Rowing Machines Vs. Exercise Bikes

Rowing machines and exercise bikes are both great workout tools, so it’s really hard to go wrong with either one. However, we all have different needs, so here are some things to think about if you’re trying to choose between the two.

Pros and Cons of Exercise Bikes

Exercise bikes are quiet machines and are great for those who like cycling in general, but who want an indoor machine. They are great for apartment use because of their quietness, and are also good for beginners to do cardio exercises.

For those who want to focus on cardio training without stressing out their muscles and joints through strength training, exercise bikes are definitely the better choice.

On the downside, they do not tone parts of your body other than your legs, and do not burn as many calories as a rowing machine. They also run on electricity, which is a disadvantage when compared to rowing machines.

Pros of Rowing Machines

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Rowing machines burn more calories than exercise bikes, due to the fact that they offer a tougher, whole-body workout. They exercise all major muscle groups, while still being easy on the joints. They also run without electricity, which means even a blackout cannot get in the way of your workout.

Good Cardio Workout

By using a rowing machine, you will be working many major muscle groups, which results in an increased heart rate and a really good workout.

You’ll definitely be breaking a sweat in no time when you use this machine. What’s more, you can adjust the resistance of the machine if you want an even harder workout.

Burn Calories Effectively

The rowing machine is one of the best calorie burning machines when compared to all the other exercise machines on the market.

On average, an hour of working out on a rowing machine burns 600 calories. That’s a lot of calories in a short amount of time.

Just six sessions, one hour each on a rowing machine and you’re set to lose a pound if you are eating at maintenance. Now that’s what you call an effective weight loss aid.

Upper and Lower Body Tone

The rowing machine does not only give you a good cardio workout, it works as a great strength training machine as well. The movement of both your arms and legs results in an equally challenging workout for both the upper and lower body, and this of course results in a tougher body overall.

Low Chance of Injury

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While the rowing machine offers a challenging workout, they are quite easy on the joints compared to most other forms of exercises. You also lessen the risk of falling during a vigorous workout, which can be encountered with machines like the treadmill or stationary bike.

However, there are chances of straining your back if you do not maintain proper rowing form. So be sure to start off and keep a good rowing posture when using the rowing machine to prevent hurting your back.

Cons of Rowing Machines

One of the disadvantages of rowing machines is that, since they offer a tough workout, they may not be as suitable for beginners. Also, while most models are quiet enough, they are not as quiet as exercise bikes.

Choosing Between Exercise Bikes and Rowing Machines

It’s really a personal preference as to which machine you should choose. They do share a few qualities in common too, such as being easy to store and coming in at a variety of prices. Both offer a good cardio workout and can be used in any weather since you’ll be exercising indoors.

Whatever your choice, it’s more important that you stick to your exercise regime religiously, and maximize the use of whichever machine you choose.