Rumour has it, rowing machines are the next big thing in fitness circles - it's hardly surprising, considering the bounty of fitness benefits this machine offers - in fact, they're probably overdue for a turn in the spotlight.
Aerobically, you get one of the best workouts available from a piece of gym equipment. As you engage most of your muscle groups, you'll increase your heart rate, work up a sweat and push your lungs to work harder all at once.
As for the muscles themselves, both your upper and lower body will be pulling its own weight as you count up the miles. Your back, arms and shoulders will all benefit from a session on the rower just as much as your thighs and calves. Plus, you can alter the level of resistance on the machine to build muscle faster with a tougher workout.
If you're working out to lose weight and improve your general fitness levels then you can count on the rower to shred calories. An hour on one will typically burn around 600 calories, a number that is largely unmatched by most other pieces of gym equipment.
Rowing machines are also a great alternative to high impact workouts. Since rowing has a lesser impact on the joints, the rates of injury are much lower on these machines than those that jarr the joints and body.
Plus, don't forget that this equipment is available all year round, and during the warmer months you can get out and use your new-found strength somewhere with water and plenty of sunshine for a break from your home gym.