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Buy Your Rowing Machine with Rogue Fitness Today! If youíre looking for a great all-body workout that wonít kill your joints, a rowing machine may be exactly what you need. Although rowers arenít 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 youíre easily burning the same amount of calories as a workout on a treadmill or stair climber.

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Pro-Form

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$399 special price, $999 regular price

Pro-Form keeps it simple, both with their rowing machine and their website. You wonít find fancy bells and whistles, just a simple site with one kind of rower, the 440R. From the construction to the console, the 440R delivers a basic workout, with 8 levels of resistance using a standard air/flywheel set-up.

Equipment overview:

  • Price Range: $399-$999 (sale price vs. regular price)
  • Different Models: 1
  • Vertical Storage: Yes
  • Financing Available: Yes
  • Resistance Type: Air
  • Resistance Levels: 8
  • Maximum User Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Return Policy: 30 days, 10% restocking fee
  • Warranty: Frame - 5 years, Parts & Labor - 90 days
  • Shipping: Free

We were underwhelmed by the shopping experience at Pro-Form. The website looks like it hasnít been updated in years; in fact, it gives the impression that the page isnít loading properly or may be missing images with the way it displays. We also noticed that, at the time of our review, there were three different prices listed for the 440R and that, simultaneously, it said that it was in stock and out of stock. We were surprised that the live chat function was actually working and that we got a fast response to our question - that it was indeed in stock, and that the lowest of the three prices was a one-day only deal.

The 440R also didnít impress us - though for a price under $500, including shipping, it might be a good entry-level rowing machine for exercisers on a budget. The console displays strokes per minute, total strokes, distance, time, and calories on the most basic of monitors. Also, with a maximum user weight of 250 lbs., the rowing machine canít accommodate larger individuals.

Finally, user reviews both on the Pro-Form website and elsewhere are not encouraging. Comments included criticism of the construction, especially with respect to internal cords snapping after a few weeks of use, and poorly-made components.

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Also, rowing machines give you a low-impact workout. Whether youíre an avid exerciser looking to mix up your training routine or youíre new to working out, youíll find that rowers donít 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 donít 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, youíll 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 itís 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!

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