Rowing Machine Buying Guide
Rowing Machines 101
Types of Rowing Machines
Free Motion Rower
Types of Resistance
Air Resistance Rowers
Hydraulic Resistance Rowers
Magnetic Resistance Rowers
Water Resistance Rowers
Rowing Machine Safety Tips:
• Always inspect the machine carefully before use
• Never allow unsupervised children to play or tamper with your rowing machine
• If the machine malfunctions stop using it immediately: consult your warranty options or have it repaired professionally
Rowing Machine Features
Bar or Handle +
The bar or handle is the part of the rowing machine that you grip and pull toward yourself to create the rowing motion. The handle is attached to the rower by a cable. When shopping for a rowing machine, you should consider how the grip will feel in your hands as part of your selection process.
The flywheel is part of the mechanism that creates the resistance you encounter during rowing. The different types of rowers use a variety of different methods to produce the actual resistance. Many machines allow you to control the level of resistance by adjusting the drag on the spinning flywheel.
Saddle or Seat +
The saddle or seat of a rowing machine is a key to user comfort and performance. Some seats are stationary while others slide back and forth. A sliding seat enhances the aerobic aspect of your workout.
Some rowing machines feature a digital console that tracks various aspects of your workout. Depending on the model, the console could track one or more of your stroke rate, speed, time, calories burned, distance rowed and heart rate.
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Rowing Machine Maintenance Tips:
• Spray the pedals directly to get rid of dirt or grime
• Wipe down the handles and seat after every use
• Lubricate all moving parts with a spray lube
• Tighten any loose bolts and screws regularly