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If asked to chose what is the best gym machine for cardio, what would our answer be? The answer may surprise some, as this is the most under-used and under-rated in the gym. Many are left with rusting chains while people pound along on the treadmill. It is, of course, the concept 2 rower.
Why? No other machine works more muscles. The more muscles you use the faster you become aerobically challenged. Thus you will get more out of shorter sessions and get fitter more quickly than other gym machines.
The concept 2 also has the huge advantage of being non-weight bearing. This means that the forces on the joints (in particular the knees and hips) are greatly reduced, meaning that there is much less wear and tear and no hard impact on each foot fall. The exercise is smooth and rhythmical.
The rower is also one of the most measurable bits of kit in the gym. It will tell you (through the /500m pace) exactly how much effort you are putting in during any given second. You can’t cheat! . This allows workouts to be very precisely tailored to an individual’s goals and starting level. No other gym machine can work you out exactly below, at, or above your anaerobic threshold with such precision.
Finally they are immediately variable. That is to say you can go from a slow pace to a sprint with no changing, setting or pressing of buttons.
Technique is very important so it’s essential that you get some coaching before you start. We have lost count of the people we see flailing away in a crazy manner. Our personal trainers can get you started and also provide great and varied training programmes to make you fit and lean in no time at all.