A rowing machine is arguably the best full-body workout machine you should have in your home today. Anyone can use it and it offers a great low-impact cardiovascular workout so you won't be placing any unnecessary stress on your joints. And with the constant pulling and pushing done while rowing, you'll build and define muscles in your upper and lower body. Figuring out that buying a rowing machine because of the multitude of benefits it will provide you is the easy part. Trying to narrow down which one to get out of the dozens available on the market today is the difficult part. To make things much easier for you, I'll go over the key steps you should follow that will show you how to buy a rowing machine.
Step 1 - Determine if you have enough space
A typical rowing machine requires the same amount of floor space an average two-seat sofa takes up so make sure you have enough space. Keep in mind that your back and head will be extended past the length of the seat rail when pulling the handle so the more space you have available the better.
Step 2 - Determine what your budget is
The price range for a rowing machine is ~$125 - $4,200 and there's a lot to choose from so determining a budget will naturally narrow down the field. It will also prevent you from falling in love with a higher-priced rowing machine with extensive features you don't need. Making a budget is important but sticking with is key and will end up saving you money.
Step 3 - Determine what you plan to use it for
Yes, you're going to use the rower to workout but there are a few things you need to consider:
1. Is this for home or commercial use?
All machines are ready for home use, but most are not built tough enough to withstand the punishment it would receive at a health club. Make sure if you intend to purchase a rower for commercial use that you pick one that's commercial-grade.
2. Are you an off-season rower planning to use this machine to train?
The great thing about rowing machines is that everyone - people of all fitness levels - can use it including off-season rowers. If you're an off-season rower looking for a machine to train on, your best bet is to pick a machine that best simulates the rowing experience you're used to on water such as an air or water resistance rower (I go over all resistance types in Step 4 below).
3. How many people are going to use it?
If you're not going to be the only one using it, chances are the other people who are have different strength and fitness levels. Make sure to pick a machine with adjustable resistance so people of all fitness levels can enjoy the rower. Even if the machine is just for you, adjustable resistance is a great option because as your strength and fitness level increase, so does the resistance offered by the machine so you won't have to worry about "outgrowing" it.
Step 4 - Learn about the different resistance types
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