The rowing machine is a great way to get a full body workout. This machine provides a low-impact exercise regimen that does not damage your joints but gives your core a great workout. The muscle groups used when rowing include the thighs, calf, glutes, abs, back, arms and shoulders, so a rowing machine will work your entire body and not just parts like some fitness machines. The best thing about these machines is that compared to elliptical trainers or exercise bikes, their prices are often competitive or at least comparable. Rowing machines for home use tend to be categorized into three types. There is a hydraulic, magnetic or air rower. Deciding which option is best for you will be under budget among other factors.

The home hydraulic rowing machine is usually the cheapest option available among these fitness equipment, but it is still an effective and sunny health and fitness rower.  Many create resistance by the user who pulls against the shock absorber arrangement that can be adjusted for resistance. Usually this machine is light in weight and has a relatively flat frame, so it is easier to fold and store and because of the simple arrangement it is cheap. Simple construction also tends to last longer because it has fewer moving parts or mechanisms to malfunction over time and use. Expect to pay $150 for a quality hydraulic rowing machine for home use.

The second most expensive range of the machine is the magnetic rowing machine. It obviously develops resistance via a magnetic field system acting on the flywheel to create fracture and resistance. The main difference between these machines from hydraulic machines is that they are much smoother in operation. Other than that, it won’t fold as well and more parts that can go bad over time. A basic magnetic rowing machine will cost you $180, but a quality machine will cost more like $280.

If you want to pamper yourself with the best that money can buy, then you should choose professionals. The professional’s choice is air kayaking because it is very similar to real water kayaking. Air rowers generate resistance as the rower pulls in, sucking air into the machine and expelling. The harder and faster the pull of the resistance, the stiffer the resistance becomes as more air is forced into the machine as the pressure increases. These machines are not really designed to fold but will last a lifetime, no matter how short-term your convenience. Expect to pay at least $400 for a cheap model but $900 for a quality air paddle.


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