For anyone doing regular indoor rowing its no surprise just how amazing it is for both cardio and strength training. The benefit of having your own indoor rower outweighs even the financial investment and being able to train in the comfort of your own home is one sure fire way to eliminate the excuses for not getting your 45 minutes every day. One challenge that rowers face is this little thing called boredom. A 60 minute rowing session can get a bit stale.
Although an iPod and maybe the TV can help to spice up your workout, in the end it is the workout itself that needs a bit of sugar and spice. Here are 3 great ways to mix up your workouts.
When you row every day, its easy to fall prey to your own training comfort zones. We tend to get “lazy” and stop pushing ourselves beyond certain limits. By mixing up the intensity at which you train you can break this pattern. Vary your workout between high and low intensities by mixing up the level of resistance against which you row.
How fast can you really go? Most indoor rowing machines have monitors that show you the RPM at which you are rowing. By pushing yourself and maxing your speed you will not only burn more calories but you will step out of this comfort zone. By continuously trying to exceed your own personal records your workouts become much more interesting and a much bigger challenge.
On an indoor rower, your hand positions can make a big difference in the type of muscles you involve. Likewise, your stoke has a major effect on your workout. By mixing up different hand positions and different types of strokes you can create a nice mix.
Obviously you want to mix and match all 3 these components when you try new things on your rower. When it comes to any type of exercise you should guard against reaching a plateau and then getting stuck in your own comfort zones. When your row every day you can easily get “stuck in a rut” and unless you push yourself beyond that your workouts can become stale and boring.
Use these 3 simple ideas to help you move into a new comfort zone that will take your fitness and your workouts to the next level of fitness of strength, endurance and power.