This $2,200 rowing machine is poised to be the Peloton of at-home rowers — here’s why it’s worth the investment

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Working out at home can be tedious and grueling but a high-quality rowing machine can make it much more enjoyable.
The best at-home rowers should mimic the proper rowing motion and work most of your muscles for a complete, full-body workout.
The Hydrow Rowing Machine is a new at-home rower that offers workout content similarly to Peloton in that there are live and on-demand workouts catering to whatever level of intensity you want. You can even compare your performance to other users.
Though it’s expensive at $2,200, the Hydrow comes with a six-year warranty on the frame and the company constantly improves the software for a better user experience.

Updated on 6/29/2020 by Rick Stella: Updated the copy, added the Ergatta Rower as an alternative, checked the pricing and availability of Hydrow, and updated the formatting and links throughout.

The popularity of interactive at-home workout machines continues to grow with brands like Peloton and NordicTrack leading the charge. Though similar at-home products have been around for years, advancements in the space have allowed these machines to be highly effective workout tools and more widely accessible.

Take the above-mentioned Peloton, for example. What started as a simple group cycling class seven years ago has since expanded into an at-home stationary bike outfit with highly interactive videos and classes. Put plainly, it’s revolutionized our relationship with the stationary bike — and the startup is now estimated to be worth $4 billion.

But one nitpick some have with these bikes is how the machines tend to neglect your upper body. This is where the Hydrow Rowing Machine comes in, an at-home rower poised to become the Peloton of rowing.

Unlike cycling, rowing is said to engage 86% of your muscles. With this $2,200 at-home unit, you can participate in live or on-demand rowing classes led by world-class athletes, all in the comfort of your living room.

Curious about its benefits, I tried Hydrow for a month. Here’s what I thought of the experience and if the $2,200 price tag is worth the investment.

A modern rower

The Hydrow is an 86-inch-long by 25-inch-wide rowing machine featuring an easily-accessible 22-inch HD touchscreen mounted on the front. The monitor is sweatproof and features Hi-Fi speakers, a two-megapixel camera, a built-in microphone, USB 2.0 connection, and both Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities.

Here are a few other important specs:

Aluminum and steel frame with a flat anthracite polymer body
Soft rubberized feet to protect floors
Low-stress handle grip with ergonomic design
1920 by 1080 Full HD screen resolution
Over 500 pre-recorded river and studio rowing sessions
Four types of rowing videos: Live Rowing, Rows on Demand, Serene River Rowing, Whole Body Fitness
Quiet, electromagnetic resistance that adjusts 240 times per second
Heart rate monitoring
10-roller seat roller system facilitating a smooth operation
25-degree monitor pivot …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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