Rowing Machines

Rowing Machines

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Rowing Machines

Rowing is a great way to get in shape, not only does the activity have a high demand for calories it can also tone more muscle groups than other cardiovascular machines.

Types of Resistance

As with most gym equipment, there are different types and differing qualities of rowing machines. Early models used hydraulic cylinders or springs as means of resistance, and seldom felt good to use. Thankfully better options exist these days.

Magnetism is one popular option, and whilst far superior to the machines of old this form of resistance still falls short of providing a really satisfying feel to the rowing stroke. Fortunately two other forms of resistance are available: air and water.

Air Rowers

An air rower contains a fan connected to the cord or chain which the user pulls during the rowing stroke, thereby creating resistance as the fan turns against the air. This type of rower can be found in many commercial gyms, but in recent years new models featuring magnetism as well as air resistance have become available, and they are certainly worthy of consideration.

Using Water for Resistance

But one the best designs in the world of gym equipment is undoubtedly the Waterrower.

As the name suggests, you simply row against a body of water. And the sound is wonderful. Waterrower maintain that you do not need a resistance dial, you simply row faster, as you would if rowing on a river or lake.

The rowing machines are handcrafted. Originally only a wooden finish was available, though now a couple of metal finishes are options. And when not in use you can simply stand your Waterrower on its end, saving a great amount of space. A very well thought out rowing machine, beautifully made and a pleasure to own and use.