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5 Cheap rowing machines perfect for cross training that every runner should know about

Rowing has been known to be one of the most effective and easiest way to exercise and stay fit and while there are many options available for the same, rowing still comes out at the top.

A lot of people have a misconception that rowing machines are costly and so not worth the investment, but that is not true. There are many rowing machines out there which don’t cost much and can give you the effective, intense workout that you have been looking for.

Here are a few rowing machines under $500 which you can buy to provide you the perfect rowing experience:

Stamina Air Rower

One of the most popular machines, it comes with a wind-resistance system which offers smooth stroke to its users. It also comes with a padded adjustable seat and floor protectors which prevents skidding and due to its inbuilt wheels and lightweight, it is easy to move around and will cost you about $250.

Its monitor comes in handy when displaying various details like calories burned, distance, time, etc. It has large footplates to fit user of any size and can be folded for easy storage. It can take up to 250 pounds and comes with a 3-year warranty for its frame and 90 days for its machine parts.

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Kettler Favorit Rowing Machine

Although this is a little costlier than the other models as it costs about $400, it is a great investment for those who need something extra. It weighs around 52 pounds and can take up to 250 pounds of weight. It comes with 2 hydraulic cylinders which provide continuous resistance allowing you to take up an intense workout. With its in built training programs and audio and video signals, you can choose any workout of your choice.

It has a 6 functions display simultaneously: distance, time, energy consumed, strokes, pulse rate and frequency which helps in a more effective training. So if you are willing to spend a little more, it’s simply put, perfect.

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Stamina 1205 Precision Rower

If you’re looking for budget rowing machines this should fit the bill. Designed for small spaces, this rower is perfect to tone your muscles and keep your body flexible. It can be stored in any corner of your house due to its compact design not taking up much space in your house. This machine comes with a ball bearing system, adjustable tension controls, thick padded seat and pivoting footplates for maximum efficiency and comfort and costs around $200.

Its multi-functional monitor tracks your speed, distance, strokes, row count etc. and comes with a 5-year warranty for frames and 90 days for the machine parts.

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Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 

A perfect model for home with its compact size and sturdy steel frame making it durable and a good investment. Its gas-shock resistance allows you to adjust it to your needs. Since this machine can be folded, it is easy to store and doesn’t take up much space.

With its monitor displaying basic details like time, stroke count and calories burned, this is an awesome pick for just around a $150.

 

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Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine

Offering 12 levels of resistance, this model provides you with a smooth experience and it comes with an electronic monitor having a weight limit of 220 pounds. With adjusting foot straps, pivoting footplates, padded seating and non-slip grip handlebars, it makes rowing easy and comfortable.

Its sleek, solid steel frame provides you with optimal comfort and support and its easy assemble and folding makes it easy to store in limited spaces. Its built-in LCD displays your time, count, calories and total counts, perfect to note down your workout data with ease. It’s the cheapest in the list and will cost about $100.

 

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5 Trails in California that are every runners delight

5 Trails in California that are every runners delight

 

Well if you’re in California for the weekend and don’t have any plans yet then here’s what I would suggest to all runners. HIT THE TRAILS.  Not only is trail running great for the mind and body but is one the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty around and here are 5 destinations we at California Trails recommend to all our readers.

Torrey Pines State Reserve

This is one of the most recommended trails across California. It consists of never before seen breed of pine trees known as the pinus torreyana. Apart from that you’ll also love the beach views that surround the reserve.

The most attractive viewpoints here are the Broken Hill and the view provided from the midpoint of the trek where you can see an entire panoramic view of the trail. On bright sunny days even the San Jacinto is visible.

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Channel Island Nation Park

For those in love with beaches this is a must take hike and what many people do not know is that this is one of the best beach hikes you’ll come across in the US. This park consists of 5 islands out of the 8 that make up the California coast.

I personally recommend you take the Santa Barbara hike and visit the smugglers cove which also includes an awesome boat ride. This 8-10 mile hike is exactly what one needs to cool off after a long tiring week.

Channel Islands National Park

Death Valley National Park

Contrary to how it sounds this trail is full of unique terrain, mountains, sand dunes etc. that are a delight for all kinds of trail runners and trekkers but its most eye catching features are the canyon hikes. Another hike I would suggest newbies only take during moderate climates. You can also reroute to some other breathtaking destinations like the Red Cathedral or the Gower Gulch.

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Anza Borrego State Park

This trail covers most of the Anza Borrego desert and is very close to the Mexican border. Here’s an interesting fact about the desert. During summers the temperature here soars to about 100 degrees. Quite unbelievable isn’t it?

You’ll come across plenty of never before seen creatures here. The trail is rough and tiring but on the bright side it’s only 4-5 miles long. The ancient rail road is the center of attraction for the tourists here.

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Joshua Tree National park

If rock climbing interests you then this trail should top your bucket list. Apart from that the hike in itself is one to not miss out on. It covers plenty of scenic views and terrains but the best part is the Lost Palms Oasis.

Another point of interest here is the Mastodon Peak but a detour I would recommend only pros take. It’s a 5-6 mile hike but one that should only be taken during pleasant months by newbies.

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5 Cross training methods every trail runner should adopt

5 Cross training methods every trail runner should adopt

 

Cross training is one exercise form most runners only switch to when recuperating from an injury but considering the tons of benefits it provides I would recommend you make it a part and parcel of your training routine.

Training isn’t only about running anymore. Over the years it’s evolved and better and effective methods have come into play, one of them being cross training. Not only will you run well but it also elongates your career by lowering injury risk. Here’s how every runner can cross train.

Swimming

Believe it or not swimming is not only one of the most fun but also effective modes of cross training for any runner looking to build stamina and improve breathing capacity for trail runs and though it may not significantly impact leg strength it certainly is great cardio for the entire body.

Apart from that you’ll also improve posture and balance. Start off with a 100m warm up and remember to exhale when underwater for efficient strokes. Here’s more in detail.

 

Strength training

Well since swimming doesn’t check the strength box here’s what you can do. Begin with a few stretches as warm before taking it up a notch with workouts like squats, deadlifts, hamstring curls etc.  These exercises are great for posture and form and will help you finish every race strongly.

Since you’ll be lifting weights get in touch with a trainer to get the form right or else you’ll be risking serious injuries or ineffective workout sessions.

Rowing

If you’re up for an adventure and yet want to keep up with your training then rowing is one sport you do not want to miss out on but before you hit the water I would suggest you learn the proper technique and form on an indoor rowing machine and also check out the video below.

Apart from a heart pumping cardio session rowing is also great for the calves, chest, core and also the arms.

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Yoga

If you’re tired of the high pump and sweaty gym workouts and are looking to switch to something calmer but yet equally effective then yoga is your thing. Though I haven’t personally yet tried it I have seen significant improvement in others.

It improves core, you’ll control breathing better and is also relaxing both physically and mentally but will cost you slightly higher and also tends to feel boring at first.

Stepper

This is one of the equipment most women tend to prefer. The best part about the stepper is that its major focus is on the quads and flexors. These muscles are important for hill runners. For better results you can alternate this with an elliptical machine too.

Beware that a stepper is tough work and while it’s no doubt very effective it will also needs tons of effort and strength on your part both physically as well as mentally.

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