A rowing machine will help you with building muscle in addition to giving you a full-body cardio workout. A rowing machine workout targets multiple different groups of muscles – around 86 percent of the muscles in the human body. This is more than other exercise machines, combining low-impact cardiovascular exercise and muscle training into a single routine.
When done correctly, rowing will help strengthen your triceps, biceps, legs, shoulders, back muscles, abdominals and torso muscles. This full body workout will not only strengthen your muscles, but will also elevate your heart rate and make your body more efficient at using oxygen (also known as aerobic exercise).
Working out muscle groups does not only make them stronger, it also helps build more fat-burning tissue and produces what’s known as the “afterburn effect.” The afterburn effect describes the increased rate of calorie burning that your body will experience following a rigorous workout, which can last for up to three days.