Don’t Overlook This Classic Gem for Great Workouts

Don’t Overlook This Classic Gem for Great WorkoutsIf it seems like everybody wants the newest device or trendy workout, here’s a reminder to try a classic exercise device that delivers on all fronts: the rowing machine.

  • They’re easy to find and easy to use, providing both cardio and strength training for anyone, including people over 50, 60 and 70. You get muscle work, bone-health benefits, and probably a good sweat while raising your heart rate and increasing oxygen intake.
  • You can adjust most rowers to fit your own fitness level and the intensity you want. Listen to your favorite podcast for a more relaxing pace or go harder with your own motivating soundtrack.
  • They give a low-impact, full-body workout, with extra emphasis on the quads, biceps and – surprisingly – the core.
  • The full-body effort really amps up the number of calories burned, making this a great way to lower your body fat percentage (while building lean muscle).
  • You can row at a steady pace or using high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
  • And you can row for a brief warmup or as the centerpiece of your workout.

Take a moment to learn proper form. Rowing is simple, but you want to be sure you’re doing it right. You can watch a YouTube video or ask one of our staff members for a quick lesson.

There’s a reason why some “classics” never go out of style. We know you know about that!


Holly Kouvo is a personal trainer, functional aging specialist, senior fitness specialist, brain health trainer, writer, and speaker.

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