StairMaster – HIIT Rower – Rowing Machine – Product Description
The new StairMaster HIIT Rower Rowing Machine by Core Health & Fitness is the newest member of the StairMaster HIIT family of products featuring the HIITMill X, HIITMill, HIIT Bike, HIIT UBE and BoxMaster. This family of HIIT products builds the foundation for HIIT training in any facility and is powered by the StairMaster HIIT Training Staff Certification which empowers your staff to deliver revenue generating, exciting high intensity interval training programs to your clients.
- Isokinetic fan resistance offers unlimited workout options, while fan dampening system allows for increased or decreased workloads at a given stroke rate
- Console features traditional rowing metrics and quick set programming for HIIT routines when bundled with other StairMaster HIIT products featuring this consoles
- Water bottle and accessory holder located under foot plates for safe storage
- Easy storage while not in use with vertical position or by disconnecting at center point
- User weight 500 lbs as tested by CORE / 350 lbs as tested per EN 20957-7
- Power two C cell batteries or an optional external power supply can be ordered
- User Console StairMaster HIIT console
- Drive Train Nickel plated steel chain
- Construction Aluminum and Steel
- Electrostatic Powder Coating for long lasting durability
- Warranty: 10 year structural frame / 2 years parts / 1 year labor
- Length: 96 in (244 cm)
- Width: 26.5 in (68 cm)
- Height: 43 in (109 cm)
- Product Weight: 66 lbs (30 kg)
Benefits of working out with a Rowing Machine
1. It’s a total body workout
It’s a common misconception that rowing only works the arms. In reality, rowing is a full-body workout that uses 86 percent of the muscles. According to the American Fitness Professionals Association (AFPA), the rowing stroke is comprised of 65 to 75 percent leg work and 25 to 35 percent upper body work. The major muscle groups it targets are the:
- upper back
- abdominal muscles
But Rowing Machines are also known to strengthen the leg muscles, including the:
- The leg muscles are primarily engaged during the drive part of the stroke, or when pushing off the foot stretcher.
2. It’s good for people of all fitness levels to try
As long as you have access to an ergometer, you can add rowing to your exercise routine.
This exercise has also been deemed safe for people with low vision and those who are blind.
A 2015 study including 24 people with low vision found that rowing 5 days a week for 6 weeks led to a significant decrease in fat mass and total body fat percent. Additionally, the participants lowered their cholesterol levels, and their back strength and trunk flexion increased significantly.
3. It’s low-impact
Rowing burns serious calories without putting added stress on your joints. It allows you to control the movement and pace, and is a great exercise to turn to for active recovery. It’s sometimes recommended as an exercise option for people with early stages of osteoarthritis. A 2014 study of 24 people over 8 weeks found that joint torques, or rotations, in the elbow, shoulder, lumbar, and knee improved by 30 percent. The same can’t be said for high-impact exercises, such as running or plyometrics.
4. It can be meditative
There’s a mind-body connection with rowing. While you might find the most calming benefits by rowing outside on the water, you can still achieve some level of this indoors. This comes from the smooth, gliding motion you can create on the ergometer, and the repetitive movements that allow the mind to go on autopilot. This involves the four phases of the row stroke, which includes the:
- Rowing also releases endorphins, which are those feel-good hormones that reduce stress.
5. It’s great for the heart and lungs
As a cardio exercise, rowing strengthens the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart, blood vessels, and blood. It’s responsible for transporting important materials, such as nutrients and oxygen, throughout the body.
Since rowing is such an intense workout, the heart has to work hard to transport more blood to the body. This can improve heart strength.
This may be beneficial for those who have or could be at risk of heart problems.
6. It’s a great alternative to the treadmill or elliptical
When it comes to exercise machines at the gym, you may overlook the rowing machine at first. However, this may quickly diminish once you compare it to different exercise machines, such as the treadmill and the elliptical. For example, the treadmill focuses mainly on the lower body, while the ergometer provides a full-body workout. While the rowing machine and elliptical both work the upper and lower half of the body, the rowing machine also works the abs with each stroke.
There are other important differences to note as well, especially when it comes to owning a machine. Since a rowing machine can be folded up, you can stow it away when you’re not using it. This is a real benefit for those living in tiny spaces. Also, if you live in a condo or apartment where people are below you, a rowing machine is much quieter than a treadmill. Rowing machines also tend to be more affordable than treadmills.