The rowing machine—also termed an ergometer or “erg”—has positioned itself once again as one of the best workouts on the market. And not just for cardio purposes, either. “The drive and pull during rowing is the same motion as the deadlift or the beginning of any Olympic lift,” says Ethan Schmidt, founder and trainer at GymBull.com. “Rowing on a Concept2, the industry standard, can really build up the muscle memory required to preserve good form in almost any other weight-lifting regimen.”
Rowing is tough as hell. It targets all your major muscle groups, not just your lower body, and according to Mike Creamer, a personal trainer who owns ERGO rowing studio in New York, it requires a keen focus on form that helps improve coordination and concentration. It’s truly a total-body workout that can improve strength, power, and cardiovascular conditioning.
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