Punishingly effective, rarely used and likely to always be vacant, the rowing machine is one of the most versatile pieces of cardiovascular equipment on your gym floor.
CrossFit zealots and Olympians alike swear by the devilish capabilities of the rower, but the average gym bro and his cronies are likely to give it a wide berth — an unfair treatment to what is one of the most effective pieces of kit in your fitness arsenal.
In fact, according to British rowing, each stroke on the machine uses 85 per cent of your muscles — across the nine major muscle groups — meaning that a full-body smoking is guaranteed, as is a spiked heart-rate and a white-hot fat-burn, as 300kcals are eviscerated in just 30 minutes of rowing.
Don’t take our word for it, though. Instead, listen to Alex Gregory MBE, a five-time world champion and two time Olympic gold medalist in rowing.