How Rowing Machine Can Help You Build Abs + A Workout Tip (Video)

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People working out on row machines

You might wonder, how rowing can actually help you build abs.

In this post you’ll learn about:

“how to build abs using a rowing machine” and “some other benefits of rowing

There is no doubt that rowing is a very good full body workout. And when it is said that rowing is a full body workout, it means that rowing can also help in building abdominal muscles.

Rowing is a low impact, high intensity workout and is very effective when weight loss is the prime concern, as while using a rowing machine one can burn about 377 calories in just 30 minutes of workout– for an individual who weigh about 180 to 190 pounds.

But when you look at it to build¬†some abs ( or six pack abs ūüėČ ), it can really help you.

Consider: When Rowing for Abs

There are some factors to consider when you rowing to target any muscle group. From Core, Abdominal to lower body.

  • The body posture is the key to any exercise. If the posture is not maintained well then you may end up with strain in different muscle groups. Similarly, when rowing for abs (Abdominal muscles), sitting posture should be maintained to maximize the results. Here is¬†a video for good posture example.
  • If you are targeting the abdominal muscles, especially for building Abs. Then you need to choose high intensity exercise and not just the simple cardio.
  • Harder workouts have high impacts. The same case is with rowing, when you target abdominal muscles, the harder you row the more you strengthen your core. So, when you rowing for abs- the number of strokes does not matter but what matters is the intensity of your workout. Which means you need to row harder but not too long.

Crunches Versus Rowing for Abs

There is no doubt that crunches are considered to be the best and most cost-effective approach to building abs. And I admit that crunches are the most cost effective exercise for abs building, because for crunches you just need a mat.

Crunch is an isolation exercise whereas rowing is cardio.

#1. Full body workout

Rowing is a full body workout whereas crunches target only the abdominal muscles. Rowing also increase heart rate and engage different muscle groups.

#2. Burn Calories (Lose Weight)

As I already mentioned above, using a rowing machine a man who weigh around 180 to 190 pounds can burn about 377 calories in mere 30 minutes.

#3. Muscle Toning

Rowing is particularly effective in toning different muscle groups (Upper body + Lower body).

#4. Low Impact

Rowing is considered among the lowest impact exercises. Even the injured athletes row to recover from the impact. Low impact means low risk of muscle and joint injuries. (But always a doctor’s advice is recommended).

If you are planning to buy one machine for yourself. Then you should consider give it a look, here I curate a list of best rowing machines that you money can buy. And here is the one that we recommend to anyone from a beginner to an athlete- the Concept2 Model D.

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