There is a long list of brands of rowing machines for sale. They are even categorized into types of resistance systems, namely: hydraulic, air, water, and magnetic. As more and more people discover how rowing machines dramatically improve cardiovascular health, stamina, and muscle strength, many are also deciding to invest in them. Are you also in the market fora rowing machine for sale? Before you go shopping, it’s important to understand how to safely use it first. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide.

Starting Position

  1. Set the resistance to ‘low’ if you’re a beginner and are still developing a proper form. Once you get the hang of rowing, slowly increase the resistance.
  2. Get your feet locked in on the pads, strapping them tight enough to ensure they are secure while you move.
  1. Make sure that your knees are bent when you are on the top of the machine. Then, reach for the handles.
  1. Use your legs to push yourself off the footplate, pulling the handle with you to the end of the machine. You should feel the tension in your hamstrings as you do this. When pulling the handle, lean back slightly. Your legs should be extended but your knees still slightly bent. This should be your position when starting and ending a complete full stroke.

Catch

  1. Extend out your arms, then slightly lean your upper body forward, making sure that your back stays straight rather than slumped.
  1. Bend your legs to slide forward, back to the top of the machine. Your arms are still fully extended but this time, your legs are bent. This position is called the catch.

Drive

  1. Slide back to the ending position of the stroke by pushing yourself again using your leg muscles. Make sure to lean back slightly before going back to the catch position. Continue practicing this at low resistance until your body gets familiar with the movement.