Rowing Machine or Elliptical Trainer
February 3, 2014 9:26 AM Subscribe
The impact of running has made it no longer a good cardio option for me. I've narrowed my 'non-impact' cardio options down to a rowing machine or an elliptical trainer, but am having trouble decided between them. Special snowflake details, as always, are inside.
posted by dotgirl to Health & Fitness (18 answers total)
I'm a late 30 woman, 5'9", ~150lbs.
I used to run 3 miles on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, but multiple injuries to my foot have made that impossible. My doctor says low/no impact is the only option for me now.
My current exercise regimen is as follow:
Mon & Thurs - upper body with bodyweight and dumbbells
Tues, Fri, Sun - lower body with bodyweight and kettlebell (including HIIT via the kettlebell swing on Tues & Fri).
Wed, Sat - Yoga & cardio
Please assume that finding a way to run again is not an option, and I have investigated and ruled out other machines (stationary bike, stair climber, etc).
I am already doing HIIT with the kettlebell - I'm looking for a low-intensity cardio workout for the off days. I had originally thought a rowing machine was the best option, but am rethinking that.
Rowing Machine -
Pros: Fuller body workout, including upper body and core.
Cons: Takes away 'rest time' needed after weight training, easy to injure back & knees (and I'm prone to lower back pain).
Pros: Significantly lower chance of injury, less strain on muscles trying to recover from strength training
Cons: Basically just works lower body and cardio system - not efficient?
The challenge I'm having is that both options seem fine - there's no clear "obvious" one. So I turn to the minds at MetaFilter.
Based on my current workout schedule, does one option or the other stand out as the "right" choice? Why?