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    rowing machine for cardio?

    is rowing machine good for cardio workout? would it have any negative effect on muscle growth?

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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    Hi xtacy,
    Some benefits of rowing machine on our health:
    It improves our lung function,
    It improves your cardiac function and prevent you from heart problems,
    It prevents you from high blood pressure by reducing your blood pressure,
    It makes your bones stronger.




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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    thank you for response. is it good for burning fat?




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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    Rowing machine is one of the few cardio tools I like. It works most muscle groups so it raises the metabolism quite a lot. Directly answering your fat burning question: yes it does, very well.

    The only thing is it isn't the same as a weight bearing cardio exercise, so make sure you are still doing real exercises like squats and deadlifts.


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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chalmers View Post
    It makes your bones stronger.
    how? It doesn't give HIT to bones so how this is possible?


    Strength training is like pushing a button on a elevator. You only need to do the action of pushing the button once in order to gain a response. Pushing it more and more will NOT speed up the process.


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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    Quote Originally Posted by cereal View Post
    how? It doesn't give HIT to bones so how this is possible?
    To some extent it can. Unlike load bearing exercise it doesn't promote bone density to the same extent, but the load through the action can be greater than bodyweight, which is enough to promote bone mass promotion. I forget the exact figure for bone density growth, but maintenance is only around bodyweight.

    Cycling isn't enough, ditto swimming, but running, jumping, and resistance training does promote bone density through increased skeletal loading. HIT? That has nothing to do with anything.




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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280 View Post
    To some extent it can. Unlike load bearing exercise it doesn't promote bone density to the same extent, but the load through the action can be greater than bodyweight, which is enough to promote bone mass promotion. I forget the exact figure for bone density growth, but maintenance is only around bodyweight.

    Cycling isn't enough, ditto swimming, but running, jumping, and resistance training does promote bone density through increased skeletal loading. HIT? That has nothing to do with anything.
    erm.... by HIT I meant that continuoysly shock (HIT )to bones what you get when running, punching bag etc. Rowing doesn't give that continuosly shock.


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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    Quote Originally Posted by cereal View Post
    erm.... by HIT I meant that continuoysly shock (HIT )to bones what you get when running, punching bag etc. Rowing doesn't give that continuosly shock.
    Gotcha. What increases bone density is the load that is borne by the skeletal system, not the shock of impact. The shock is a load, but it can be very negative as it is a peak force, hence knee and back injuries from running, wrist and elbow injuries from boxing.




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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    Tim has it spot on about the bones. yes there will be some bone mineral density improvement, but not the same as a weight bearing movement, especially for strength or power. The acsm has conclusive research for strength training building bone mineralization, but as for aerobic exercise, not much , if any.


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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    I am wondering, would the high-rep pulling of rowing cardio help with back development?




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    Re: rowing machine for cardio?

    It's cardio, so what back development!?






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