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Rowing Machines Better Business Bureau Reliability Seal

Buy Your Rowing Machine with Rogue Fitness Today! If youíre looking for a great all-body workout that wonít kill your joints, a rowing machine may be exactly what you need. Although rowers arenít usually as popular or well-known as treadmills and ellipticals, they are an excellent choice for virtually every type of exerciser.

In fact, rowing machines have seen a rise in popularity lately, largely due to their use in Crossfit workouts. Why? First, using a rowing machine allows you to work on cardio and strength at the same time - which saves YOU time as well. As you push with your lower body and pull with your upper body, your heart rate increases while building strength in your legs, abs, and arms. And, using your whole body means that youíre easily burning the same amount of calories as a workout on a treadmill or stair climber.

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Rowing Machine Reviews

5 stars
Rogue

ROGUETopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Rogue prides itself on its made-in-the-USA rowers, and America has returned the favor by making them the hottest name in rowing machines. Especially in the Crossfit world, their Concept 2 rowers have set the standard for getting an excellent all-body workout over 10 levels of resistance. Rogue is our top pick for rowing machines for home or gym use. Read More... Visit
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4.5 stars
Horizon

HORIZON

As part of the Johnson Health Tech brand, Horizon Fitness has a solid reputation spanning more than 40 years and an ďA+Ē rating with the Better Business Bureau. Although theyíre best known for other types of cardio equipment, their Horizon Oxford 5 rowing machine has an impressive 30 programs and a more generous return policy than many competitors.
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3.5 stars
Life Fitness

LIFE FITNESS

LifeFitness is one of the most recognized brands for fitness equipment. Their rowing machines are well-constructed and often found in homes and health clubs alike. They offer two models of rowers, both of which include resistance using a water tank system. Their prices are on the higher side, including a restocking fee of up to $500 if you choose to return your rowing machine.
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3.5 stars
NordicTrack

NORDICTRACK

NordicTrack is a well-known name when it comes to home fitness equipment. Their rowing machine, the RW200, provides a good entry-level workout for exercisers new to rowing but may not offer enough of a challenge to experienced rowers. A 250-lb. weight limit also makes it an unsuitable option for larger individuals.
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2.5 stars
Sole Fitness

SOLE FITNESS

Primarily targeting the hotel workout room market, SOLE has been providing exercise equipment throughout North America for decades. Their SR500 rower is the only rowing machine we found that conveniently allows exercisers to control the resistance levels from the handlebar. However, its parent company, Fitness Equipment Services LLC, had a ďD-Ē rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review, with numerous unresolved complaints that could mean trouble for customers.
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2 stars
Pro Form

PRO-FORM

If youíre looking for rock-bottom prices on a basic rowing machine, youíll find it at Pro-Form. A 30-day money back guarantee and free shipping also make it a good deal. But, major issues with Pro-Formís outdated website will probably have you looking for your next rower with one of their competitors.
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Also, rowing machines give you a low-impact workout. Whether youíre an avid exerciser looking to mix up your training routine or youíre new to working out, youíll find that rowers donít pound your knees and ankles like many forms of cardiovascular exercise. Rowing is also a common choice for people recovering from an injury, specifically because it offers an all-body workout while still being gentle on the joints.

Rowing machines provide resistance in one of three ways: air, fluid (water), magnetic, and hydraulic. Air resistance is the most common: your workout will turn a flywheel, which creates the resistance you need. These tend to be somewhat noisy compared with other kinds of resistance. Water resistance rowers can provide a quieter, smoother workout; instead of turning a flywheel against the air, you turn paddles in a water tank. Many people find that the action of using this type of rower more closely imitates the feel of rowing on an actual body of water. On the other hand, magnetic resistance rowing machines donít replicate the feel of rowing on water, but they tend to operate even more quietly and to be more compact than water resistance models.

As you shop for a rowing machine, youíll find quite a range of options and price points among the available retailers. What should you keep in mind as you compare rowers? Consider the following:

  • Cost. Does the retailer offer a rowing machine that fits in your budget?
  • Resistance. Does the machine use air, water, or magnetic resistance? Do you need a rower that closely imitates the feel of rowing on the water, or are you just looking for a good workout? How many levels of resistance are provided?
  • Storage. Can the rowing machine be stored vertically, saving you floor space when itís not in use?
  • Return Policy. Does the retailer allow you to return the rower? If so, will you get a full refund or will you be charged a restocking fee?
  • Warranty. How long will the company cover the machine - parts, labor, console, and so on - if something breaks?

TopConsumerReviews has reviewed and ranked the best rowing machines available today. We hope these reviews help you find the best rower to help you achieve your fitness goals!

Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins to compete in British Rowing Indoor Championships

OLYMPIC hero Sir Bradley Wiggins has swapped his bike for a rowing machine in a shock new change of sport. The five-time gold medal winner and 2012 Tour de France champion will compete over 2,000m at the British Rowing Indoor Championships on December 9.

Published:  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:59:00 GMT



Sir Bradley Wiggins set to swap cycling for rowing

Sir Bradley Wiggins' return to competition has been confirmed, with the five-time Olympic cycling champion swapping his bike for an indoor rowing machine. British Rowing on Friday announced Wiggins' participation in the December 9 event at the Lee ...

Published:  Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:18:00 GMT



Taking indoor rowing out of this world

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are testing a state-of-the-art rowing machine to help keep them in top shape. This is no easy mission in the zero-gravity environment of space. Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who will join ...

Published:  Tue, 07 Nov 2017 01:23:00 GMT



Bradley Wiggins to return to competition at indoor rowing event

Five-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins will return to competition next month after swapping his bike for an indoor rowing machine. British Rowing announced on Friday that Wiggins would participate in the British Rowing Indoor Championships on ...

Published:  Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:25:00 GMT



Rowing-Wiggins to swap pedals for oars at indoor championships

The 37-year-old former Tour de France winner and five-times Olympic cycling gold medallist will take part in the rowing machine race over 2,000 metres on Dec. 9 at London's Olympic velodrome, where he set a one-hour cycling world record. Wiggins ...

Published:  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:29:00 GMT



Wiggins to take on GB Rowing Team at British Indoor Championships

But the numbers he was producing on the rowing machine proved too good and the 37-year-old has since taken up the sport professionally, receiving coaching from two-time Olympic champion James Cracknell. He's not the first Team GB athlete to switch ...

Published:  Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT



Battle lines drawn for Scottish Rowing Schools Indoor Championships

A growing awareness of the league has undoubtedly played its part to the upsurge of interest, but so has the inclusion of rowing machines in school gyms, especially in the new build schools. Neither Hermitage Academy nor Balfron High School fit the ...

Published:  Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:45:00 GMT



Owatonna Middle School enjoying state-of-the-art fitness machines thanks to generosity of Cybex

In the conditioning class, for example, students rotate for optimal exercise, using treadmills and bikes for "pure cardio" and the Arc Trainers and rowing machines "for total body" work. "Everything was custom-designed for Owatonna," and the ...

Published:  Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:59:00 GMT



Wiggins returns to competitive sport at indoor rowing champs

Wiggins retired from cycling last year after winning a fifth Olympic gold in the Rio de Janeiro Games. He has since enjoyed rowing on an indoor machine for fitness, sharing images of his workouts on social media. Wiggins this week said he was put through ...

Published:  Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:17:00 GMT



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