Rowing machine and variety

I’ve been addicted to the rowing machine at the gym for awhile now. I don’t do it every time I am there, but every other week or so I like to dedicate a solid 30 minutes on it, with an occasional 15 minutes here or there in between those longer sessions. It’s rough. It doesn’t look like it should be, but I feel it burning just about every part of my body. I love it (and slightly hate it too).


I’m one of those crazy people addicted to House of Cards and I actually let out a small squeal when Claire introduced the rowing machine into their home, since I love her and that damn machine so much. I like that the show seems to be bringing rowing into greater popularity, I think it would be fun to find a rowing class at a gym. I know from searching online that they exist in some cities, haven’t found anything local yet.

Beyond the rower: I think what helps me to be find success is variety. I do outside activities – running, walking, hiking and biking. When it’s too hot, I go to the gym. At the gym I will use either the elliptical, stair climber, rowing machine, or stationary bikes. If I want to get something done in my living room at home I use either a weighted ball, small free weights, do squats, pushups, or situps. There is no magic formula other than keeping myself interested by not always doing the exact same thing.