A rowing machine is one of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment. Not only does it build muscle very quickly, it can also simulataneously provide a very good cardiovascular workout. Its no wonder then that many top athletes choose a rowing machine for working out when they are short on time and need to get the most efficient workout done.
Today, lets look at what are some things you should keep in mind when you are thinking of purchasing a rowing machine for home use.
Rowing Machine for Home – Top Considerations before you buy
Floor Space and Storage
When it comes to choosing a rowing machine for home usage, the top consideration you should think about is the amount of floor space the machine will take up when in use and a proper storage place for the machine when you are not using it. Keep in mind that a rowing machine will take up 6 feet of length while in use with another 4 feet of width. After use, you want a machine which can be stowed away upright or slid under your bed. So first of all measure out the space where you will use it and find a space where you will store it. These are then the constraints that you can work with.
Type of Resistance offered
When you use a rowing machine, you are pulling aganist resistance. This resistance is created through a few different mechanisms based on the machine. The most common ones are
- Magnetic Resistance
- Air Resistance
- Water Tank Based Resistance
- Hydraulic Piston Based Resistance
Of these 4 types, the Hydraulic piston based rowing machines are the most compact and also fairly quiet. These are also fairly inexpensive and are a good choice for beginners. Air Resistance machines take up more space and are a little more noisy. They provide resistance using a fan. The rowing motion on these machines is very smooth. The machines themselves can be quite noisy.
Water tank based rowing machines provide you the closest feel to actually rowing on water. These are used often by competitive rowers. These machines can be noisy and due to their water tank, heavy and also take up a lot of space.
Finally, we have the magnetic resistance based rowers which provide resistance from weighted magnets placed on the flywheel. Magnetic rowers are quickly becoming very popular as they have a smooth motion, low noise and can provide a wide range of resistance for all levels of athletes. Magnetic rowing machines are also very popular in gyms since they require very little maintenance and last for a long time.
Features and Budget
Rowing machines usually have a small display up front which shows you various stats related to your workout. Advanced machines even integrate with a heart rate monitor to show you detailed stats including calories burned, force expended and many more. Take a look at the features offered on the machines that you are considering.
Finally, rowing machines are available across a variety of budgets. Starting from around INR 20,000 going as high as INR 200,000. So before you begin your hunt, it is a good idea to have an approximate budget in mind. This will help you in narrowing down your choices available for purchase.
Rowing Machine Buying Guide India – Wrap Up
Rowing machines are a wonderful piece of equipment and if you have the space and budget can easily become your one stop exercise machine. I hope these details help you in your search for the perfect rowing machine. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments.