Below we've outlined a few important questions to keep in mind when buying a rowing machine that will suit your needs.
What do you want from the rowing machine? One of the greatest plus points of rowing machines is their affordability - a superb machine can be yours without breaking the bank! The more serious you are about your workouts and reaching your goals, the more you should look towards buying the best machine that you can afford. The extra investment will ensure that the superior build quality and design will offer you comfortable, effective workouts that can be enjoyed for years to come. For the less demanding user wishing to get a little bit fitter or lose a few pounds, a basic entry level machine may suffice.
Who will use the machine? As with all fitness equipment, it's crucial to opt for a machine that is suited to your stature and weight. Taller users should perhaps look at models with longer rear rails to give enough room to stretch those legs, whereas a shorter user may find the more compact designs (typical found at a cheaper price point), to be adequate. Remember to always check the maximum user weight in the product specification!
Where are you going to keep it? It's time to get the tape out and have a measure up of where you want your machine to live! The majority of rowing machines are reasonably compact and easy to move and store, especially in comparison to other forms of exercise equipment. Although they may take up less space than a treadmill or elliptical trainer, you need to make sure that you have enough room to use the full dynamic motion of a rowing stroke! As we mentioned, the more expensive rowers often have longer seating rails, but some models can be folded so that this whole section can be stood up vertically to take up less floor space when not in use.
Which type of Resistance? You will see two main types of resistance through the ranges.
Rowers with magnetic resistance are a lot quieter in use, compared to their counterparts, so they are ideal if you want disturbance free workouts or if you simply want to exercise in front of the TV without having to pump up the volume! If space is an issue, magnetic rowers are sometimes more compact too, but as always - check the spec!
Air rowers are often favoured by more serious rowing enthusiasts. Although some models can have the tension slightly adjusted by a damper, in most cases the resistance is altered entirely by stroke rate, which allows greater control of the workout intensity at all times. The whole machine is designed around a large fan at the front of the machine so they can even provide the user with a refreshing breeze as they workout too!
What features can you expect? You will see two main types of resistance through the ranges.
Part of the reason that rowing machines are such good value is that they are simple but effective! Very rarely do they have any workout programmes, in fact, aside from a basic console there are really not many features available with most models - but that in itself is not a reflection of quality! The quality lies in the general build quality and design. Give some thought to those two areas, and all of the points outlined in this guide, and you will be sure to get the right rowing machine to suit you and your needs.