Rowing machines have come a long way over the past one hundred years, not only as a staple for training champion rowers but also as a favorite of home exercise enthusiasts.
They help to burn calories while increasing cardiovascular strength. Because they involve so many muscle groups, they lead to overall muscle tone. And their non-impact design has made them the choice of youths to senior citizens
An enormous range of machines is available to the home user. Many depend on a flywheel that is set in motion when the handles are pulled. Seats may remain stationary or move toward the flywheel. In all cases, resistance is added to simulate the drag that water would have on a boat as it is rowed.
Air resistance rowing machines incorporate an open fan-like flywheel that simulates the friction of real rowing. Hydraulic resistance rowing machines, introduced back in 1988, depend for hydraulic principles to create drag. Similarly, magnetic resistance rowers are controlled by interfering with the momentum of the wheel, in this case by varying the degree of magnetic force. Water resistance rowers, a more recent innovation, demand that the user overcome the inertia of a compact tank of water while creating in some cases a gentle, boat-like sound.
When considering a rowing machine, its storage and portability may be kept in mind. Several models fold up out of the way. Electronic control panels today can keep track of the rate of strokes you are taking, your heart rate, distance traveled and duration of your workout. And resistance can be finely adjusted manually or electronically to help you grow in strength and endurance.
You can Also browse our other cardio equipment products such us our Heart Rate Monitor section to complete your full exercise routine and training.