Staying healthy is a necessity for a healthy life. Staying in shape is a key factor to succeeding in that mission. But yet not everyone does it, or at least not as often as one should. For instance, did you know that for every 3 adults, at least 1 of them is obese and unhealthy; that’s more than a third of the population in America?
So why should you stay healthy, besides living a longer life? Well, we can give you no shortage of factors, but to name just a few:
- Controls weight ─ Exercise can stop excess weight gain and help you stave off the weight you lost. Any physical activity you take part in, whether walking or swimming, you burn calories; the more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
- Improves mood ─ Have a need for an emotional lift, or need to destress after a long and stressful day? Physical activity stimulates many brain chemicals that can make you feel happier more relaxed and less anxious. You’ll even begin to feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which is a great booster for confidence and self-esteem.
- Better rest ─ Regular exercise promotes better sleeping habits and schedules. It will help you fall asleep faster and even deepen that sleep, making you feel more lively and rejuvenated when you wake up again.
- Fun and social ─ exercise and physical activity can be something you may enjoy. It’s great for unwinding, and you can make friends or contact with other people who engage in physical activity.
More information about the benefits of exercise can be found here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389
So, do you get what I’m talking about? There are a great number of reasons why you should exercise and keep yourself in tip-top shape. But what’s the best way to do so? The gym or fitness center, or by yourself on your own time or with a partner? Such depends on you, but perhaps the greater choice than choosing how you exercise, is what you choose to exercise with.
Fitness equipment is one of the most important choices when exercising. You want to choose the tool that is suited to what you are aiming to do with your body. Are you trying to gain more muscles in your arms or legs? Are you trying to make abs from your flat stomach? Do you want to train your whole body all at once?
The equipment, of course, can vary. You have bars and dumbbells, treadmills, ellipticals, etc. I can go on and on about such, but that’s not what this article is about, at least not entirely. No readers, what we’re going to focus on are two different pieces of training equipment for exercise. Those two are the assault bike and the rover.
What is an Assault Bike?
Also known as the air bike or fan bike, the assault bike is a fitness machine that functions on a flywheel with fan blades. The flywheel and fan blades use air resistance against your muscles to provide an effective workout.
The assault bike combines cardio and strength training into one intense workout, giving multiple of your muscle groups work at the same exact time. The composition also involves two independent handlebars and one heavy-duty steel frame, so the experience is akin to riding an actual bike.
What is a Rower?
The rower, or rowing machine, is a single machine with one sliding seat, handlebars, and a large fan. These components also use air resistance, to help simulate the experience of rowing a boat. It exercises your whole entire body at once, all without putting too much strain on your joints.
What are the Differences?
Both are capable, to be sure. But which one is really better? What will give you the best workout that you’re looking for altogether? Well, let’s compare and contrast a few of their advantages and disadvantages and see what comes out of what.
Let’s start with what they have in common. Now both the rower and the assault bike use air resistance to power their entire workout. They also tend to work out a great deal of the body as opposed to a single muscle or muscle group.
As far as differences go, let’s start with one that could be a major factor: difficulty. The assault bike is for the most part easier to work with and requires no special training, whereas the rower requires a specific technique to make full use of the device. There is also the matter of what the devices work. While the assault bike works a great deal of the body’s muscles, particularly the lower part, the rower actually works out the entire body itself, with emphasis on the upper portion.
We can also talk about calorie output. Both machines can burn no small number of calories for sure. However, the assault bike comes out on top, as it can burn upwards of 500 calories over just a 30-minute workout.
And one more thing to discuss is the design of each. Rowers are narrower than assault bikes; both narrower and longer. Assault bikes are more broad and heavy. They can take up a lot of space when working out, and their design makes them suitable for prolonged and intense workout sessions.
The Ultimate Choice
So then, we come to the final question: rower vs assault bike, which is the best for you? Well, now that depends on a number of factors, chief among them being personal preference right? What’s the right piece of equipment for you depends entirely on the kind of workout you are looking for.
Any choice is the right choice, but one should take the time to research both pieces of equipment, weigh the pros and cons, the benefits and disadvantages, so you can make not only the right choice, but the learned one as well.