When cardio time comes round, generally most folks at the gym look wearily at the treadmill or spin machines and hop on without a second thought.
But a growing number of workout warriors are starting to move to the row machines, and for good reason, according to Dr. Cameron Nichol, a doctor, former Olympic rower, and two-time world silver medalist.
According to a report on Business Insider, Nichol advocates: “As a rowing industry we’ve known for decades that we’re responsible for not communicating how to row well.It’s a really valuable movement, but the problem is we don’t grow up with it, whereas we do running and cycling.”
He proved the value of rowing in a recent experience on Channel 4’s How To Get Fit Fast TV show, which compared the effects of threadmill running versus rowing on a machine.
Basically athletes spent 20 minutes on each, and they compared calorie burn and muscle activation between the two. The result? While the treadmill burnt 350 calories, the rowing activated more muscle groups than running, which matters, as it helps both your upper and lower body, toning your arms and building your back muscles.
Maybe the next time you’ll give the rowing machine a spin?