Rowing Machines: A Buying Guide
Rowing machines vary in prices greatly and they range from top-of-the-range machines that are found in gyms that can cost thousands of dollars but there are also some good machines that cost slightly less and there are also some good rowers that are in the lower range category. In light of this the client needs to remember that the more expensive the rowing machine the better the quality of the machine.
The methods of control of resistance for rowing machines is also a vital consideration since rowing machines have various ways of controlling the resistance which also affects the smoothness and the feel of the rowing action and even the noise of the actual workout. It is good to state that most expensive machines use air or fan resistance that involves having airflow through the enclosed flywheel at the front that can at times be noisy but they still offer the best forms of resistance because they automatically adapt to the intensity of the rowing stroke. There are some water rowers that create water resistance whereby a flywheel is immersed in a water tank at the front and though these are a bit expensive. They offer intelligent resistance because the person can simply row harder if they want to increase the resistance and the person can ease it off if the individual seeks to make the workout easier and they offer a smooth, realistic and quiet workout. The purchaser can get a rower that uses magnetic resistance or a combination of both magnetic and air resistance that some people find more convenient because they offer fixed resistance levels that can easily be adjusted through a lever or an LCD display unit in some cases. There are entry level machines that use hydraulic resistance to manage the intensity of the workout and they do not last very long like the other machines and it can be complicated adjusting the resistance due to the fact that the hydraulic cylinder and the resistance lever is located underneath the main frame.
Size is also a pertinent consideration since if the person lives in an apartment they have limited space in the house thus it is worth looking at the exact dimensions of all the rowers that they are considering buying since they do not want to get a rower that takes up a lot of space. Apart from considering the actual dimensions of the rower the buyer also needs to leave some space behind the machine each time they complete the rowing stroke and it is best to buy a machine that can be folded away when it is not being used.