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  • Bestseller no. 1
    Item number: LF-HOME-ROW-0301

    The first Life Fitness Row HX wooden rowing machine combines elegant design with high functionality and durability. It is equipped with a water resistance system and its smooth, joint-friendly movement is particularly impressive. With 5 adjustable water resistance levels, the Bluetooth®-enabled training computer can be operated intuitively, and the robust frame ensures a firm footing. Perfect for an effective full-body workout.

    • For a joint-gentle and effective whole body training
    • Water resistance system provides a rowing experience close to reality
    • Four resistance levels for different user levels
    • Training computer: intuitive use, clear display
    • Stable, durable frame construction (material: steel and wood)
    • Space-efficient thanks to folding mechanism
    • We recommend adding a chlorine tablet when filling the water tank - look under accessories
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  • Bestseller no. 2
    Item number: TF-RX7-3

    It won't be any more awesome to row onshore than with the Taurus rowing machine RX7. The indoor rower with its hybrid resistance system offers a very comfortable pull in the low as well as in the high intensity zone. Being one of very few rowing machines which offer a remote control on the handle, the RX7 makes it possible to change settings during the training.

    • Rowing machine with excellent pulling in all intensity zones
    • Remote control on the handle: change the settings of your training even while rowing
    • Very high stability: can even be semi-professionally used
    • Very nice, sporty design
    "Very good" (A) in the test of rowing machines of the ETM-Magazin (05/2016)
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  • Bestseller no. 3
    Item number: DF-RM40

    The Darwin rowing machine is a strong rowing machine for starting a regular training. The magnetic resistance system provides a constant pulling. After the training, the guide rail can be space-efficiently folded up.

    • Strong rowing machine at a strong price
    • Constant magnetic resistance system with 16 resistance levels
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    599,00 €
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  • Bestseller no. 4
    Item number: K-RO1031-100

    The new Kettler Regetta 500 rowing machine offers you a fantastatic rowing experience. The Regatta 500 is equipped with a high-quality water resistance system and proves particularly convincing, through balanced as well as joint-friendlyen motion sequence and comprehensive training functions.

    • Kettler Regatta 500 - The rowing machine with Hydropower
    • Close-to-reality rowing experience - rowing like you're on the water
    • Basic variable resistance through maximum fill level
    • Aluminium double rails for quiet and balanced rowing motion
    • A great many training functions
    • Clear LCD display - supply via battery, no mains supply required
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    1.499,00 €
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  • Bestseller no. 5
    Item number: CST-BALTIC-PRO-B-2

    The cardiostrong Baltic Rower Pro is a beautifully designed rowing machine with water resistance. The indoor rower is available in two colour variations; other highlights are the long, quiet rails, the comfortable seat and adjustable water resistance, and much much more.

    • cardiostrong rowing machine with water resistance: very stable, very silent, very good!
    • Adjustable resistance levels - just adjust the amount of water in the tank (scale on the tank)
    • A higher seat level, so that getting on and off is more comfortable
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  • Bestseller no. 6
    Item number: FDF-EPBV

    The First Degree Fitness NEON Pro V Black rowing machine proves impressive with its elegant and simple look. This rowing machine's highlights include its high seating position and very good workmanship, meaning that the the First Degree Fitness NEON Pro V Black rowing machine is also ideally suited for commercial use.

    • LCD multi-level display: time, distance, 500m split time, number of beats per minute, calories per hour, wattage and heart rate
    • Fluid technique - for speed and stamina training
    • Ergonoic premium handling - for an even better pulling feel
    • Progressive training through natural water resistance
    • Ergonomic handle - optimum grip and minimal joint strain
    • Easy to mount and dismount due to a high seat position (42cm)
    • Extra robust and durable
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    1.499,00 €
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  • Bestseller no. 7
    Item number: CST-RX50-2

    The cardiostrong rowing machine RX50 is a rower of high-quality workmanship with modern equipment. The machine has a combination of air and magnetic brake for powerful and constant strokes. Resistance is variable in 16 levels. The cardiostrong rowing machine RX50 can be comfortably adjusted to different fitness levels and be used by the whole family.

    • Combination of air and magnetic resistance for a comfortable, smooth motion
    • LCD display: speed, distance, time, calories, pulse, stroke rate, time/500m, Watt
    • 28 workout programs (of it: 4 heart rate controlled, 4 user-defined)
    • 16 resistance levels, more in manual mode
    • Comfortable, very effective rowing motion
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  • Bestseller no. 8
    Item number: DF-RM50

    The Darwin Rowing Machine RM50 is an easy to use rowing machine with a great price-performance ratio. The rowing machine is equipped with a water resitsance system and a higher seat position, which makes getting on and off much easier.

    • Solid rowing machine with water resistance
    • Very comfortable sitting height of 43cm
    • Good rowing quality with a pleasant rushing of water
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    899,00 €
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  • Bestseller no. 9
    Item number: FDF-APPV
    • New First Degree PLUS V tank
    • Very stable water rowing machine with a frame made of wood and steel
    • Patented resistance system with 5 levels: very high maximum resistance; by means of the Adjustable Resistance (AR), the basic resistance is changed by a simple turn of the yellow knob
    • Ergonomic grip to minimise the stress on wrist and forearm
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  • Bestseller no. 10
    Item number: K-RO1028-100

    Improve your stamina as well as general well-being with the Rower 2.0 rowing machine. During training, pretty much all muscle groups are used and their own performance maximised. The Quiet training noise, as well as the magnetic braking system, round out training perfectly.

    • Training computer: time monitoring, oar strokes, stroke frequency, energy used
    • 8 resistance levels
    • Foldable for space economy and can be stowed away
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  • The First Degree Fitness Viking PRO rowing machine made of American ash wood combines user-friendly features and a multitude of adjustment possibilities to offer all rowers - independent of height and skills - the best rowing machine of its class. In contrast to all other rowing machines available on the market, the upper frame of the Viking PRO rowing machine is made of a single piece of curved wood; screwings, which might get loose in the meantime, are not used here. This guarantees perfect stability and highest durability.

    • New First Degree PLUS V Tank with 5 resistance levels
    • New Bluetooth monitor
    • Rowing ergometer made of American ash wood of best quality !
    • Very sturdy frame construction; extremely hardwearing workmanship
    • Very high maximum resistance
    • No "dead" point: triple-stainless steel-fan wheel provides a direct and consequent resistance throughout the whole stroke
    • Adjustable Resistance (AR): change the basic resistance by simple turning of the yellow button
    • 11.5 cm high, very torsionproof side rails: perfect for ambitious home and pro training!
    • Can be folded up in a space-saving way
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    1.899,00 €
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  • Item number: DU-IR40

    The Duke Fitness Rowing Machine IR40 is suitable for all home exercisers who just want to move a little bit more. The small rowing machine offers eight manually-adjustable resistance levels and a clear display that shows the most important training values.

    • No fuss – just row! The Duke Fitness rowing machine gives you a simple rowing experience.
    • No need to hide it! You can if you want to, though! The Duke Fitness rowing machine can be folded up to save space.
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    499,00 €
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Train joint-gently the whole body with a rowing machine

Hardly any other stamina sport demands so many muscles like rowing. About 80% of the body muscles are trained doing a complete rowing movement: the legs are angled and stretched, the torso is bent and actively leant back, the arms do the rest.

Keeping in mind that not only legs, back and arms are used, but shoulders, abs, and gluteal muscles are activated as well, rowing is meant to be a complete whole-body training. Besides strengthening the muscles, the musculoskeletal system and improving the posture, rowing also trains the cardiovascular system and the stamina. In addition, many persons use a rowing machine to stimulate especially the fat burning. Because many muscle groups are demanded for the course of motion, a rowing machine is considered as a real "calory burn machine".

Rowing trains about 80% of the muscles
Rowing trains about 80% of the muscles

Like swimming or training on an elliptical cross trainer, ergometer or bike, rowing is also one of the most joint-gentle kinds of sport. Due to the smooth movement, the joints do not face any jerky push movements. In view of the fact that rowing machines are suitable for an effective and joint-gentle whole body training, independent of age and fitness level, they have become approved in rehab and prevention as well as at thousands of private households. Compared to rowing in the open air, you can train with an indoor rowing machine also at home at every time and no matter what's the weather.

Rowing machine purchase advice - cantilever or cable pull technology

A rowing machine is not a rowing machine. Rowing machines differ mainly in their design. On principle, the rowing machines with are available with cantilever or cable pull system.

Rowing machines with cantilever technology

Rowing machines with cantilever technology feature separate left-right-handles. Though it looks like rowing on water, the cantilever models are not very recommendable even for rowing beginners due to their inharmonic courses of motion and unbalanced resistance effects. In addition, the frequently used hydraulic resistance cylinders are quickly worn, so that these rowing machines do not make a lot of fun.

Examples for rowing machines with cantilever or cable pull
Left: rowing machine with cantilever / Right: rowing machine with modern cable pull

Rowing machines with cable pull technology

It's very different for rowing machines with cable pull system. Together with a rolling seat quickly and smoothly sliding over the rails, this construction allows a balanced and long stretched rowing movement is made possible - where a cable pull hand is pulled with both hands.

Resistance system of the rowing machines

The other big difference between the indoor rowers is the brake system. Besides the already mentioned hydraulic cylinders, the magnetic brake or eddy current brake - like it is often found with other fitness machines like exercise bike or elliptical cross trainer - are really wide-spread as resistance system.

Rowing machines with eddy current brake or magnetic brake

Compared to the magnetic brake, rowing machines with eddy current brake offer an even more precise resistance setting and, in general, a higher maximum resistance. Thus, they are mainly used for the middle or higher price category. The strokes of both brakes systems are considered to be smooth: As measured by the effort, one stroke is similar to the next (for unchanged resistance setting).

Realistic rowing with water resistance

Rowing machines made of wood with water resistance
Nice design and natural water resistance

An absolutely realistic rowing experience is achieved by a system that uses water as resistance. A rowing machine with water resistance system simulates precisely rowing in the open nature. Because the resistance is varied by the water filling volume in the water tank and the individual traction of every stroke: The more intensive the stroke, the more resistance is generated. Thus, the user determines the intensity individually with every stroke – either very light or very hard.

In contrast to a rowing machine with magnetic brake system, the water wheel principle minimizes the risk to make a wrong setting of the resistance. Another advantage of water as resistance element is that you hear a pleasant babbling for every stroke. Consequently rowing with a water resistance system is noticeably close to the original sport.

Windwheel resistance - more than hot air

Besides that there are also rowing machines which work similarly. Here, the brake effect is not regulated by water but by air. A rowing machine with air resistance sytsem also allows smooth and jerk-free strokes. Depending upon the model, the airflow generated with every stroke might refresh the user but also reduce the silence.

Hybride resistance systems offer advantages of air and magnetic system

Rowing machine with resistance setting on the handle
Rowing machine with resistance setting on the handle (Taurus RX7)

On the other hand there are continuously improved rowing machines, which combine the advantages of the air-resistance system with those of the magnetic or eddy current brake systeM. The resistance levels of these so-called hybrid rowing machines is either frequently electronically preset via the handle or the resistance works depending upon the traction. A hybrid rowing machine is suitable for easy starting with rowing training as well as for the advanced workout of rowing enthusiasts. The combi resistance system allow perfect stroke movements for low as well as maximum load.

The rowing machine – Stability and equipment

Besides the brake system, there are further - partially - big differences between rowing machines.

Stable indoor rowers for more intensive workouts

Regarding stability of a rowing machine, the frame design is important. In general, the frame of a rowing machine, where the sliding seat runs ona double rail, is more stable than that with a mono rail. The own weight and the size of the floor space influence the sturdiness and safety. All in all: The more stable a rowing machine, the higher is the maximum weight loadability and the more durable is the machine. Rowing machines with high stability are much safer for intensive training sessions with powerful strokes.

Equipment that makes the training more comfortable

Training computer of a rowing machine
Training computer with all important training data

Further distinctive differences concern the general equipment of a rowing machine. A big, well readable, easy-to-use training computer increases the training comfort enormously. In this respect, rowing machines with training computer are recommendable, which offer a large number of training programmes. In addition, they provide a lot of diversion and increase the motivation for a long time to use the rowing machine regularly and achieve the set fitness targets.

Furthermore, some indoor rowers offer a pc interface for direct connection with the computer at home in order to use respective rowing software programmes. That way, i. e., workouts can be analysed more in detail. Depending upon the model, training data can be transmitted from the training computer to a mobile memory device (USB stick). That's very advantageous, when you train elsewhere with a compatible rowing machine, i. e., at the gym, the rehab or on holiday.

Apart from rowing machines with electronic magnetic brake or eddy current brake, the rowing machines with air and water resistance system do not need to be connected to the power supply. Thus these rowing machines are ideal for commercial facilities or home sportsmen, who want to place their rowing machine freely in the living space.

Rowing machines with folding mechanism

Rowing machines can be folded up space-efficiently
Many rowing machines can be folded up space-efficiently

A maximum comfort is given, when the rowing machine is equipped with transport wheels to get it stored easily and compactly after the training. Manufacturers use different folding mechanisms. The users of rowing machines with a water tank get a maximum of comfort. These machines are easily and comfortably placed upright without removing water beforehand and require just a space of a chair in this position. In addition, these rowing machines are harmonic in every living space due to their stylish quality made of real wood (beech, oak, ash, cherry, walnut) or high-quality stainless steel and metal.

The advantages of rowing in an overview:

Rowing demands many muscle groups
Rowing demands many muscle groups
  • Rowing is an ideal whole-body training for your cardiovascular system or for fat burning
  • Rowing offers the perfect combination of strength, stamina, and concentration
  • Rowing trains your muscles, your musculoskeletal system, and your posture
  • Rowing optimises your performance and balance
  • Rowing protects the joints

Tips for correct rowing

In order to benefit from many positive effects of rowing, the correct doing of the rowing technique is very decisive. In contrast to the training with an elliptical cross trainer, where the course of motion is given to a large extent, rowing is a more demanding course of motion. When the technique is learned patiently and correctly from the beginning, a healthier, better, and quicker rowing is ensured in the long term. Please watch this training instructions for correct rowing. Here our sports scientist explains to you in detail the ideal rowing technique. Untrained sportsmen and rowing beginners should learn the basics at a low resistance first. That offers the additional advantage that muscle groups - mainly of arms and legs - can get used to the higher demand.

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