Are you looking to change things up in your fitness facility? Are you ready to finally buy into one of the biggest fitness trends of 2019? High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has continued to steadily increase in popularity over the last several years. With New Year’s resolution season right around the corner, now is the time to incorporate a rower into your HIIT space. Help your members start the new year off on the right and healthy foot!

Most people associate HIIT training with rowing, running and burpees – lots of burpees. This is an accurate association, as these are some of the main elements used in HIIT training. Rowing for sport has been around for centuries, dating back to 1700’s England with the Oxford-Cambridge University boat race. In today’s modern society, rowing continues to be a leading form of exercise amongst all types of fitness enthusiasts and is a main event in the annual CrossFit Games.

“HIIT training aims to maximize the body’s metabolic response in a short amount of time,” said David Parkinson, Director of HIIT Products for Core Health & Fitness. “The StairMaster HIIT Rower is the perfect tool for eliciting this metabolic response as rowing requires engagement of all of the large muscle groups of the body.”

Incorporating new equipment – like the HIIT Rower from the legendary StairMaster brand – into your facility helps attract new members and can increase member retention rates. Let’s explore some of the biggest reasons to add a HIIT Rower to your space.

Health Benefits

Everyone knows exercising is good for your health, but many people have specific limitations to what their bodies can handle. This is a huge reason why rowing is so popular. Rowing is a fun exercise that delivers results to anyone willing to put in the work. The best part about rowing is that users do not need any prior fitness experience to reap the benefits of this machine. Whether the member is a beginner or a professional athlete, rowing is guaranteed to deliver a targeted, full-body workout to any user.

For members with joint pain, muscle weakness, or even high stress levels, rowing is a great alternative to other forms of exercise, like weight training. Due to its natural motion, rowing is easy on joints making it an ideal exercise for members who suffer from joint pain or who are recovering from injuries. A common concern for those with poor cardio-respiratory fitness is Heart Disease. Rowing is a great way to help decrease chances of a heart attack and can reduce stress levels, leading to a healthier heart and better sleeping habits.

Delivers a Full-Body Workout

A rowing machine does not work just one muscle group, it works 9 different muscle groups, making up almost 90% of our body’s muscle. Keli Roberts, Master Instructor for Core says, “For me and the clients I train during HIIT workouts, there’s nothing like rowing! 86% of your muscle mass, total body, high caloric expenditure, non-impact and fun! Adding a rower to your HIIT space is a no-brainer, it just works!”

Rowing offers a tremendous full-body workout to members by incorporating the quads, hamstrings, glutes, lower and middle back, biceps and shoulders. The act of constantly pulling with your back and arms while pushing out with your legs allows the user to engage multiple muscle groups. Full-body workouts allow members to burn more calories in less time, getting the most out of their efforts. Studies show that a 155-pound person can burn 260 calories in just 30 minutes of work. Expending more energy in a shorter time period could ignite a new passion for fitness in your members that is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Small Footprint

HIIT training has allowed facilities around the world to see a huge spike on the growth chart. Not only is rowing a fun and effective exercise option, but it is a stationary, full-body workout that utilizes minimal space in any facility. The HIIT Rower has a small enough footprint to allow owners to install 4-5 rowers while leaving plenty of room for other pieces of HIIT equipment. Rowing is a convenient and accessible form of exercise that will have your members begging for more.

Builds Muscle

As if you needed another reason to add a rower to your facility! Rowing is a great way to build muscle without having to perform multiple exercises that take up more time and space. The constant pushing and pulling motion repeatedly targets different muscles in the body, making it a great way to safely build muscle. The HIIT Rower allows any user to increase the resistance of the machine, which helps muscles grow and helps members lose weight.

Rowing machines are packed full of health benefits and provide a safe and efficient workout for your members. If you are looking to upgrade your HIIT space to accommodate members of all ages, contact one of our HIIT experts today!


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