Are you thinking about buying your own rowing machine for your home gym? I bet you are, otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this!
Hi friends! It’s Kathleen and today, I want to talk about our arms.
I think it was Bette Midler who said that after 40, your arms take on a life of their own, and I think she may be right. Which brings us to the question of will a rowing machine tone arms?
If you’re tired of doing the same old arm exercises and seeing very little in the way of results, I can’t say that I blame you.
No one wants flabby arms, but then again, it seems nearly impossible to lose arm fat and tone those arms, isn’t it?
Want to know my little secret? It’s my rowing machine!
You can run on a treadmill day and night, you can do arm-focused exercises and lift weights until the cows come home, but you may not get the results you want.
This is where your rowing machine will come into play.
Want toned arms that don’t look like a bodybuilder’s? Want to have the confidence to wear backless dresses and tank tops?
You can get all that and more just by adding rowing machine workouts into your routine.
Let’s talk turkey about our arms so that we don’t end up looking like one!
Does a Rowing Machine Help Flabby Arms?
Of course, it does! A rowing machine works both the upper and lower body (read more on how rowing works your legs) , and the ratio is about 60 percent legs and 40 percent arms, give or take a few other muscles.
Ladies, if you want arms and shoulders that make you look like you’re in your 20’s- then you want to use rowing machines. I know that arms are a real fitness challenge, probably second only to that spare tire around your waist, but like I’ve told you, the best way to dump that arm fat and get them in shape is by rowing.
Yes! Whether you want to lose weight or maintain your current weight, rowing will tone the entire body in just a few weeks.
The more weight you have to lose, the longer it will take you to see results, but you’ll see them no question about that, you only need to put in the effort and be patient.
There are two reasons why I’m saying that rowing is the best all-around exercise. First, it works both the upper and lower body, and second, it’s a fantastic cardio workout, and you get all these in one routine.
If you think that the benefits of exercise are impressive, wait until you see how easy it is to get all those benefits using a rowing machine for just a few minutes a day.
What Other Parts of the Body Does Rowing Tone?
As I mentioned earlier, rowing is actually about 60 percent leg work, so you can imagine the long, lean looks you’re going to get with a rowing workout routine.
I’ve found that rowing will tone darn near every muscle in the body, including the legs, the arms, your booty, your shoulders, chest, back, and core muscles. You don’t even need a personal trainer to get all that, just jump on that rowing machine and go!
Of course, you need to learn to row correctly, and it’s not difficult with the right video tutorials that will teach you how to do the rowing movement, from the starting position to all four phases of a stroke.
This is what makes a rowing machine the best cardio machine ever created! You don’t have to do a separate set of resistance training or light weights (of course you can if you like, but it isn’t necessary).
Rowing is the only resistance exercise and cardio workout that you will ever need to burn calories and tone all the major muscle groups.
You can always do other sorts of high-intensity workouts if you want to. In fact, your body will respond best if you mix up your routine so that your body never gets used to doing the same workout for the same period of time.
Try some swimming, volleyball, gymnastics, even some of the rock climbing that many gyms offer to help get your arms in the best shape of your life!
Compare the upper and lower body workout you will get with a rowing machine to any other workout, and I bet you will discover what I did- rowing is the best whole-body exercise for toning and weight loss.
Will Rowing Make Your Arms Big?
If by “big” you mean Arnold Schwarzenegger, the answer is no.
If by “big” you mean tight and toned, then yes, it will.
You won’t get really big, bulging arm muscles by rowing, but what you will get are fat loss and muscle toning. Rowing offers terrific arm exercises that will get rid of flabby arms but won’t make you look like a gym rat on steroids.
If you work out with some true intensity, you might find that a rowing machine workout makes your shoulder muscles grow a bit bigger, but your arm muscles should be firm and tight, not huge and round, get my drift?
Take a look at some of those professional rowers. They have fairly large arms, but they do some heavy-duty resistance training. Pay attention to the women on rowing teams. Don’t they have the most beautiful, toned legs and arms? You can get the same thing, just by rowing!
What Else Can I Do to Tone My Upper Body and Lose Arm Fat?
You won’t need to focus on resistance training or weight loss since the endurance training you get with a rowing machine is all you will really need to get those slim, taut arms.
If you want to get the benefits of rowing and strengthen those arms, chest, and biceps, you can always do a more intense workout and really focus on the movement of pulling on the handle as you row.
Since rowing is going to increase your heart rate, you will find that that the number of calories burned is quite substantial. This, combined with the pulling and resistance of the rowing machine, will help you lose fat in the arm area and eliminate that bra bulge that no one wants to see either.
If you are interested in faster weight loss and toned muscles, you can always exercise at a higher intensity to get the body you want in less time.
Can I Use my Rowing Machine Every Day?
Yes, you sure can!
To get the most out of your rowing machine workout routine, it’s a good idea to vary the intensity and the length of time you row so that your body does not become accustomed to the same workout.
You should also give your body one full day of rest each week so that it can build new muscle and repair any damaged tissue.
If you’re a beginner, focus on your form and less on your speed. Your speed will improve as you become more familiar with the routine.
The good news is that all you really need to develop those toned arms is 20-30 minutes each day on your rower, but you can do more if you like.
I believe most people try to get in several 15 or 20-minute sessions 5 days per week.
Final Takeaway on Does Rowing Tone Your Arms?
So, can you get toned arms from rowing – yes, you can.
Do you need to do any special training or workout routine for weight loss or toned arms? Nope. Just 20-30 minutes a day is all you really need.
You will get a full-body workout, experience weight loss, get a more toned body, and build new muscle, all just by using your rowing machine.
Stay healthy and happy, friends. Life is too short for anything else.
Written by Kathleen Langdon – TheHealthPot.com Founder
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
Kathleen, a mother of two, struggled with ongoing weight and health issues. She created this website after she turned her life around. She built Thehealthpot.com to help inspire and motivate others with their fitness goals. Read more about Kathleen here.