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5 Benefits of using a Rowing Machine

You remember those kayaking and rowing boats which your parents used to take you to on holidays? Those weren’t easy to row and required a lot of upper bodies and lower body strength to manage it.

So, next time when you see your parents, remember that they went to a lot of trouble so that you could enjoy in the river or the lake. A rowing machine mimics the actions of a rowing boat and is an upcoming exercise technique which has become a favored sport in many gyms. It can not only help you in losing all the extra fat but also helps in toning your muscles and body.

Rowing Workout

If you’ve been planning to get one yourself, make sure to read reviews before buying your first rowing machine.

That’s not all though, a rowing machine has several other benefits like:

1. Effective for weight loss

A rowing machine has known to be really effective in losing weight as it can burn almost 600 calories in an hour. Yes, you heard us right! You can easily get a rowing machine at home and work out on it every day for half an hour and you will be able to lose your weight in no time at all.

2. Increased muscle power

If losing weight was not enough, then rowing machine offers you another benefit which is that it increases your endurance level and muscle power.

Once you start rowing regularly, you will notice that you are able to sit through a longer workout without feeling any tiredness. This comes really handy for all those athletes who are preparing for their games and need to up their stamina.

3. Easy to learn and use

Another great advantage of using a rowing machine is that it is extremely easy to learn and use. The functions and features which it comes with are super easy to understand and you can use them easily after just 1 minute of following the instructions.

In fact, it actually feels effortless and feels more like you are actually rowing a boat. All you have to pay attention to is your posture, rest is easy-peasy.

4. Low-Impact Cardio

Many people are unable to perform a high-impact cardio exercises like running, cycling, etc. because of their weight or other knee related injuries but rowing is a low-impact cardio exercise which doesn’t apply any added pressure on your joints and provides you with a pain-free and effective workout. Just remember to keep your posture correct and you can forget all about the workout injuries now.

5. Low Cost

This is probably one of the best reasons for using a rowing machine, it is low cost and you can buy it for your home too.

A lot of us are reluctant to hit the gym and perform all the workouts which makes a rowing machine a god in disguise as you can get this beauty at home and exercise at home from now on.

You can find a rowing machine in all the price ranges and can find one which suits your budget so you don’t have to worry about spending too much when you decide to buy one for your home.

Recovery Period

Every event of this sort has a recovery period. Both Marshall and Charlie finished their journeys and we have all started to return to our respective lives. The daily texts and phone calls from the crew and runners have started to dwindle. It seems winter is almost here, and we’re all wondering where Fall went to, knowing that we were just too preoccupied to notice.

Both my producer, Kate, and I have begun the work of completing the film – budgets to go over, footage to review, and the all-consuming task of assembling a film from the 300+ hours of footage we’ve shot over the last 53 days. Thankfully, we have two amazing editors in Julie Snider and Rob Tortoriello of Madhouse Post in New York to help shape the film. A couple days before the finish, Kate told us of a dream she had where her entire body was a map – her veins were roads pulsing and vibrating, her arms were maps of states, she had clearly internalized the entire experience into her being. I had a dream that night where I loaned our two cameras to my college basketball team and entrusted them with completing the film. Wow. This was actually more like a nightmare…

For now, stay tuned for a final weeks wrap-up and more blog posts as we get into post-production. And my biggest thanks to the crew and all of their hard work…

Media Management Superstar, Shooter, Driver,
Assistant Camera, Impersonation Master: Cory Gegner

Director of Photography Extra-Ordinaire, Cat Lover, Pancake Aficionado: Andreas von Scheele

Superlative-Inspiring Sound Man, Spanish to English Translator,
Funk to English Translator, Proponent of the corn chip: Steve Clack

Deserving-of-Cult-Status Performance Driver,
Orienteering Master, Multi-Tasker,
Soon-To-Run-The-Entire-Film-Industry Production Assistant:
Amira Soliman

Tireless where-is-he-now rock-climbing running-down
2nd unit director of photography, special-needs food activist, master
of the Pittsburghese: Rick Baraff

Super-duper double super tireless organizer, mapper,
orientation specialist, information-gatherer, route-explorer, producer:
Kate O’Neil

Honorary crew member, soon-to-be director, master of
the film “frame”: Dr. Paul Longevin

The Crew

Some Random Favorite Moments …

Steve inadvertently drives some cattle.

Interview with Buck by his cabin in the Nevada mountains.

Dogs Across America

Photographing Charlie in Nevada desert…

Interview with Tiny, the Colorado oil-rig trucker. I am on far left and stand 6′6″.

Shooting bottle rockets with Lindsey and Hannah, who were rafting the Mississippi.

A Mom uses our megaphone to call her son from a creek in Colorado, to do an interview with us.

Crossing a fog-shrouded Mississippi river.

Halloween with VQ Orthocare’s Robert Spieler…

A daily event: Where’s Rick? There he is!

Shooting at sunset, almost every day.

Great Days Ahead

Running America 2008 may be over but the goals will live on. My goal of changing America’s attitude towards childhood obesity will continue until the job is done. My personal goal of exploring my physical and emotional limitations will continue. And my goal of breaking the Trans Continental record will live on until I am successful.

Running America 2008 was a complete success on many fronts. We touched thousands of lives as we crossed the country. We visited towns and schools that we will always remember. We saw landscapes and sunrises that are now etched into memory. Running America was never about running for me. It was about having an experience, learning more about myself and interacting with Americans. Running is the selfish part that is necessary for me to forge ahead. Having a goal is critical. Reaching it is not so important. My goal was to set a new record. That didn’t happen this time. Maybe I will reach this goal next year.

Optimism abounds in America right now and I plan to remain optimistic about my chances of breaking this record. I made many mistakes in planning for RA08. The work load leading up to it was overwhelming. I was exhausted even before I started running. Thankfully Marshall was able to benefit and fight thru to the finish. He has run for a very long time and he truly deserved this opportunity.

That’s it for today. I will continue to post blogs here every couple of days, for the time being, I will be announcing my next adventures in the very near future.

As always, thanks to all of you who have tracked this journey and helped me along the way.


Speaking Freely

“As Marshall says, if you can dream it, you can do it. Marshall did it. He finished his run across the country breaking both of the grand masters and masters record. He also says the only limitations are in your mind. Obviously, Marshall limitations are very, very few”

spoken through SpinVox