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Buying a rowing machine

Whether you're an exercise newbie or full-time fitness fanatic, we'll help you find the best rower for your workout needs.

Rowing machine guide.

Rowing machine benefits

Rowing machines provide a full body workout engaging all the major muscle groups. They work on both strength and cardiovascular fitness simultaneously, accelerating calorie burn while helping to tone and improve stamina. They're low impact too, with very little strain placed on your joints and because of the large range of motion required, rowing machines can even improve flexibility. It's the machine that keeps on giving...

Choosing the best rowing machine for you

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Entry-level rowing machine.

Entry-level rowing machine

Best for: General fitness

Resistance type: Manual, hydraulic or corded

Max user weight: Ranges between 100 and 120kg

Mid-range rowing machine.

Mid-range rowing machine

Best for: General fitness and strength building

Resistance type: Magnetic, electronic or air

Max user weight: Ranges between 100 and 120kg

Get to know rowing machine types

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Air rowing machine.

Air rowing machine

These air rowers use a flywheel to generate air resistance as you pull the handle. The resistance level can normally be set by you, but it's also determined by how fast you row - the faster you go, the greater the resistance.

    Magnetic rowing machine

    Magnetic rowers also use a flywheel, but resistance is generated by a magnetic braking mechanism within it, making them a lot quieter. When you set the resistance level it won't change with your rowing speed.

    Hydraulic rowing machine

    Usually the cheapest option, hydraulic machines use hydraulic pistons to produce resistance. The resistance can be adjusted and it's the only type of rower where your arms work independently from each other.

    Folding rowing machines

    Rowing machines are one of the smallest pieces of fitness equipment, but if you're lacking in space you still won't want it getting in the way. Folding versions make it much easier to store away when you've finished your workout.

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