

Hey man, I know you have more important things to do than working out (like setting up an ambush for that ROBert234 guy so you can blow his ass to smithereens for what he said about your momma). If you want to burn the maximum number of calories in the shortest time possible, then there is NOTHING that even touches the rower.

In fact, the only thing that comes close is sprinting on the treadmill with a full incline and we all know the only time we’ll catch you running like that is when the cops are after you.

Warm up for a few minutes and then smash out 15 minutes of intervals on the rower and IF you are still alive at the end, crawl to the locker-room and dial 911 so somebody can carry your ass out on a stretcher.

Targeted Muscles

2. Rowing works the ENTIRE body

Talk about a full body workout! There is nothing else you can do in the gym that works as many muscles all at once, so don’t even bother looking around.
"It's probably the best piece of workout equipment in the gym," said Dr. Timothy Hosea of the American College of Sports Medicine. "It's a total fitness machine. Unlike running or elliptical, where you use your legs, you exercise every major muscle group in the body in a smooth, controlled manner."
We are talking calves, glutes, hamstrings, quads, core, back shoulders and arms. I think the only thing you DON’T use on the rower is your pecs, but we all know you do push-ups in your apartment before you go out on a date anyway, so you’ve got those covered already.

3. Nothing improves cardio-respiratory conditioning like rowing

Due to the large volume of muscle used and the rhythmic movement that is inherent with rowing, the overall conditioning benefits that come from rowing are second to none. Obviously you can’t just sit on the thing and read the newspaper (do people do that anymore? Ok, maybe browse through The Drudge Report on your iPhone) and hope for great results, you’re gonna have to put some effort in.

Just like I said above, doing high intensity intervals on the rower will push back your anaerobic threshold and improve your overall VO2 capacity, both of which are fancy ways of saying you won’t get tired so fast next time you play a pick-up game of football with your buddies.

Rowing Machine

4. Rowing will make you burn fat like somebody poured gas on you

Yeah, that sounds like a painful metaphor, but you get the picture. Once again, crushing out a very short but intense session of killer intervals on the rower seems to be the best way to crank up the metabolism and turn your body into a fat burning machine instead of a beer storage tank. Not that you would ever drink too much beer on a Friday night…or Saturday night…or every other night.

5. Rowing improves your posture

Why do you care about this? Because walking around slouching like Quasimodo is NOT hot to any woman, so knock it off would you? Rowing forces you to use the trunk and hip extensors (glutes, hamstrings, erectors of the back) all of which help you to stand and sit up taller thereby looking less like a turd and more like a superhero.

Now if we could just get you to put on some deodorant, all would be right in the world.

Look, there is no such thing as a “magic exercise” that will solve all of your problems, but rowing is about as close as it is going to get my friend. Take 15 minutes out of your day, 3-4 times a week and hop on this killer machine. Your body and future girlfriend(s) will thank me.

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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