Wrongfully relegated by many to the fringes of ancient fitness lore, the rowing machine remains a highly effective way to condition your entire body while building endurance and stamina. Besides, who doesn’t want to burn almost 800 calories per hour? (Have you seen House of Cards?) Janelle Sanchez, a personal trainer at the 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport, offers three tips to make the most out of your rowing workout:
- Make sure the rowing machine’s foot straps fit snug.
- Retract your shoulder blades when pulling back.
- Bring arms together, then bend knees, when moving forward.
Janelle recommends a ten-minute row session at 50 percent of your maximum effort if you are new to rowing. More experienced rowers may want to tackle a more challenging routine such as Tabata.
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