The use of a rowing machine is quite prevalent as part of a fitness regime. While the action can stimulate and improve rowing technique and performance, it also enhances the physical fitness levels of the person training. The action mimics the actual motion used when rowing out on the water. For rowers, this is the perfect way to fine-tune the body in all the right places.
Air and Magnets
Magnetic-resistance rowing machines make use of electromagnets which provide a braking effect on a flywheel. The resistance is usually easily adjusted, however, the machines are bulky and cannot be compactly stored away. Air resistant rowing machines are no less bulky and space-consuming. The resistance offered is provided through the use of a cylindrical fan blade flywheel. Resistance is built up as you pull the handlebars.
Water and Pistons
Water resistance rowing machines provide the most real feel when compared with rowing on the water. The machine features a water tank with paddles. The paddles spin as you pull the handlebars. The resistance is adjustable to a degree through the removal or adding of water to the tank. These machines are large, bulky and heavy. Hydraulic pistons are used to drive the resistance on piston resistance rowing machines. The handlebars on these machines are fixed, allowing for more of an arm workout than a leg or full body one. They are compact, easy to store, and relatively easy to squeeze into your budget.
These Ash, Oak and Cherry wood machines are not the cheapest but well worth every penny. Resistance is offered through the patented water-filled flywheel. The machines are quiet, making use of a rope rather than a much noisier chain. Storage is easy, taking up little space when packed upright, the water tank as the stabilizing unit. The design is one that was the brainchild of ex-US national team rower, John Duke, and it shows.