What is rowing machine?
The rowing machine is a kind of gym equipment which action resembles that of rowing the boat.
The history of rowing machine
In 1872, the first rowing machine in the United States was patented. This rowing machine included a flywheel and ratchet system. Although this machine is very different from today’s rowing machines, this machine is actually the basis of the machines used by amateurs and athletes today. The unique flywheel design is still in use today.
Starting in the 1900s, commercial rowing machines began to be sold on campus. This was because rowing competitions were held between universities and students needed to train on rowing machines to perform better in the competition.
In the early 1980s, rowing machines really began to be seen as a viable training option. With the design becoming lighter, the rowing machine is now in a position where it can be easily transported to the end-user. This is also the era when air resistance technology has completely changed the rowing machine. At the same time, an Australian company launched the first adjustable resistance indoor rowing machine. This indoor rowing machine combines air resistance with a flywheel design. This makes the rowing machine first produced in the early 1980s and has become the popular choice in the gymnasium and family.
The 1990s was a revolutionary period for fitness equipment. Rowing machines are part of the digital revolution. During this period, people produced some aerodynamic solutions, but they were not completely popular. They are far from the actual water rowing experience.
Nowadays, rowing machines have become reliable and powerful, and are welcomed by more and more customers. People use rowing machines for full-body exercise. It can be said that rowing machines have become one of the best choices for sports and fitness.
The effect of rowing machine on the body
The rowing machine can provide you with a complete whole-body exercise. People can exercise 84% of the muscles of the whole body by using the rowing machine and at the same time effectively promote cardiovascular health. Using a rowing machine can make your heart rate reach the highest level because the rowing machine can burn calories, build muscle and burn fat so that you have strong and lean abdominal muscles. The use of a rowing machine is different from other exercises. The use of a rowing machine has little effect on the joints, so the rowing machine is very suitable for the elderly or anyone who does not like to put too much pressure on the joints.
The tips when you using the rowing machine
- Please do not hold the handle of the rowing machine hard. You need to maintain sufficient grip to avoid losing the handle, but don’t over-grasp the handle to avoid sore forearms, abrasion of hands, and tears in your palms.
- Please do not shoot your butt back first. Please keep core engaged throughout the stroke. The angle of the back should not change as a drive with legs. In other words, your handle should travel in sync with the seat for the initial leg drive portion of the stroke.
- Please do not pull your shoulders up into your ears as you drive back in the stroke. You should imagine you are pulling your shoulder blades together behind you.
- Hinge at the hips and keep good posture. Lift your chest up. Please do not let your lower back or shoulders collapse. Keep relaxed with good posture.