Commonly called an ergometer, this machine is a piece of gym equipment that is designed to mimic the actions of the muscles used when rowing a boat.
The machines are particularly useful for those seeking a low impact form of exercise that is proven to both help with calorie loss and building muscle.
All the machines have 2 basic components that are the same. One of these is the sliding seat and the other is that varying levels of resistance can be applied to this. It is this resistance that will burn the calories and help build up the muscle.
The resistance can be provided by a variety of different methods including air, fluid or wind. A water rowing machine will provide the nearest experience to rowing a boat whereas a hydraulic (powered by air or fluid) machine is a good choice when space is tight.
Ergometers are a great choice for those wanting to improve their overall aerobic fitness, build or tone up their muscles and improve their stamina. One machine is able to provide a workout for both the upper and lower body.
Another key advantage is that ergometers are low impact which means that in comparison to some other pieces of gym equipment, such as the treadmill, less stress is placed upon the joints of the body when in use.
A rowing machine for sale can cost anywhere between £85 and £15,000 depending on the specifications of the model.
At the lower end of the scale, a cheap rowing machine will offer a few options of resistance and be simple to operate, ideal for the infrequent or casual user. At the opposite end of the scale, the ergometer will offer more modes and computer operated feedback.
The material from which it is made will also make a difference to the price. Machines that are composed of a steel frame are often much cheaper than those made from expensive wood.
As mentioned above, if you only intend to use the ergometer occasionally then there is no reason to spend a lot of money as you can buy a cheap rowing machine that will easily meet your needs.
If space is tight, it may be worth considering buying a foldable rowing machine. These will still offer the various modes as a standard machine yet can easily be stored away when not in use.
A person in training for competition will be better placed to buy a water rowing machine as this provides a truer representation of competing outside. However, for the non competitive person, air rowing machines are a better choice as are compact yet still offer a variety of modes and feedback.