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How to use the rowing machine

Updated: May 25, 2012, 4:10 PM ET
By Leta Shy, FitSugar

The rowing machine can be intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it's an effective way to spice up your cardio routine. But while the rowing machine, also called an ergometer, is a calorie-buster (about 280 calories in 30 minutes for a 130-pound woman) and a good leg and core workout, improper form can lead to back injuries if you're not careful. Read on for our tips on proper rowing form.

Before you start, there are a few things to note about using the rowing machine. ...

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