According to Angus, the rowing machine shines when it comes to efficiency. “I prefer it to exercise bikes and treadmills as it is a full-body movement,” he explains. “If you are looking to get fitter, stronger or burn more calories, then I would recommend rowing.”
When performed correctly, the motion of rowing engages your entire body. Angus breaks it down for us: “The pressing action engages the quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Then, as you complete the ‘pull’ you’ll use your lats, erector spinae (lower back), rhomboids and traps. The final ‘stroke’ includes biceps, triceps, deltoid – as well as a little work from the pecs. Plus, you’ll be using your core to coordinate the whole movement.”
It’s the scope of this exercise that makes the rower such a versatile piece of equipment. In fact, as Angus points out, rowing is among the top sports when it comes to engaging the widest array of muscles (alongside swimming and cross-country skiing).