Choosing the right machine
Before choosing a rowing machine, think about your fitness goals:
Lose weight – a low cost rowing machine with light resistance will help get you started.
Strength building – go for models with more tension levels this will provide a greater intensity to your workout.
Training for an event – look for a range of resistance and programmes to give you an all round workout.
The main types of resistance systems are as following:-
Magnetic – gives a smooth action that makes you feel like you’re rowing across water.
Hydraulic – less realistic rowing action but provides excellent value for money.
Sculling – use a swinging lever (or two) rather than a bar and cable. They’re easier to get the hang of but less interesting to use!
The display is an LCD digital readout giving you useful information – rowing speed, distance travelled and so on. The console controls let you switch to the information you’re most interested in tracking.
The Right Rowing Position
If you’re going to enjoy a comfortable workout and avoid injuries a good rowing position is a must. A rowing machine with adjustable positions (e.g. the distance the seat and bars move during a stroke) will help you make sure you’re not hurting yourself.
Making Space For Your Rowing Machine
Rowing machines are surprisingly compact and because many are light in weight you can easily lean them against a wall or inside a cupboard when you’re not using them. Some are even designed to fold so you don’t need a lot of space to get started.
Bar or handle- the part you grip and pull back on to create the rowing movement. It’s attached to the rower by a cable.
Cable- the ‘string’ connecting the bar to the machine’s frame.
Console- the controls on the front panel of the rowing machine.
Flywheel- creates resistance inside the machine. As you push and pull it creates momentum to let you build up pace and slow down smoothly.
Frame- the structure, all the moving parts of the rowing machine are attached to this.
Heart rate monitor- detects your pulse usually through the hand grips.
Programmes- a planned rowing workout featuring a variety of resistance settings over a set distance, time or stroke rate. Choices include training row, coxed workout and timed tempo rowing.
Saddle or seat- where you sit, facing forward. The seat moves backwards as you ‘pull’ the bars towards you making it feel as if you’re moving across the water, then slides forward again as you release.
Stroke- a stroke is one complete rowing movement involving a pull on the bars or levers plus the release, where they move away from you ready for the next pull.
Stroke rate- the number of strokes you’re rowing at per minute.
Speed- the speed you’d be moving at if you were putting in the same effort on a real rowing boat.
Tempo- the ‘beat’ of your strokes, for example 20 strokes/minute. Some machines let you set the tempo you’re aiming for and sound a regular ‘beep’ for you to keep pace with.
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York R510 Rower
York R510 rowing machine is designed for an all-over body workout. Users are able to perform a range of upper body exercises such as bicep curls, shoulder shrugs and upright rows. The maximum user weight of this rower is 90kg and the features include a comfortable roller-mounted seat, and pivoting footplates with adjustable velcro straps. York R510 rowing machine features ball bearing wheels, 12 levels of adjustable resistance and a compact design. It comes complete with exercise guide. The Computer displays time, strokes, distance, calories and strokes per minute.
- 12 Levels of Hydraulic Resistance
- Smooth Kevlar Belt Drive Mechanism
- Large padded seat
- Large seat wheels for smooth rowing action
- Unique compact design
- Moveable foot rests
- Computer displays: time, distance, calories, speed, strokes per min
- Max User Weight: 90kg
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 141 x 43 x 34cm
- Product weight: 17kg
- 4 programmes: target stroke, target time, target distance, target calories
- Warranty: 2 years electronic parts, 2 years labour, 1 year all other parts (excluding: foot straps & seat)
V-fit Tornado Air Rower
This Gym Style rower will give you endless hours of exercising. With speed proportionate resistance and an LCD Display this rowing machine deserves a place in your home.
The V-Fit Tornado Air Rower provides a gym style single bar rowing action with great value for money that will fold up and be easily transported with its built in wheels for convenient storage. The AR1 comes with a LCD display console that displays Stroke Counter, Strokes per minute, Speed, Distance, Time and Calories Burned giving you great feedback and motivation to get the best from your workout.
Rowing Action Bar
Resistance Type Air
Resistance Levels Speed Proportionate
Row Arm 25mm foam padded
Seat Expanded PU
Console Feature Stroke Counter, Strokes per minute, Speed, Distance, Tme and Calories Burned
Fan Wheel Diameter 50cm
Number of Fan Vanes 12
Seat Carriage Steel with bearing mounted upper and lower rollers.
Dimensions Assembled L=212 x W=44 x H=74
Weight 19.5 KG
The V-Fit Tornado comes with a 12 month warranty on parts & labour.
Body Sculpture BR-3150 Magnetic Rowing Machine
The Body Sculpture BR3150K Magnetic Rowing Machine comes with adjustable tension control linked to a magnetic brake system. It folds for easy storage and the on board computer monitors time, strokes and calories.
Product dimensions: 183 x 52 x 41.5
Folded dimensions: 87.5 x 52 x 98
Carton dimensions: 107 x 28 47.5
Weight 19Kg Max.
User Weight 120Kg
Magnetic rowing machine – magnetic brake system and adjustable tension for varied resistance
PU cast wheels for durability. Folds for easy storage. Computer monitors time, count, total count, calories and scan function
Motivefitness Magnetic Recumbent Combination Cycle- Rower
Combination magnetic recumbent cycle and rower has a super smooth pedalling and cycling action with single-plate magnetic resistance system and 8-position stepped tension controller.
The tubular steel mainframe with extruded aluminium rowing rail, which folds and locks upright for storage
Comfortable bearing mounted contoured and moulded PU seat with locking adjustment for cycle use.
7-function exercise monitor with body fat (%), calories, (theoretical calorie burn), distance (miles) hand pulse (beats per minute), scan, speed (mph) and time (minutes and seconds) modes.
Max user body weight 115kg (18st)
Gym style close grip rowing action.
WaterRower Rowing machine walnut + performance monitor
The WaterRower Classic is hand crafted in solid American Black Walnut. Like all woods, Black Walnut may vary in colour from a rich brown to purple-black. Each machine has been hand finished with three coats of Danish Oil giving a deep lustre and warmth to the wood.
Wood has been chosen due to its marvelous engineering properties, primary amongst these is its ability to absorb sound and vibration enhancing the WaterRower’s quietness and smoothness of use. The WaterRower has been designed as a natural rowing simulator and is unrivalled in replicating not only the superb physiological dynamics of rowing, but much of the aesthetic pleasure as well, giving the calming feel of a boat gliding down the river. The WaterRower’s patented WaterFlywheel utilizes the same physical elements (water) and the same physical dynamics (fluid drag) as occur when a boat moves through water.
American Walnut, like all woods used in WaterRower construction, is a premium hardwood with incredible longevity and dimensional stability. For reasons of ecology, all woods are harvested from replenishable forests.
Assembly required Partial
Brand Water Rower
Dimensions L211 x W40 x H54cm
Guarantee FREE 3 year guarantee
Heart rate monitoring (via chest strap) Yes (not included)
Manufacturer’s Guarantee 3 years parts and labour, 5 years frame
Maximum user weight 350KG
Polar compatible yes
Weight 33kg (up to 53kg when wet)