The New SR500 Rower

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Have you heard about the newest addition to Sole? The SR500 Rower is a machine that will work your body harder than the majority of other fitness machines. Rowers are a great way to switch up your treadmill workout for more than one reason. Not only does it work different muscle groups, it is also great for people who are recovering from an injury.

Why a Rowing Machine?

Marathon runner Lori Gallon discovered the benefit of a rowing machine when she injured her fibula and the doctor ordered her to refrain from running or jumping for 10 weeks.  Because she had recently qualified for the Boston, she did not want to give up so quickly. She replaced her running routine with rowing. By the time the Boston marathon came around, she was healed and felt prepared to complete it, which she did in 4:20:26.  This goes to show that the rowing machine can be an effective tool for runners. In fact, according to CrossFit endurance coach Brian MacKenzie, “Rowing is an invaluable tool for runners,” because it helps to make runners aware of weaknesses they didn’t know they had.

Weight Loss

It is common knowledge that in order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you ingest. An intense workout on a rowing marching can burn about 377 calories in just 30 minutes for someone who weighs 185 pounds. Many people don’t realize that. So if weight loss is your ultimate goal, the rowing machine can help you to torch the calories faster than most other cardio machines.

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Cardiovascular Benefits

If weight loss isn’t your main goal, don’t rule out the benefits of the rowing machine just yet. A rowing machine is an excellent way to get your blood pumping and offers a number of cardiovascular benefits. If you want a good cardio workout, row at a higher speed and a lower tension. This will allow the aerobic exercise to improve lung, heart, and circulatory health.

Muscle Toning

Almost every major muscle group in your body is used when rowing properly. It works your legs, hips, but, shoulders, back, and arms. Rowers also allow you to avoid putting pressure on your joints. If you want to build muscle, kick up the resistance. The higher the resistance, the faster you will build muscle.

How to Use

According to U.S. Olympic rowing coach Mike Teti, “Rowing machines provide the best total-body workouts of any cardio machine.” There is a common misconception that the rowing machine only works out your upper body, but that is far from the truth. Operation of a rowing machine requires equal effort from both lower and upper body.  To get the most out of your workout, make sure you knees are almost completely straight before you press your shoulder blades together as the handle approaches your sternum. This will allow you maximize your rowing workout and get the results you want.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about the new SR500 Rower from Sole. A rowing machine is a perfect way to kick up your workouts to the next level. Incorporating them into your workout routine can help you to burn fat build muscle like you never have before. Give it a shot, we know you won’t be disappointed!

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