My Walking vs Rowing Machine for Burning Fat (Fitbit Data)

 In the video below, I go through one of my treadmill walking workouts vs one of my rowing machine workouts. The data is coming from my Fitbit.

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Which Exercise Burned More Fat, Walking or the Rowing Machine

Three heart rate zones. Fat burn, cardio and peak.
My heart rate zones on my Fitbit app.  

Well, from the Fitbit data, after walking and rowing for around 20 to 30 minutes, I was in the fat-burning zone longer on the rowing machine. I've had to adjust my walking and rowing pace to stay in the fat-burning zone. My fat-burning zone is between 101-125 BPM. Fitbit put me at one zone minute of fat burning when I was walking, and seven zone minutes when I was rowing. 

Which Was Easier, the Rowing Machine or Walking?

Walking was easier for me. Walking in my world is less technical. As for the rowing machine, it's much more technical. On the treadmill, I'll do my best to keep my back straighter and walk consistently. It's not bad. On the rowing machine, I need to get used to the four stages of rowing which are the Catch, the Drive, the Finish, and the Recovery. All four stages require more muscle groups and a bit of coordination.  

Which Workout Was More Satisfying, the Rowing Machine or Walking?

I'm on the fence with this one. I have done many walks where my workouts have been satisfying. The rowing machine would be "in the same boat," also satisfying. I will say, I need to walk for about a good hour at a brisk pace to make the walking a good workout. Rowing takes less time to feel the workout, about 30 minutes or so. The main reason is that I haven't developed muscle groups as much as walking. 

Why Did I Get a Rowing Machine?

With my two achilles tendon injuries (between 2010 to 2017), when I walk at a brisker pace every day, my achilles tendons sometimes get sore. To keep the fat burning more consistent, the rowing machine gives my ACs a break from walking and makes the workout less stressful on the feet.  In the past, I would have to stop cold turkey and recover. Now I can walk every day without the stress on my feet. 

What are the Pros and Cons of the CONCEPT2 Rowing Machine?

  • Good satisfying workouts. 
  • Get to my fat-burning zones every time.  
  • Easy on the Achilles tendons and joints.
  • Brick solid and durable
  • Good display monitor
  • Able to disassemble into two pieces. 
  • Nothing to plug in

  • The Concept2 rowing machine is a bit long, just under 100 inches or so. 
  • Since Concept2 is an air rower, it can get a little loud.
  • My rowing skills are a work in progress. Rowing is technical. 

What are the Pros and Cons of the Altrax Treadmill?

  • Good walking/running deck
  • Easy to use
  • Not too technical

  • Takes a while to get a satisfying walking workout. Sometimes 30 to 60 minutes
  • Can be harder on my joints and Achilles tendons. 
  • Needs electricity 

Do I Have a Treadmill Workout?

At this point, I created a treadmill workout with rowing and I'm still in the iteration process. I'm walking every day fluctuating the pace and rowing three times a week. 

Any Ah-Ha Moments So Far?

Most of the ah-ha moments are happening on the diet side. When I first started learning about the body, I would think about calories. Over time, I shifted to focus on what foods are spiking my insulin levels. I do talk more about my diet in the treadmill workout post

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