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Is a rowing machine the best thing i need?

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Id like to get fit, not muscley, just fit. Im not over weight at all but my new jobs involves sitting for long periods where by my previous job i had a lot of activity so now need something to balance… Read More
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Id like to get fit, not muscley, just fit. Im not over weight at all but my new jobs involves sitting for long periods where by my previous job i had a lot of activity so now need something to balance it out. I guess im planning for the weight gain in advance!

I thought about a running machine but that would only do the legs, then someone said a rowing machine is a good all rounder......is this true?

Any advice would be nice and also the best makes, thing to look out for!

Many Thanks
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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1 Like #1
Rowing is good, but they are expensive piece of kit, the Concept 2 is one of the best things on the market.

before you buy it, think about how much you will be using it, I know alot of people with exercise bikes, tredmills etc and they never use them after a month, they cost a lot of money too.

alternative:

Get a good pair of running shoes, and run about a local park, good to get out and your in the outdoors.
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black gerbil1
Rowing is good, but they are expensive piece of kit, the Concept 2 is one of the best things on the market.

before you buy it, think about how much you will be using it, I know alot of people with exercise bikes, tredmills etc and they never use them after a month, they cost a lot of money too.

alternative:

Get a good pair of running shoes, and run about a local park, good to get out and your in the outdoors.


Well my thoery is if i join a gym itll cost me £50 a month average, so in 6 months i could have purchased a decent rowing machine to use whenever i want.

I do cycle twice a week - but running i just cant do, i find it to slow.....weird i know!
#3
check out the argos catalogue it tells you the primary, secondary and light workout areas each type of equipment will work out, page 1010 for rowing machines
#4
ThePasty
Well my thoery is if i join a gym itll cost me £50 a month average, so in 6 months i could have purchased a decent rowing machine to use whenever i want.

I do cycle twice a week - but running i just cant do, i find it to slow.....weird i know!


fair enough, I hate running too, but I need it for the sports I do.

rowing is really good, gets you tired fairly quickly and hurts your biceps, back, glutes. a Strider is another good piece of kit, depending on which one you buy.

Problem I find with these types of kit is were do you put them, you will get hot and sweaty so you don't really want it in the living room or something.
#5
Join a local team.....football, hockey etc

Can you walk to work ?
#6
choc1969
Join a local team.....football, hockey etc

Can you walk to work ?


Yeah i am in a local team, walking to work is a no no, id have to leave about 2 hours before im due to start! Thanks anyway!
#7
i love gym work out classes....go with a friend after work or something.... sometimes u can pay just for the classes.

agree with bg1...treadmill is in living room collecting dust...no fun working out in living room!
#8
magicbeans
i love gym work out classes....go with a friend after work or something.... sometimes u can pay just for the classes.

agree with bg1...treadmill is in living room collecting dust...no fun working out in living room!

give me ur msn add.

kthx
#9
i love rowing its my fav cardio work out. Looking in to boxing ive always wanted to take it up for fitness
#10
if you run, you need a good pair of shoes £80.

if you buy a rowing machine, get it from ebay second hand. and when you are fed up sell it on ebay, you won't loose much money, much cheaper than running.

and you can row watching the tv!!!!
banned#11
get wii fit if you have a wii.

used regularly it does work!
1 Like #12
blackpeppa
if you run, you need a good pair of shoes £80.


how much you 'need' to spend on runners is dependent on various things;

# your foot strike
# the state of your joints (not your doobies)
# mileage
# what you run on

etc. the list goes on
1 Like #13
Doesn't really matter what you get, rowing machine, running machine, bike etc....

Main thing is to get your diet right. Even doing that, you can loose weight. Put your body in a calorie deficit and it will use stored energy (mainly fats.. depending on your activity) to fuel your body.

Look at your diet now. If your eating say, 3000 calories a day at the moment, cut that down to about 2000 a day. (at first, 2,500 for a few days, then 2,000... then after a week or so even less. Don't go under around 1,600ish though really). Over one week, thats a deficit of 7000 calories. Add say 30 mins exercise a day, burning about 200-250 calories, thats around 1400 extra calories your body is using.

-8,500 a week, you will be on track for loosing 1-2lb a week, maybe more at first but it will slow down.

Just remember, your body is always burning calories and using energy to keep itself going - so just by giving your body less energy that it's used too will mean that it will have to look for stored energy (carbs stored in muscles, carbs stored as fat, fat - in that order really) to make you move and the body keep going!

As for exercise, if your not used to any simply do anything!!.... I would REALLY recommend going for a 30 minute or so power type walk BEFORE your breakfast. Don't go too fast though or do not RUN or JOG, as the more intense the exercise your body will burn energy which is easily and fast available - ie. proteins in muscle after carbs are gone. ONLY by going at a steady pace will you loose body fat. Stored fat needs to be broken down by the body, and then stored in the muscle for use to be burnt and used. A too intense a exercise will mean you will just burn muscle - not fat. You will loose weight by doing that - muscle though... not fat.

As for your diet, simple really. Keep clean and fresh. Lean meats, plenty of Veg etc. There are plenty of stuff avilable for diets on the net, just take a look about but remember, mainly thing is calories in really.

Drink plenty of water!! Especially after or around exercise. Water helps break down fats, obviously keeps you hydrated and cleans your system.

Hope all this info helps.

This is coming from a man who lost around 5 stone of fat, and has recently built up muscle wise too so i do know it works! Feel free to PM me for any questions or advice too mate.

Good luck.
1 Like #14
If you're looking for home gym, I would highly recommend a rowing machine, which you can then sell on Ebay if you don't use often but this exercises practically all your muscles but saying this, I don't tend to use it much at the gym because I'll use every machine in there and then do some free weights, as I worked out for 2 1/2 hours last night and was knackered.

I would strongly advise joining a gym with a friend, as there's loads of machines, dozens of classes and if you need to wind down, you could use the spa area, which is perfect to relax your muscles after a workout.

If you really don't want to join a gym, then I would suggest buying The Lateral Thigh trainer and some very light weights.
This is a lateral stepper which tones every part of your legs, bum, stomach, sides and if you use light weights too, it will also work out your upper body.
I used to sell these a few years ago for around £70 on Ebay but they're a lot cheaper now (around half that price) and it really is an excellent machine and I have one myself.

http://www.boscovs.com/wcsstore/boscovs/images/store/product/images/454457989ltt.jpg

The rowing machine will give you a good workout for all your muscles too but it can be more tiring.

Changing your diet will also be crucial, you should try to eat more fruit, veg, pasta, rice and fish and have 6 meals a day (normal size breakfast, lunch and dinner and 3 inbetween snacks such as fruits and natural yoghurt inbetween) which increases your metabolism (can't spell that)

Hope that helps. :)

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