If you are looking for a good way to get fit you really cannot go wrong with a rowing machine. They exercise every muscle group and provide a great cardiovascular workout. Rowing is a great fat burning exercise, so it is perfect for someone who wants to lose weight fast.
However, there is one drawback of using a rowing machine at home, and that is that they can take up quite a bit of space. Fortunately, there is a great solution, buy a rowing machine that fold up.
The Advantages of a Folding Rowing Machine
This kind of machine is easy to store. They tend to be lighter than the static type, and surprisingly, they cost less.
The other good thing about this kind or rowing machine is that they tend to be made with the home user in mind. This means that they are easy to use and come with extra features to help the home user to get more out of each exercise session.
Because they fold, they are easy to stow in a cupboard, which means your lounge room need not look like a gym anymore. It also makes maintenance easier because any parts that need greasing can easily be accessed without the need to turn the whole machine on its edge.
Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from. Here are our top 5, with a brief description of each of them.
The Waterrower A1
This rower looks fantastic. It is made of wood and features a quirky looking water tank, which is a wonderful innovation. It houses the flywheel and this feature means that this rowing machine emulates rowing on water almost exactly.
It is smooth and best of all virtually silent when compared to other folding rowing machines. The wood used is American Ash, from a sustainable source, so this rowing machine is great for those who want to do their bit to protect the environment.
When filled with water it is quite heavy at 98Ibs/44.5kg, but is still surprisingly easy to manoeuvre. Without the water, it weights 61Ibs/28kg.
Here are its stored dimensions: Depth 20” / 51 cm, Width 22.25” / 57 cm, Height 83.5” / 212 cm.
The York Aspire Rower
This rower is sturdy and can be used by users who weigh up to 264Ibs/120kg. It features eight levels of magnetic resistance and has a very comfortable padded seat.
There is a wireless pulse sensor, but the chest strap is not included. On the console, you get feedback of how many calories you have burnt, the number of strokes and how long you have been rowing.
Users all commented that the machine was far quieter than they expected and that it was easy to assemble. This is a solid durable machine made by a well-established and trustworthy fitness machine manufacturer and you get a lot for the price.
Achieve Free-Stroke Rower
The harder you pull the more resistance you experience. This makes it a great machine for fitter and more experienced rowers as well as those who are new to this kind of exercise. The onboard computer monitors distance, calories, speed and time.
It is designed for people who weigh 242Ibs/110kgs or less. The soft grip handle, large padded seat and adjustable foot straps all help to make it very comfortable.
Folded up this machine’s dimensions are length 36”/92cm, height 44”/112cm, Width 17”/44cm, and it weighs only 50Lbs/23kg.
Confidence Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine
This machine is at the cheaper end of the market, but it is still well built. There are eight levels of magnetic resistance. You also get a display that shows progress in calories burnt, time, and strokes. You also get a cumulative counting option with this machine.
Maximum user weight is 242Ibs/110kg, but its long reach and large foot pedals means even tall people should be comfortable using this machine. The machine is easy to assemble and fold. Its folded dimensions are: (H) 44”/ 113cm x (W) 16”/40cm x (L) 34”/ 86cm.
Paradigm Cyber Rower
This machine is one of the more sophisticated in our top five. You get 10 levels of resistance as well as a height adjustable monitoring screen that shows you five performance variables.
There is also a chain recoil mechanism for smooth stroke recovery.
This rower has wheels to make rolling it away into storage as easy as possible. However, it only folds in half, so you need a space that is about 40”/100cms in length, but it is very stable when stowed because it is about half the height of the other machines when folded.
Naturally, there are other folding rowing machines available. However, these are the best of those that are currently available.
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