[x_text class=”left-text “]A water rowing machine is a positively unique experience. The swish of the water with each stroke is exhilarating as well as calming. You almost enter a Zen-like mental state. After several minutes, you fall into a rhythm and just bliss out, forgetting that you are even exercising.
Finding a piece of exercise equipment that resonates with you can prove difficult. Some people love the treadmill while others enjoy the spinning bike. Nevertheless, if you have never had the joy of a beautifully handcrafted, hardwood, water rowing machine, well then you are missing out.[/x_text]
[x_text class=”left-text “]These machines are engineered to produce a realistic feeling of rowing on a lake. They include a “water flywheel” that allows for natural resistance that does not tax your joints and permits you to go at your pace in a smooth and flowing fashion. This is accomplished as it is a closed unit, the harder you pull back the more resistance there is. Faster = more resistance, Slower = less resistance. This provides an unadulterated aerobic exercise that keeps your heart rate up and your stress down. Rowing machines situate the participant in a seating and relaxing position. You will rest your ankles, knees and hips while you extend and contract in a full-range of motion. Performing this routine in a comfortable cycle works 84% of your muscle mass. With your inhales during extend and exhales during contract you will achieve a higher rate of aerobic exercise as well as burn more calories compared to other fitness machines.[/x_text]
[x_text class=”left-text “]A water rowing machine is built to last a lifetime and is low maintenance. There are no parts that wear out. The pulley and recoil belt do not need to be lubricated, there is no motor, and the frame construction is rugged and built to accommodate rigorous exercise. It is recommended that you pick up a non-slip mat to place under your water rowing machine. This reduces the possibility that the machine will hop when you are working it. It also eliminates the skating that might occur on tile or wood surfaces. And it just makes a ton of sense regardless, mostly because you want to take care of your floors and your investment in such a pricy peace of exercise equipment.[/x_text]
[x_text class=”left-text “]So now you have a choice, should you buy a water rowing machine or a steel resistance rower? The advantages of the water rowing machine would be that it produces significantly less noise, a stowaway profile and a natural resistance feel while working on it. Also, what most people don’t realize is that steel resistance rowers have a wind that bellows out of them that can be disturbing to other people nearby.
The disadvantages are that you will have to get used to the resistance and find a pace that suits you best, which takes some getting used to. A steel resistance rower would have varying levels of resistance that you would be able to set. Also, the price isn’t anything to sneeze at. The majority of people aren’t looking to spend more than $500 on a piece of exercise equipment and, therefore, wouldn’t even consider a water rowing machine. However, if you have tried one and enjoyed it, then you would likely consider it as an investment to your health as you would focus on continued use. That and they are heavily sought after in the used market so getting some of your money back will not be a big issue.
Overall, this is a great piece of equipment for your home gym. It is not intimidating; women will enjoy it just as much as the men. It focuses on toning and strengthening not building. And, come on, it is by far one of the most stylish pieces of exercise equipment that you’ll ever own. When did a treadmill ever look this sexy?[/x_text][x_text]P.S. you might remember Frank from House of Cards getting into shape on one.[/x_text][x_text]P.P.S. – You should check out our Rowing Machine Buyer’s Guide for 2016[/x_text]Rowing Machine Buyer’s Guide