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Rowing Machine Types 101- A Brief Overview

If you have finally made up your mind to purchase a rowing machine, congratulations! This means that you have probably figured out the space in your home where you plan to place it, and even fixed a budget. But did you decide about the type of resistance you are looking for in your rowing machine? If not, below is a guide to help you decide the same.


What are the different rowing machine types available to buy?

Rowing machines are classified on basis of their resistance. In real-life rowing scenario,, resistance is provided by water. For indoor rowers, the resistance is replicated by other means. There are broadly four types of rowing machines you could consider to buy.

  1. Air Rowers

These machines produce resistance using air which flows over a flywheel. It provides automatic resistance where it adjusts according to the intensity of your exercise. While it is the most popular choice for indoor rowers, this can be a little noisy.

  1. Water Rowers

This contains a tank of water connected to the chain and handles of the rowing machine, giving a more realistic rowing feel. These provide smooth, consistence resistance and with less noise. But it’s larger and demands more space.


  1. Magnetic Rowers

These work by adjusting the distance between strong magnets and the spinning flywheel. The flywheel is attached to the handle, just like air rowers. It is the very quiet in operation and is compact in size. Some of the magnetic rowers are even foldable.

  1. Hydraulic Rowers

These rowing machines use pistons for resistance. Adjustment to resistance is made by levers or clamps. These are the cheapest and quietest, but are not very comfortable to use and need high maintenance.

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