Rowing Machine or Elliptical: We help you choose

Updated on 8 May 2023

After hours of testing and analysis, here are our tips for choosing the product that best suits your needs.


The rowing machine, ideal for developing arms and legs


  • Less bulky
  • No impact on joints
  • Good arm and leg development
  • Back pain due to bad posture

Slightly less bulky than the elliptical trainer, the rowing machine guarantees an improvement in the cardiovascular system and blood circulation, but also a reduction in fat mass (it generates a lot of perspiration). In addition, it is not harmful to the joints.

It is simple to use: you sit in position and glide on the rail to reproduce the rowing movements. This exercise allows you to work all the muscles of the body with a special emphasis on the arms.

Compared to the elliptical trainer, rowing offers better muscle development of the arms and legs. It also allows you to train at your own pace. However, remember to stay upright, as it can cause lower back pain.


The elliptical trainer, a practical way to get in shape

Vélo elliptique

  • Deeper work of the muscles
  • High calorie loss
  • No impact on the joints
  • More bulky

The elliptical trainer, which is bulkier and more difficult to store, also improves your cardiovascular system and endurance. Like the rowing machine, it does not generate any impact on the joints.

When exercised in an upright position, it allows you to reproduce the movements of running, Nordic walking and cross-country skiing. It therefore works most of the muscles (approximately 80%), whether they are the upper or lower limbs, and even the abdominal area.

Compared to rowing, it exercises the muscles more deeply and allows us to burn a little more calories. It also works on the coordination between the arms and legs.


In conclusion

Both the rowing machine and the elliptical trainer will help us to work a lot of muscles, without damaging our articulations. They not only promote blood circulation, but also weight loss. However, they differ mainly in their size, the position in which they are used and the muscle work.

The rowing machine promotes arm work and allows for greater muscle development. It also takes up less space. However, you need to keep your back in good posture. The elliptical trainer, on the other hand, is more difficult to store, but allows you to burn more calories and work on your coordination.


Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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