Rowing Machine Reviews for 2015

 Rowing Machine Reviews for 2015

Rowing machines provide an outstanding way to increase fitness by burning calories and building muscle in a safe, low-impact way. Indoor rowing machines have come a long way and are now sleek, highly-refined pieces of exercise equipment. Having a rower right there in your home can really be the push you need to get your muscles moving in a challenging yet comfortable way.

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If you’re on the hunt for a rowing machine for home fitness, keep in mind that there are many different styles and features that you’re going to want to consider before choosing. As always, high quality comes with a price, but there are great, reliable rowers at lower prices as well. We’ll do our best to break down all the things you need to know below.  And we have included our top rower picks to help you find the best rowing machine for your needs.

1. Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

Indoor Rowing Machine

he Concept2 Model D is the ultra-popular air rower that you’ll see at most gyms. It is one of the best home indoor rowers you can buy period. Expertly constructed and ergonomically unequaled, this rowing machine looks great and rows smoothly without so much as a jarring catch. As an air rower, the Concept2 employs air baffles to create the resistance. A nickel-plated chain pulls the flywheel and you get your workout by pulling against the increasingly higher air pressure that the fan is creating.

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2. Water Rower Natural Rowing Machine with S4 Monitor

Natural Rowing Machine with S4 Monitor

This piece of finely tuned, hand-crafted, water-resistance workout equipment also sits at the top end of the rowing machine spectrum. Employing a water flywheel that helps to mimic the feel of rowing in actual water, the natural wood Water Rower Rowing Machine will bring you a smooth, yet challenging workout that is as tough as you want it to be. If rowing is one of the best exercises you can do for your body as far as natural motion with low to no-impact, then the Water Rower is one of the best machines to do it on. The water flywheel is comprised of two paddles encased in an enclosed tank of water. As you pull the cable, the paddles move through the water creating resistance. The beauty of this machine is it uses the mass/density of water. The paddles create the drag, so the harder you pull, the more resistance increases. Think about moving your hands through water. The faster you go, the more dense water feels. The slower you go, the less you feel the resistance.

3. Stamina Air Rower

Stamina Air Rower

The Stamina ATS Air Rower is an example getting a ton of value for a low-priced rowing machine. This rower features wind resistance which creates a very smooth workout.  And that’s just the beginning. Featuring the ability to fold and with its attached roller wheels, the Stamina Air Rower is very portable and stores easily in a closet. The Air Rower includes a monitor that provides speed, stroke count, time elapsed, and calorie count. With a sturdy steel and aluminum frame and solid construction, the Stamina ATS Air Rower comes in at a very reasonable price and is very easy to assemble in around 15 min.

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4. Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower CHR-2001 Review

Velocity Exercise Magnetic

This popular rowing machine utilizes magnetic resistance for a quiet, and very smooth workout. The Velocity Exercise CHR-2001 also features a programmable computer with 12 programs that will keep your exercising varied and challenging for years. The computer also provides data on distance, time, calories burned, pulse rate, strokes per minute, and stroke count. Additionally, the tension resistance is electronically controlled via the computer.  This electronic resistance control feature puts the CHR-2001 ahead of other magnetic rowers that tend to use knobs. A nice feature is the included heart-rate monitor strap that allows you to see your pulse during intense cardio workouts. Velocity Exercise puts a premium on comfort here with a polyurethane molded saddle seat, and magnetic drum resistance contributes to a row machine that is durable, won’t need much or any maintenance, and, as we mentioned does not create much noise in use. This makes it easy to row while watching TV or listening to music. It also means the other people in your home won’t be listening to you workout quite as much.

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5. Benefits of Rowing

Benefits of Rowing

Rowing is a great cardiovascular workout as well as a way to strengthen most major muscle groups of the body. It’s a low-impact exercise that can be just as challenging as any higher impact exercise. It burns calories and it tones the body. As with any fitness activity, it’s important to exercise with proper technique, however. The big muscles in the legs are where most of the workout action should be. Injury to the lower back can occur from bending too far forward in the row. It’s best to maintain a upright 90 degree angle to the seat and slider bar. Using the legs for the motion rather than relying as heavily on the back or arms can help reduce the chance of muscle pulls or other related injuries.

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6. Final Word on Rowing Machines

Final Word on Rowing Machines

Fitness experts as well as health professionals agree that rowing machines provide one of the best workouts possible. Exercising on a rower will allow you to target the great majority of your muscle groups and give them as hard and challenging a workout as you feel like giving them. On the better rowing machine models, you’ll be able to track your progress and see how your splits are improving. When starting your search for a rowing machine, you’re likely to be at a bit of a loss as to which way to go and which type rower to buy. But even if you’re well under way in your hunt, we hope this review helped you understand the wonderful world of rowing machines a little more clearly. Overall, the most important thing is to get on a rowing machine and get rowing. The best rowing machine is the one that fits in your budget and fits your body.  Your heart, muscles, and mind will thank you.

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