Health & Fitness

The best rowing machines for a full body workout

Are you looking for a full body workout that will benefit your ticker, tone your muscles, burn serious calories and be easy on the joints? Then it’s time to make friends with the humble yet powerful rowing machine – the low-impact workout we could all afford more often. Below are the best rowing machines of 2021 to add to your home gym.

Best home rowing machines of 2021

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1. Life Fitness Row HX Trainer

If you are looking for something that could (almost) qualify as industrially inspired art in your living room, then this is your best bet. The Row HX is made of natural wood and a frame made of hardened steel and uses a so-called Fluid Technology resistance system for a smooth rowing experience (read: even resistance with every stroke). This rower is also the recommended rower for all Apple Fitness + rowing classes, making it ideal for Apple Watch users. Compared to rowers with smartscreens, this is obviously low-tech in this regard (although it’s a worthwhile aesthetic asset for many), but it does have a phone holder if you want to stream a show or workout while you’re getting started. Bonus: when stored vertically, it is less than two meters high and its compact design makes it easy to move around on your own.

[$1,499; lifefitness.com]

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2. Ergatta Rower

Fitness data junkies will love this “gaming-inspired” rower who is loved by newbies and seasoned rowers alike. Handcrafted in Rhode Island with pretty cherry wood, the Ergatta creates rowing workouts based on your personal profile and fitness goals. A 17.3-inch touchscreen gives you insights into your current division, intensity, rowing distance and much more. If you’re up for a challenge, try a head-to-head race against others or try the race of the week every Sunday. The rowing machine uses near-silent water resistance technology and can be stored upright in seconds. Monthly membership starts at $ 29 per month.

[$2,199; ergatta.com]

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3. Hydrow

Hydrow’s connected rowing experience utilizes a 22-inch HD touchscreen with an embedded camera, microphone, and hi-fi speakers as world-class athletes take you on guided rides around the world. (Keep an eye out for dolphins and stingrays – yes, really.) In addition to rowing training, Hydrow members can participate in a variety of challenges, races, and special events. In addition, you can do yoga, pilates, weight training and other disciplines. For those who live in confined spaces, we also love that the electromagnetic brake makes the machine practically silent so that you don’t disturb roommates or family members. When not in use, you can store your Hydrow vertically with the Upright Storage Kit. Noteworthy: Hydrow’s content has a monthly subscription fee of $ 38.

[$2,245; bestbuy.com]

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4. CITYROW GO MAX

Your complete fitness experience is just a few taps away (on a 19.5-inch sweat-resistant touchscreen). With a diverse list of classes and teachers keeping your rowing sessions up to date, you can choose from multiple class formats, lengths, and levels, with real-time metrics displayed as you row. The high-tech rowing machine also allows you to track your progress, set weekly goals and keep personal records. Ready to turn things upside down? Try off-rowing classes like yoga, stretching, and weight training. Store your device upright when not in use to save space. Try the app with a 14-day free trial. The monthly app subscription costs around $ 24 per month if you buy the annual subscription, or $ 29 per month if you prefer to subscribe on a monthly basis.

[$2,195; cityrow.com]

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5. ProForm 750R rowing machine

This may be a budget buy, but it is by no means a cheap rower. Expect a premium rowing experience thanks to Silent Magnetic Resistance technology, a collapsible design for compact storage, and iFit connectivity for a range of workouts filmed by instructors around the world both on and off the rowing area , while in use is practically silent like yoga, weight training, meditation and more. PS The ergonomic, padded seat is one of the most comfortable.

[$600; academy.com]

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6. NordicTrack RW900

This iFit connected rower allows the resistance to be automatically adjusted during your workout so you don’t have to waste time changing it manually. Enjoy the 22-inch HD touchscreen for an intensive workout around the world – such as endurance training at Lake Bled in Slovenia, a multi-seat crossing series for the English Channel or sweating along the Charles in Boston. Or rotate the screen to face a yoga mat or hand weights so you can follow the off-rower courses. The rower includes a one-year membership in the iFit family for up to five user profiles. It’s valued at $ 468. Fold it in half and store it upright when you don’t need it.

[$1,599; nordictrack.com]

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7. Schwinn Crewmaster Rower

A selection from Amazon, this rower has a simple LCD screen that allows you to keep track of your time, strokes, calories, rest, and heart rate. It has an adjustable console, a comfortable seat and an ergonomic handle. This rower may not have the bells and whistles of high-end models, but he does more than get the job done. The easy-to-fold design makes it a breeze to stow the rail vertically when you’re not exercising.

[$500; amazon.com]

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