When it comes to arm workouts, rowing machines are unbeatable, which is probably why there is never a long line for this machine at the gym. It is, however, an excellent way to get in great shape without having to work out for hours at a time, and it is particularly useful for at-home workouts.
Hydrow, a fitness technology company, has launched a premium connected rowing machine that includes an HD screen as well as live coaching sessions recorded in some of the world’s most beautiful locations.
Rowing engages 86 percent of the body's muscles, according to the brand, and a "Hydrow workout burns more calories than any other home workout."
This new smart rower is similar to a Peloton, and it will get you excited about rowing while also getting your heart pumping.
As a result, a rower is an excellent choice for your home gym, and as luck would have it, a fascinating new system has recently launched in the United Kingdom. The Hydrow is the Peloton of rowing machines, with a built-in 56cm (22in) screen on which you can follow guided workouts.
Not bad at all! The unit is very large, measuring 218 cm in length and weighing 65 kilograms.
Even though it’s big, it’s still pretty sleek, which is good because it’ll take up a lot of room in whatever room you put it in. On the plus side, it can be stored upright to save room.
The rower is well-built, with ten rollers on the seat and rail to provide the smoothest ride possible. The footrests are well placed and suitable for people of all sizes. The 22-inch HD screen is mounted on a hinged bracket that can be adjusted to make viewing as convenient as possible when rowing.
There are also yoga, Pilates, and strength classes available, which can be accessed by turning the screen 25 degrees left or right.
Android technology is used on the HD touchscreen panel. It’s sharp and quick to react. Logging in is really easy and takes just a few minutes. You can sign up for a $52 per month subscription that grants you access to over 1000 pre-recorded and live lessons.
View the leader board, the length, pace, store per minute, 500m split time, averages, total distance, calories, and heart rate on the screen, which are all clearly displayed.
There are 11 coaches on hand, including experienced rowers, ex-Olympic athletes, and others, who can help you achieve your rowing and fitness goals. Rowing along the canals of Miami Beach or Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, among other places, is the best part of the workout. This is a great way to get out of the house and “travel” while still getting in a good workout, particularly during lockdowns.
The Hydrow app has a catalogue of on-demand workouts, as well as the option to schedule live workouts if you want a more social experience. The courses are taught by top athletes, including Olympians, and are broadcast live from waters all over the world, which is a far cry from seeing a teacher on a simulator in a studio.
When you need a break from the machine, the app also has other classes like yoga and Pilates.
When you don’t feel like taking a lesson, the Hydrorow app lets you row along scenic waterways at your own speed, making for a relaxing and immersive experience. The unit itself is designed to mimic the sensation of being on the water, with a computer-controlled drag mechanism.
The price, as is always the case, is the catch. The Hydrow machine is £2,295 and the monthly app fee is £38. Furthermore, although the Hydrow can be folded and stored upright to save space, doing so requires purchasing the upright storage kit, which costs an additional £69.99.