Video Tutorial Showing How To Use A Rowing Machine.

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The rowing machine is one of the best pieces of cardio equipment at the gym. While most cardio machines just focus on working your lower body, rowing is a total body workout that uses virtually every major muscle group in your body.

Rowing is a low impact workout, it’s not hard on your knees and ankles like running. But it can still be a very challenging workout because you can adjust resistance to increase the rate at which you burn calories and work your muscles. With light resistance you can make it an easy low intensity cardio workout. Or with heavy resistance you can make it a full on high intensity anaerobic muscle pumping workout.

In this video you’re going to learn proper technique for using the indoor rowing machine at the gym. We’ll discuss the right way to row along with some of the most common mistakes that novice rowers make.

While this video is geared towards using a rowing machine in the gym, a lot of what’s covered here will also apply to real rowing on the water as well. But obviously there will be some differences with your tempo and stroke technique when rowing a boat, vs. using a concept2 rowing machine.

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback about this video – please post them in the comments section below and I’ll chat with you there.

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  1. what about proper breathing when  rowing …..u never mention……do we breath out when pulling or breath in or it doesn't matter

  2. I will have to pay attention next time I'm using the row machine to make sure I'm doing it right. I usually hop on the row machine during high volume hour at the gym. No one uses them and everyone takes up the other cardio machines. I like how you can set different workouts on it. I will just have to be mindful of my posture and make sure to row to the upper ab area. Thanks again Lee!

  3. Mr. Hayward,
    Is it possible to do a full 12 week program with only dumbbells? I have been watching your dumbbell workout videos but I cant figure it out, for example, types of exercises, number of sets, and how often…Please Help and thank you for all that you do!

  4. You use the machine just like I do. Glad I'm not the only one !! The amount of people I see everytime I goto the gym who cant do it right is amazing !

  5. It was a useful tip how to use correctly the rowing machine also I learned rowing machine is better than the trendmill machine.

  6. Actually the proper order is legs, body, arms – arms, body, legs. However, this is a really good video.

  7. I would love it if you did these types of videos for other pieces of gym equipment. Like the cable machines, Smith machine, etc.

  8. what about other rowing machines… that have handles almost as if you were actually rowing…. what can you say about them? which is better? I purchased the Stamina BodyTrac Glider 1060 off amazon… which in your opinion is better the one u used in this video or the Glider 1060?
    thanks Lee..

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