While I know it is incredibly regal and fancy and all that good stuff, when I say “row” I’m talking about the Concept 2 rower, not those skinny, Ivy League college thing-a-ma-doodle boats. Seriously, who even uses those strange little boats anyway?
The Concept 2 is more popular today than it ever has been, mostly due to the CrossFit epidemic (yes, I said epidemic) that has spread across this great nation of ours.
It seems a prerequisite of having a CrossFit box that one must have a whole slew of Concept 2 rowers to be used during the random WODs that come out of the magic CrossFit hat on a daily basis.
So, we can all say “Thank you!” to CrossFit for increasing exposure to what I think is one of the best tools any gym can have when it comes to sculpting lean bodies and improving cardio fitness.
“So, what’s so magical about the Concept 2 rower?”
Here are the top 5 reasons the Concept 2 rower, and rowing, in general, kicks ass:
1. Rowing is a FULL body workout.
I’m talking about head to toes, baby! You literally use the muscles in your
I think the only thing you don’t use when rowing is your eyebrow muscles unless something surprises you. (Think about it.)
2. The Concept 2 rower never gets easier.
What I mean by that is, the harder you pull on that handle, the harder the workout is.
• It’s kinda like fighting your own evil doppelganger, minus the creepy factor.
• Try that with a silly little 25-pound dumbbell.
• As you get stronger, the dumbbell stays the same weight and, therefore, is easier to lift! Hah!
3. The rowing motion helps to counteract the terrible posture you have the rest of the day.
Most people spend all day hunched forward with their hips flexed, spine flexed and shoulder rolled forward. The power stroke of the rowing motion builds up strength in the exact opposite direction, extending at the hips, through your spine and retracting the shoulders in the end position. In a strange way, it’s almost zen-like to row because it brings balance into your life.
4. There is virtually no other exercise you can do that will burn more calories per minute than rowing.
In a crunch for time?
Get your ass on the rower and smash out a quick 2,000 meters and I promise you that your metabolism will shoot through the roof and you’ll be in fat burning mode for hours afterward. Talk about efficient!
5. It has its own built-in fan!
The faster you row, the more of an awesome breeze you create for yourself! Think of it as a reward for your hard work.
If you haven’t already, give the Concept 2 rower a try on your next workout… it might just be something you want to use more regularly. And if you do, I bet you get more results than ever before!