The stationary rower is one of my least favourite cardio workouts. There is no TV to distract me and far less hot guys where the rowers are so I can’t even watch them. I usually only go on the rower when I want to include a bit of shoulder/arm work in my cardio or when I have someone to row beside so I can talk to them and make the time go by faster… luckily, today I had Stuart! I also had one of my new favourite workout shirts that I got for Christmas! DO IT.
I did an interval workout and incorporated the rower so that I wouldn’t get bored. It is easier to spend 20 minutes rowing when you split that up into four intervals of 5 minutes.
Rowing Interval Workout
5:00 minutes rowing
45 seconds ropes
45 seconds resistance punches
Repeat x 3.
I look super cool punching the air with a resistance band. Yes, I intended to match my shirt to my shoes.
After my intervals I did 45 minutes more of weight lifting, arms and back, then 15 minutes of stairs to get a nice sweat on before I left the gym. I incorporated 1-minute planks in between most of my arm weight lifting moves so that I could get some abs done too! The time actually flew by and usually arms day is a struggle! My arms were burning when I left the gym which makes me feel tough. I won’t feel so tough when I can’t lift them tomorrow morning.
I took the day off of running today because I knew I needed to give my legs a break (before they actually did break). I have done a combined total of four hours of spin and running the past two days and I was feeling it. Yesterday, before my spin class, I did an easy 6 mile run. Apparently I can’t just run at a steady pace anymore and threw in a 7:30-minute-mile halfway through. So much for “easy” run 😉
I have quite a collection of gym wrist bands! I am glad I found a way to not get totally bored on the rower. Stuart and I got to chat and I found yet another way to include interval training in my workout – this time with strength!
So… how long until I can actually see some arm muscle? 🙂
Do YOU use the stationary rower? Have any great ideas that will make me love it as a form of cross training?!