The rowing machine is one of the most versatile sports equipment. Unfortunately, for some reason, newcomers know so little about him. We decided to correct this injustice and dispel the five most popular rowing machine myths.
Sports rowing is more efficient
There is a myth that the rowing machine is the same as the original rowing machine. Like, the latter guarantees much more effective results. In fact, the design of the sports equipment completely imitates paddling while sitting in a boat, canoe or other vehicle. Accordingly, the same muscles are involved in the same degree. What's more, for a more realistic rowing experience, some machines are equipped with fans that simulate headwinds.
Trains mainly arms and shoulders
Many beginners, evaluating exercises on the simulator from the outside, believe that only the upper body is being worked out, namely, the arms and shoulders. Yes, these areas are actually heavily involved. But, in addition to them, the chest, abs, buttocks, thighs, calf muscles and others lend themselves to no less load. If you do the exercises correctly, the load will be distributed evenly.
Designed specifically for muscle development
Another popular myth: if you train a lot, you will have a wide back and big arms. At the same time, men perceive this theory with enthusiasm, and for women it is the reason for refusing to exercise on the rowing machine. In fact, the projectile is unusually effective for weight loss - to the same extent as the treadmill. For an hour of training, you can burn about 800-900 calories! At the same time, the load on the joints is much less.
Contraindicated in people with spinal problems
In fact, during the exercises, the load on the body is distributed evenly - accordingly, it will be no more on the back than on other parts of the body. Depending on the severity of the problem, a rowing machine can even become an assistant. For example, with scoliosis, exercises on the projectile are not only allowed, but also recommended: they will help to work out the muscles of the back, which will prevent your spine from sagging over the years, and will also eliminate pain.
Price is a guarantee of quality
Another common myth concerns the purchase of rowing machines. Many buyers believe that the more expensive the product, the higher the level of its quality. Of course, this indicator affects the cost, but it is not decisive.