With all the different kinds of rowing machines on the market, it can be tough to know what your best options are. So I just want to quickly run you through some of the different ways these indoor rowers have been built so that you can find out what the best one for you is.
Magnetically Powered Rowing Machine
Using this type of rower the flywheel is powered by the energy which you generate through your movement. You see, when using a rowing machine you are pulling to and fro and it’s this motion which is leveraged to spin the flywheel. This means that once you get going and you pull back again for your forthcoming strokes the resistance is there from the flywheel.
Many people say that this type of rower is the smoothest. Experts recommend this type if you have been experiencing any back problems because of this.
Water Rowing Machine
This next one is for people who really want to get the natural feeling of rowing whilst doing they’re workout. This idea was come up with the Waterrower brand and I believe they may have even patented it.This works by moving a paddle through an attached water tank and is very unique compared to the standard models.
The resistance can be calibrated by filling in more or less water. The illusion gets perfect when you hear during your workouts the sound of splashing water. Close your eyes and you are in the center of a silent lake.
Hydraulic Rowing Machines
This has kind of become the industry standard and is a snap. It works with pistons and is usually the type that you would find it gyms across the world.
This system has been around for many years. Resistance is generated by a hydraulic cylinder which creates counter-pressures at forward and backward motion. The strength of resistance can be changed by adjusting the leverage or by adjusting each cylinder. And here is the first disadvantage of this system: It will take a certain time until both cylinders are set on a single level. Moreover, these cylinders have a limited lifespan.
The second disadvantage would be that the reversal points of the movement are working against a smooth exercise. Each time you want to move to another direction the hydraulic cylinders are resisting.
This is not the best option if you are over the age of 40 as it can cause damage to joints, muscles, and tendons.
Air Rowing Machine
These machines give you the best and most realistic feeling of rowing.
As you workout oxygen will fill the air drive that these are built with which will build up the resistance. These are used by many athletes and often used at the Olympic games as they provide one of the best workouts in the most realistic way.
By this point I hope that you have grasped the different workings of each unique machine. You may even have an idea about which type of rower you think would suit you the most. But before jumping ahead and going and buying one right away, be sure to read reviews of different models and learn what you can about them.[ratings]