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ROGUE

Rogue prides itself on its made-in-the-USA rowers, and America has returned the favor by making them the hottest name in rowing machines. Especially in the Crossfit world, their Concept 2 rowers have set the standard for getting an excellent all-body workout over 10 levels of resistance. Rogue is our top pick for rowing machines for home or gym use.

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HORIZON

As part of the Johnson Health Tech brand, Horizon Fitness has a solid reputation spanning more than 40 years and an "A+" rating with the Better Business Bureau. Although they're best known for other types of cardio equipment, their Horizon Oxford 5 rowing machine has an impressive 30 programs and a more generous return policy than many competitors.

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LIFE FITNESS

LifeFitness is one of the most recognized brands for fitness equipment. Their rowing machines are well-constructed and often found in homes and health clubs alike. They offer two models of rowers, both of which include resistance using a water tank system. Their prices are on the higher side, including a restocking fee of up to $500 if you choose to return your rowing machine.

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NORDICTRACK

NordicTrack is a well-known name when it comes to home fitness equipment. Their rowing machine, the RW200, provides a good entry-level workout for exercisers new to rowing but may not offer enough of a challenge to experienced rowers. A 250-lb. weight limit also makes it an unsuitable option for larger individuals.

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SOLE FITNESS

Primarily targeting the hotel workout room market, SOLE has been providing exercise equipment throughout North America for decades. Their SR500 rower is the only rowing machine we found that conveniently allows exercisers to control the resistance levels from the handlebar. However, its parent company, Fitness Equipment Services LLC, had a "D-" rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review, with numerous unresolved complaints that could mean trouble for customers.

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PRO FORM

If you're looking for rock-bottom prices on a basic rowing machine, you'll find it at Pro-Form. A 30-day money back guarantee and free shipping also make it a good deal. But, major issues with Pro-Form's outdated website will probably have you looking for your next rower with one of their competitors.

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Rowing Machines

If you're looking for a great all-body workout that won't kill your joints, a rowing machine may be exactly what you need. Although rowers aren't usually as popular or well-known as treadmills and ellipticals, they are an excellent choice for virtually every type of exerciser.

In fact, rowing machines have seen a rise in popularity lately, largely due to their use in Crossfit workouts. Why? First, using a rowing machine allows you to work on cardio and strength at the same time - which saves YOU time as well. As you push with your lower body and pull with your upper body, your heart rate increases while building strength in your legs, abs, and arms. And, using your whole body means that you're easily burning the same amount of calories as a workout on a treadmill or stair climber.

Also, rowing machines give you a low-impact workout. Whether you're an avid exerciser looking to mix up your training routine or you're new to working out, you'll find that rowers don't pound your knees and ankles like many forms of cardiovascular exercise. Rowing is also a common choice for people recovering from an injury, specifically because it offers an all-body workout while still being gentle on the joints.

Rowing machines provide resistance in one of three ways: air, fluid (water), magnetic, and hydraulic. Air resistance is the most common: your workout will turn a flywheel, which creates the resistance you need. These tend to be somewhat noisy compared with other kinds of resistance. Water resistance rowers can provide a quieter, smoother workout; instead of turning a flywheel against the air, you turn paddles in a water tank. Many people find that the action of using this type of rower more closely imitates the feel of rowing on an actual body of water. On the other hand, magnetic resistance rowing machines don't replicate the feel of rowing on water, but they tend to operate even more quietly and to be more compact than water resistance models.

As you shop for a rowing machine, you'll find quite a range of options and price points among the available retailers. What should you keep in mind as you compare rowers? Consider the following:

  • Cost. Does the retailer offer a rowing machine that fits in your budget?
  • Resistance. Does the machine use air, water, or magnetic resistance? Do you need a rower that closely imitates the feel of rowing on the water, or are you just looking for a good workout? How many levels of resistance are provided?
  • Storage. Can the rowing machine be stored vertically, saving you floor space when it's not in use?
  • Return Policy. Does the retailer allow you to return the rower? If so, will you get a full refund or will you be charged a restocking fee?
  • Warranty. How long will the company cover the machine - parts, labor, console, and so on - if something breaks?

TopConsumerReviews has reviewed and ranked the best rowing machines available today. We hope these reviews help you find the best rower to help you achieve your fitness goals!



Rowing Machines In The News

Rowing required, but water is optional

BRIGANTINE - In one smooth motion, Ed Rehill extends his arms, bends his knees and pulls himself up the track of the Concept2 rowing machine. When he reaches the end of the track, he lifts his hands slightly, pushes back with his legs and pulls the ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 16:54:00 GMT



We Found the Best Cardio Machines to Give You Sleek, Sexy Arms

Hold one side down and pull the other side up for a bicep curl or reverse that to target your triceps." Price also notes the rowing machine can be incredible effective for toning the upper body. "Rowing machines are already a great full-body workout ...

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 15:25:00 GMT



Local Olympian teaches rowing in college pool

Two-time Olympic rower Andrea Thies offered the free clinic to people who had tried indoor rowing machines with her at Process Crossfit in Oneonta and Charlotte Valley Central School, where she teaches math. Some members of the Otsego Area Rowing Club have ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 18:58:00 GMT



5 Benefits of Using a Rower

(Photo: Shutterstock) Like other cardio equipment, the rowing machine usually has a digital screen to show your distance, calories burned, strokes per minute and more. Having these options can help you vary your workouts: are you going for time, distance ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 21:13:00 GMT



College rowing: the what, the why, the wackiness, and the swans

(An "˜Erg', incidentally, is a training session on the rowing machines, usually done in groups.) I would be going on outings six to seven times a week, mostly in the afternoons in Trinity term, including twice a day on weekends. In the winter ...

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 04:09:00 GMT



Local club to participate in National Learn to Row Day

a demonstration of rowing techniques on a stationary erg (rowing machine) and an opportunity to row with some of the club's middle and high school crew in one of the club's eight- or four-person racing shells. National Learn to Row Day is sponsored by ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 13:18:00 GMT



The Truth and Nothing but the Truth: Which Cardio Machine Is the Best For Weight Loss

A machine is only as valuable as you make it ... Bear in mind that an hour is a long time rowing with your entire body, so plan accordingly. Ellipticals are a standard gym resource for a reason. They are low impact and produce good calorie expenditure.

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 18:42:00 GMT



Outdoor fitness equipment transforms spaces into workout areas

butterfly machine, leg extension, leg press, leg stretch station 3-way, lying leg curl, stair climber, roller fit 4-in1, roller fit leg press, and rowing machine. Cardiovascular machines include the cross country skier, roller fit pendulum, roller fit air ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 08:15:00 GMT



Otley woman completes 'epic' indoor rowing challenge

AN OTLEY woman has become the third fastest in the world to complete a 'marathon' on an indoor rowing machine. Jane Chadwick completed the 42,195 metre challenge at Otley gym Club Energy on Monday, May 21 in three hours, 19 minutes. Mrs Chadwick ...

Published:  Fri, 25 May 2018 06:28:00 GMT




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