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TheNext+: Rowing into a New Routine

Robert Harper, BS, HFS

For many people the idea of getting into better shape can seem daunting, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Setting a short term, realistic goal is a great way to start your fitness journey.

Spring is finally here and as it warms up more and more people can be seen running, an easy realist goal to keep you motivated could be to participate in a 5K race.

While running is one of the most common forms of exercise, it can seem intimidating or mundane. There are those who would much rather lift weights than run and those who would only run if being chased. Running is a great form of exercise and has a lot of benefits for your body and overall health.

Running around a track or outside is the obvious choice for those preparing for a 5K there is another option to help break up your work out and still reach your goal – a rowing machine.

The fitness floor has two new rowing machines which offer many of the same benefits as running.

“It is a great aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up and helps you gain lung capacity,” says Robert Harper, BS, HFS, who is a personal trainer and Lead Fitness Specialist at Fitness Plus. “It is also lower impact than running, while helping you gain power at the same time.”

Rowing machines are an excellent way to prepare for a run, they work the core and back and to spice up your routine, according to Harper.

Understandably, people might not know exactly how to use the machine and employ good form while doing so. Harper performed the exercise and offered some advice on the subject.

“It is important to have good posture, keep your shoulders back as you pull and start slowly,” says Harper. “You get out what you put in, so the faster you go with the machine, the more strenuous the workout will be.”

When starting a new type of exercise, such as a rowing machine, it is a good idea to proceed with caution, and ease into it.

“If you are just getting started with a rowing machine, it is going to hit muscles that don’t normally get worked by running,” says Harper. “Start slowly, try it out and see how you feel after.”

Harper also advises setting small goals along the way as a way to stay motivated.

“Short-term goals are very important on any fitness journey. Setting small benchmarks will help a person taste success and keep them pushing forward,” says Harper. “On a row machine start with 2 minutes and work your way up.”

Not sure where to start on your fitness journey? Our Fitness Specialist are ready to help find the best workout for you and your goals. Please feel free to talk with them and schedule a free fitness assessment

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