At peak hours, it seems like all of the treadmills are taken, but those two rowing machines? Not a soul in sight. That's good news because you can still get one hell of a full-body cardio workout, get your heart racing and treat your joints better than you would on a treadmill. Here's how.
If you're not very coordinated, learning to row is your Everest. You need a bit of a rhythm to really get it. The video from Sarah Fit and professional rower Josh Crosby explains that you need to remember three things:
- Order: While grasping the handle and leaning forward slightly, push with your legs, lean back with your core muscles engaged and pull the handle toward your sternum as your legs fully extend. On the return, the reverse happens: Lead with the arms, lean forward and knees bend. The tricky part is making this all be one fluid motion.
- Power: Most of your power comes from pushing off your legs, rather than from pulling with your arms.
- Timing: The movement is not quite exploding out and snapping back in like a rubberband. It's pushing out, then resisting the momentum and staying in control the entire time.
Don't be surprised to find that you can barely endure more than a couple minutes. It will get easier with time and as you hone your technique. Check out the video for details.
Rowing Machine Workout and Proper Form [Sarah Fit]