Rowing is an extremely efficient form of exercise, notes Harper's Bazaar, as it engages the entire body and elevates the heart without neglecting strength training, while burning more calories than other popular exercises. Rowing machines also help fix problems with posture, encouraging people to sit up straight.
Rowing can also benefit athletes who suffer from injuries, states Active.com. Rowing delivers a powerful cardiovascular workout with an emphasis on strength, while remaining low impact. The motion exercises the legs, core, back and arms when performed correctly, and builds core stability that improves performance in other activities such as running.
Rowing machines can be used by people of any age or fitness ability, according to Breaking Muscle. The machines target all nine major muscle groups: the quads, hamstrings, glutes, lats, core, shoulders, triceps, back and biceps. Rowing can be used either to supplement or replace other activities, and its low impact may be beneficial for people who are overweight or obese. Learning how to use a rowing machine is quick and easy. Indoor rowing classes often encourage a team mentality, teaching people to row in sync with one another to simulate an outdoor rowing feeling. Finally, rowing machines allow people to control the intensity of their workouts, allowing them to scale up as they become more fit.