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When it comes to a well-rounded fitness program, a lot can be gained by adding a rowing machine. As a former Olympic powerlifter and sports performance coach, I believe that rowing machines have an important place in athletes’ cardio training. I tested one of the most popular rowing machines on the market, the Hydrow, to see how this can elevate at-home workouts. As you read on, keep your own specific needs and fitness goals in mind. Users might be looking to advance their speed on the water or decrease the number of strokes they need by increasing power output. A Hydrow machine can give easy access to a low-impact recovery session or a high intensity cardio workout.
Hydrow Rower ($2,495, hydrow.com)
Why Choose a Rower
Why do I love rowers? The hinge-and-pull mechanics are foundational to most compound movements for strength training — as well as for everyday health. Envision, for a moment, the motions you make as you pick up or pull objects. These same movements are mimicked in rowing. It’s these types of movements that make rowing a full-body workout that can especially help strengthen your upper back and posture.
A rowing program can be a great full body workout on its own or supplement a more comprehensive program. I often use a rower as a warm up, cool down or a high intensity interval training (HIIT) finisher.
When I look for the right high intensity fitness equipment, I’m putting comfort and function at the