Rowing Machine FAQ

The rowing machine is one of our most popular items which isn’t surprising due to its numerous benefits. Rowing is great cardio that targets all of your muscle groups and is packed with so many amazing health benefits.

Being so in demand, we have put together the most popular questions asked by our customers below. So, don’t hesitate, dive in and have a read! We hope you’ll find it useful!

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What is the rowing machine good for?

Rowing machine benefits weight loss, full-body muscle toning, an increase in stamina, lowering of blood pressure, strengthens your heart and benefits your mental health and well-being in general. Unlike other equipment, rowing machines are perfect for those that require a low impact workout without beating up your joints.

What muscles does a rowing machine work?

A rowing machine targets all of your major muscle groups including the abs, legs, back, arms and the core. Hence, if you’re struggling to decide what muscle group to work on today, whether it’s leg day, back or arm day jump on a rower and do an all in one workout for your cardio and muscle strength at the same time.

How to properly use a rowing machine

Rowing is such a natural movement, but it’s vital that you get your form right in order to minimise any risk of injury.

Here’re 3 simple steps to follow:

Start Position:you should be sat at the front of the machine with your knees bent at a 90° angle so that your shins are perpendicular to the floor. Your arms and your back should be straight, and your body should be bent slightly forward so that your shoulders pass your hips. 

The Drive:engage your core and push the seat back with your legs until they are straight. Once your legs are fully extended, lean back slightly whilst bending your arms so that your hands come close your body, just below your ribs.

The Recovery:extend your arms until they straighten and then lean your body forward until it is bent so that your shoulders pass your hips. Once you’re in this position, bend your knees so that you move back towards the front of the machine until you return to the start position.

Concept2 rowing machine

How long should you row on a rowing machine?

Here it all depends on your goals. If you’re rowing out for health, we would suggest using a rowing machine between 15-30 minutes per day. If you are rowing for weight loss or sports training, we would suggest doing more.

How to use a rowing machine to lose weight?

When rowing vigorously, you can burn between 600 – 1000+ calories within an hour. Alternatively, you can incorporate HIIT into your rowing routine and do a timed row, such as 30-second bursts, followed by 1-minute resting time. Or, for a complete fat blast you can mix your rowing routine with burpees. 

How to use a rowing machine to build muscle?

– Set your rower for 2,000 meters and begin rowing.

– At the start of every minute (so when the rower hits 1 minute, then 2 minutes, then 3 minutes, and so on), get off the rower and do a weighted hollow rock ladder.

– The first time you get off the rower, do 5 hollow rocks. The second time you get off, do 6; keep adding one hollow rock on every time you get off the rower.

– Aim to finish in 15 to 20 minutes.

Which is the best rowing machine for home use?

So, here’re some stats for you: 67% of UK gym-memberships are unused. Sounds familiar? Are you one of those people who’s paying for your gym membership but probably have forgotten where your gym is located? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! So many professionals and parents have difficulty finding the time to get to the gym or experience anxiety about working out in-front of others. 

Here’s our advice. Get yourself a good rower that will not only work on all your muscle groups but also will last you for years. Consequently, you won’t need to compromise your progress when training at home and have more time to spend with your little ones. No excuses now for skipping your fitness goals in 2020! 

What is the best indoor rowing machine?

We can’t praise Concept2 rowing machines enough. With over 40 years’ experience, Concept2 is a top-quality indoor rower that gives you a great workout in your home gym.

There are 3 different types of Concept2 rowers: Model C, Model D and Model E with a choice of performance monitors including PM3, PM4 and PM5 monitors.

If tracking your performance is key – Concept2 machine is for you.

Browse all of our Concept2 and other rower machines here.

Contact our team today to discuss your ideas and requirements either by email: or call us on: 01455 245720.

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