Cardio Equipment You May Not Have Considered

Monday March 24, 2014

Written by: Greg Garus, CPT, CES, PES

Two of the most underused pieces of cardio equipment in the gym are the Schwinn Airdyne and the Concept2 indoor rowing machine.  Both of these pieces of cardio equipment are often not seen in gyms or rarely used in facilities that have them.  For many people the least used exercises are going to be the ones that are most challenging.  The beauty of these machines is their versatility.  Not only do you benefit from a non-impact form of total body cardio exercise, but the intensity is derived from the effort the person using the equipment puts into it.  In other words the increase in intensity is linear.  The harder you push, the more resistance is created.  Yes, one could easily stroll along at an easy pace and think that they are not getting much out of the airdyne or the rowing machine.  Yet, if used properly, both of these forms of exercise can be utilized to increase workout capacity, aerobic power, and cardiovascular endurance.  Recording and monitoring time and wattage will help keep track of your progress.  Next time you are looking for a way to incorporate some high intensity interval training, try it out on the airdyne or rowing machine.