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Item number: PH-HOME-ROW-0201
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The first LifeFitness wooden rowing machine Row HX combines precious design with high functionality and durability. It is equipped with a water resistance system and convinces by a smooth, joint-gentle course of motion. The water resistance is adjustable in four levels, the training computer is intuitively controllable, and the sturdy frame construction made of steel guarantees a sturdy stability. It is perfect for an effective whole body training.
  • The Row HX Trainer – LifeFitness presents its first wooden rowing machine
  • For a joint-gentle, effective whole body training
  • Water resistance system provides a rowing experience close to reality
  • Four resistance levels for different user levels
  • Training computer: intuitive use, clear display
  • Stable, durable frame construction (material: steel and wood)
  • Space-efficient thanks to folding mechanism
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Item number: TF-RX7-3
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It won't be any more awesome to row onshore than with the Taurus rowing machine RX7. The indoor rower with its hybrid resistance system offers a very comfortable pull in the low as well as in the high intensity zone. Being one of very few rowing machines which offer a remote control on the handle, the RX7 makes it possible to change settings during the training.
  • "Very good" (A) in the test of rowing machines of the ETM-Magazin (05/2016)
  • Rowing machine with excellent pulling in all intensity zones
  • Remote control on the handle: change the settings of your training even while rowing
  • Very high stability: can even be semi-professionally used
  • Very nice, sporty design
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Item number: CST-RX40
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The cardiostrong rowing machine RX40 is a compact and solid rowing machine for home use. Featuring many exercise programmes and a comfortable rowing stroke, this space-efficient rowing machine is ideally suited for an individual training.
  • "very good" in the rowing machine test of the ETM-Magazin (05/2016)
  • A combination of air and magnetic resistance for a comfortable and smooth motion
  • Comfortable and smooth strokes
  • 16 resistance levels
  • Folding mechanism and transport wheels for easy storage
  • Sturdy and durable construction
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Takes small space and I do not have to renounce anything: The RX40 gives all the heart of a rower asks for.
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Item number: LF-HOME-ROW-0101
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The first LifeFitness wooden rowing machine Row HX combines stylish design with high functionality and durability. It is equipped with a water resistance system and convinces by a smooth, joint-gentle course of motion. The water resistance is adjustable in four levels, the training computer is intuitive, and the sturdy frame construction made of steel guarantees a sturdy stability. Perfect for effective whole body training.
  • The Row HX Trainer – Life Fitness presents its first wooden rowing machine
  • For a joint-gentle and effective whole body training
  • Water resistance system provides a rowing experience close to reality
  • Four resistance levels for different user levels
  • Training computer: intuitive use, clear display
  • Stable, durable frame construction (material: steel and wood)
  • Space-efficient thanks to folding mechanism
  • We recommend adding a chlorine tablet when filling the water tank - look under accessories
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Item number: DF-RM40
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The Darwin rowing machine is a strong rowing machine for starting a regular training. The magnetic resistance system provides a constant pulling. After the training, the guide rail can be space-efficiently folded up.
  • Strong rowing machine at a strong price
  • Constant magnetic resistance system with 16 resistance levels
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Item number: DU-IR40
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Item number: DF-RM50
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The Darwin Rowing Machine RM50 is an easy to use rowing machine with a great price-performance ratio. The rowing machine is equipped with a water resitsance system and a higher seat position, which makes getting on and off much easier.
  • Solid rowing machine with water resistance
  • Very comfortable sitting height of 43cm
  • Good rowing quality with a pleasant rushing of water
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Item number: 7982-500
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The foldable Kettler rowing machine Stroker is optimal to start regular rowing training. The resistance of the magnetic brake system can be varied in 8 levels and offers challenges even for experienced athletes. The Kettler rowing machine Stroker is equipped with a balance mass of 4 kg, providing a comfortable concentric run. The delivery includes a chest strap for measuring your heart rate. The pulse as well as information about time, strokes, etc. are clearly indicated on the display of the Kettler rowing machine.
  • Rowing machine for starting of Kettler quality
  • High-quality workmanship
  • Magnetic brake system with 8-level-adjustable resistance
  • Balance mass: 4 kg
  • Transmission ratio 1:5
  • Space saving folding mechanism
  • Training pc with target zone training
  • Display of time, distance, strokes, calorie consumption, and heart rate
  • Chest strap included in delivery
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Bestseller no. 9
Item number: CST-BALTIC
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The cardiostrong rowing machine Baltic Rower with water resistance is an ideal beginner rowing machine: the use is quite easy, it can be quickly assembled and adjusted and shows all important training values on the big display. Train almost the whole body and improve your fitness with the rower.
  • Stable water rowing machine for starting the training and for improving your fitness
  • Smooth rail – you only here the rushing of water while exercising
  • After the training it can be space-efficiently folded and thanks to the transport wheels it can be moved
  • Comfortable pulling without "dead point"
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Item number: TF-ROW-X
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The Taurus Rudergerät Row-X is a first class fitness machine for beginners and professionals, for the fitness room at home or in the gym. The machine has an excellent pull in both high and low training levels thanks to the combined resistance system.
  • Awarded with the Reddot Award 2018 and the Plus X Award 2017 for high quality, design and user comfort
  • Advanced hybrid resistance system: excellent pull motion in both high and low intensities
  • Comfortable seat height of 51cm
  • Extremely stable - even suited for use in gyms
  • 4 installed HITT programs for fast and sustained training results
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The resistance system is a core feature of rowers. Depending on the chosen system, the rowing motion can be regular and even or similar to rowing in nature , where the resistance varies depending on the pulling force. Accessories such as a training computer with training programmes, a heart rate meter, a USB/PC port as well as transport wheels make for a more comfortable and effective training and contribute to positive ratings
High stability depends on the construction of the frame, its weight and the floor space of the machine. The more stable the rower, the higher the max. user weight and the more durable the machine. Rowing machines with good stability stand more safely during intensive training with vigorous strokes.
The interaction of resistance system, running rails, seat castors, pulling rope and frame construction is extremely important for the motion sequence. A rowing machine with a smooth motion sequence provides extra joint-friendly training and increases muscle activity.
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  • WaterRower rowing machine Ashwood Natural

    Felipe 6.7.2020 - WaterRower rowing machine Ashwood Natural

    I did a lot of research for indoor rowers between Water, Fan and Magnetic. Water seemed the best option for me, it's less noisier, beautiful equipment and the water noise can be also relaxing. My wife and I choose water rower because the maintenance can be done by us, instead of paying extra fees for someone to come and replace wear and tear parts. Also in our research, seemed smoother than First Degree Fitness (our second option).

  • WaterRower rowing machine Ashwood Natural

    Jose 25.6.2020 - WaterRower rowing machine Ashwood Natural

    Very happy with my rower. It’s simple to assemble and very sturdy. Using it is very quiet and smooth, which is good news when you live in an apartment. It’s also very well designed, and being made of wood makes it possible to have it in your living room without making it look like a giant gym equipment. I totally recommend it.

  • WaterRower rowing machine Ashwood Natural

    Jose 10.6.2020 - WaterRower rowing machine Ashwood Natural

    This is a great piece of design. It's a quiet and powerful machine. Unlike with air-resistance rowers, noise levels are much lower and all you hear is a pleasant woosh from the water being turned inside. It's very well built, with attention to detail and, as it's made of wood, it can be placed in any room, including in your living room and won't feel as intrusive as a typical fitness machine. Maintenance is quite easy and I believe it gives you a great workout, with minimum impact to your joints. Also added a phone/tablet holder, with the same wood finish and it looks and works great. Totally recommended!

  • Taurus rowing machine Row-X

    Anonym 8.5.2020 - Taurus rowing machine Row-X

    Very pleased with the build quality. Everything fitted together beautifully in the assembly

  • Taurus rowing machine Row-X

    Stefan Vestergaard 17.4.2020 - Taurus rowing machine Row-X

    My first purchase at Fitshop. Assistance was perfect and it was easy to purchase the items.

  • WaterRower rowing machine Ashwood Natural

    Sven M 31.3.2020 - WaterRower rowing machine Ashwood Natural

    Einfach Klasse! Habe Heute, trotz der Corona-Krise, pünktlich den Waterrower erhalten (hatte erst viel später damit gerechnet). Der Aufbau des Gerätes gelang mir in etwa 30 Minuten ohne Probleme. Auch das erste Training hat die Qualität des Rudergerätes bestätigt. Die Sitzbank gleitet sehr leise auf der Laufschiene und das plätschern des Wassers im Tank gibt einen das Gefühl wirklich auf dem Wasser zu trainieren.

  • WaterRower oak

    Rüdiger 30.3.2020 - WaterRower oak

    Top Produkt! Super Service von Sport Tiedje - obwohl die Lage derzeit sehr schlecht ist, war die Lieferung binnen einiger Tage bei mir. Produkt hält was es verspricht, und es macht echt spaß damit zu trainieren.

  • LifeFitness Row HX Trainer

    Basem 25.11.2019 - LifeFitness Row HX Trainer

    Quite happy with the quality. Assembly was easy.

  • Finnlo rowing machine Aquon Evolution

    Jonathan Baker 20.11.2019 - Finnlo rowing machine Aquon Evolution

    WOW - what a fantastic piece of equipment. I did spend a fair amount of time reasearching the various options, but the Aquon Evolution has actually exceeded my expectations. For a starter, I am 193cm tall, so I wanted a machine that was solid and large enough for me. I think I could be 10cm taller and still have room to stretch out, so it is perfect in that respect. It is also very well built. No creaks or groans when you are using it, in fact I have been on less sturdy machines in professional gyms. Both my wife and I have used it nearly every day since it was delivered a few weeks ago and are both enjoying it immensley and feel that we are only just starting to discover its (and our :-) true potential. Even with no magnetic resitance turned on (and you can turn it up and up – phew !!) there is a nice weight on the pull. My only complaint is the intruction manual. For initial assembly it is OK, but for use of the computer display it is absolutley dreadful - and in some cases it actually gives completely WRONG instructions. For the record, this rower allows you to set up different users but the manual tells you the wrong way to do it. We had actually got to the point where we decided that perhaps the rower no longer had the multi-user function and that the manual was out of date, when I accidentally found that if I held the Reset button down for a few seconds, the set up user function appeared. Also, the rower has excellent built in training programs. The manual mentions them, gives ridiculously complicated (and tediously boring) instructions on how to access them - but doesn't bother to list them nor their various merits. Whoever wrote the manual at Finnlo should be given another job. A small child would have written clearer instructions. Even so, this is still a 5 star machine without a doubt. We Love Our Finnlo :-)

  • Concept2 SkiErg (PM5), wall model

    KB 20.9.2019 - Concept2 SkiErg (PM5), wall model

    Excellent machine! Due to the fact I have a bad knee I am limited in choice of good Cardio machines. The Skierg is the perfect match for me. I get a proper upper body as well as lower body workout without excess pressure on my knees. Very simple to setup the machine and you can find enough videos on the internet to show you how to properly use it. Also just as importantly the Concept 2 team in the Benelux are very quick to respond to your questions and provide great support. Highly recommended and worth the investment. Don't buy cheap machines go for quality if you want the best results. Fitshop also provided a great service and fast delivery! Can't go wrong...

Train joint-gently the whole body with a rowing machine

Hardly any other stamina sport demands so many muscles like rowing. About 80% of the body muscles are trained doing a complete rowing movement: the legs are angled and stretched, the torso is bent and actively leant back, the arms do the rest.

Keeping in mind that not only legs, back and arms are used, but shoulders, abs, and gluteal muscles are activated as well, rowing is meant to be a complete whole-body training. Besides strengthening the muscles, the musculoskeletal system and improving the posture, rowing also trains the cardiovascular system and the stamina. In addition, many persons use a rowing machine to stimulate especially the fat burning. Because many muscle groups are demanded for the course of motion, a rowing machine is considered as a real "calory burn machine".

Rowing trains about 80% of the muscles
Rowing trains about 80% of the muscles
Like swimming or training on an elliptical cross trainer, ergometer or bike, rowing is also one of the most joint-gentle kinds of sport. Due to the smooth movement, the joints do not face any jerky push movements. In view of the fact that rowing machines are suitable for an effective and joint-gentle whole body training, independent of age and fitness level, they have become approved in rehab and prevention as well as at thousands of private households. Compared to rowing in the open air, you can train with an indoor rowing machine also at home at every time and no matter what's the weather.

Rowing machine purchase advice - cantilever or cable pull technology

A rowing machine is not a rowing machine. Rowing machines differ mainly in their design. On principle, the rowing machines with are available with cantilever or cable pull system.

Rowing machines with cantilever technology

Rowing machines with cantilever technology feature separate left-right-handles. Though it looks like rowing on water, the cantilever models are not very recommendable even for rowing beginners due to their inharmonic courses of motion and unbalanced resistance effects. In addition, the frequently used hydraulic resistance cylinders are quickly worn, so that these rowing machines do not make a lot of fun.
Examples for rowing machines with cantilever or cable pull
Left: rowing machine with cantilever / Right: rowing machine with modern cable pull

Rowing machines with cable pull technology

It's very different for rowing machines with cable pull system. Together with a rolling seat quickly and smoothly sliding over the rails, this construction allows a balanced and long stretched rowing movement is made possible - where a cable pull hand is pulled with both hands.

Resistance system of the rowing machines

The other big difference between the indoor rowers is the brake system. Besides the already mentioned hydraulic cylinders, the magnetic brake or eddy current brake - like it is often found with other fitness machines like exercise bike or elliptical cross trainer - are really wide-spread as resistance system.

Rowing machines with eddy current brake or magnetic brake

Compared to the magnetic brake, rowing machines with eddy current brake offer an even more precise resistance setting and, in general, a higher maximum resistance. Thus, they are mainly used for the middle or higher price category. The strokes of both brakes systems are considered to be smooth: As measured by the effort, one stroke is similar to the next (for unchanged resistance setting).

Realistic rowing with water resistance

Rowing machines made of wood with water resistance
Nice design and natural water resistance
An absolutely realistic rowing experience is achieved by a system that uses water as resistance. A rowing machine with water resistance system simulates precisely rowing in the open nature. Because the resistance is varied by the water filling volume in the water tank and the individual traction of every stroke: The more intensive the stroke, the more resistance is generated. Thus, the user determines the intensity individually with every stroke – either very light or very hard.

In contrast to a rowing machine with magnetic brake system, the water wheel principle minimizes the risk to make a wrong setting of the resistance. Another advantage of water as resistance element is that you hear a pleasant babbling for every stroke. Consequently rowing with a water resistance system is noticeably close to the original sport.

Windwheel resistance - more than hot air

Besides that there are also rowing machines which work similarly. Here, the brake effect is not regulated by water but by air. A rowing machine with air resistance sytsem also allows smooth and jerk-free strokes. Depending upon the model, the airflow generated with every stroke might refresh the user but also reduce the silence.

Hybride resistance systems offer advantages of air and magnetic system

Rowing machine with resistance setting on the handle
Rowing machine with resistance setting on the handle (Taurus RX7)
On the other hand there are continuously improved rowing machines, which combine the advantages of the air-resistance system with those of the magnetic or eddy current brake systeM. The resistance levels of these so-called hybrid rowing machines is either frequently electronically preset via the handle or the resistance works depending upon the traction. A hybrid rowing machine is suitable for easy starting with rowing training as well as for the advanced workout of rowing enthusiasts. The combi resistance system allow perfect stroke movements for low as well as maximum load.

The rowing machine – Stability and equipment

Besides the brake system, there are further - partially - big differences between rowing machines.

Stable indoor rowers for more intensive workouts

Regarding stability of a rowing machine, the frame design is important. In general, the frame of a rowing machine, where the sliding seat runs ona double rail, is more stable than that with a mono rail. The own weight and the size of the floor space influence the sturdiness and safety. All in all: The more stable a rowing machine, the higher is the maximum weight loadability and the more durable is the machine. Rowing machines with high stability are much safer for intensive training sessions with powerful strokes.

Equipment that makes the training more comfortable

Training computer of a rowing machine
Training computer with all important training data
Further distinctive differences concern the general equipment of a rowing machine. A big, well readable, easy-to-use training computer increases the training comfort enormously. In this respect, rowing machines with training computer are recommendable, which offer a large number of training programmes. In addition, they provide a lot of diversion and increase the motivation for a long time to use the rowing machine regularly and achieve the set fitness targets.

Furthermore, some indoor rowers offer a pc interface for direct connection with the computer at home in order to use respective rowing software programmes. That way, i. e., workouts can be analysed more in detail. Depending upon the model, training data can be transmitted from the training computer to a mobile memory device (USB stick). That's very advantageous, when you train elsewhere with a compatible rowing machine, i. e., at the gym, the rehab or on holiday.

Apart from rowing machines with electronic magnetic brake or eddy current brake, the rowing machines with air and water resistance system do not need to be connected to the power supply. Thus these rowing machines are ideal for commercial facilities or home sportsmen, who want to place their rowing machine freely in the living space.

Rowing machines with folding mechanism

Rowing machines can be folded up space-efficiently
Many rowing machines can be folded up space-efficiently
A maximum comfort is given, when the rowing machine is equipped with transport wheels to get it stored easily and compactly after the training. Manufacturers use different folding mechanisms. The users of rowing machines with a water tank get a maximum of comfort. These machines are easily and comfortably placed upright without removing water beforehand and require just a space of a chair in this position. In addition, these rowing machines are harmonic in every living space due to their stylish quality made of real wood (beech, oak, ash, cherry, walnut) or high-quality stainless steel and metal.

The advantages of rowing in an overview:

Rowing demands many muscle groups
Rowing demands many muscle groups
  • Rowing is an ideal whole-body training for your cardiovascular system or for fat burning
  • Rowing offers the perfect combination of strength, stamina, and concentration
  • Rowing trains your muscles, your musculoskeletal system, and your posture
  • Rowing optimises your performance and balance
  • Rowing protects the joints

Tips for correct rowing

In order to benefit from many positive effects of rowing, the correct doing of the rowing technique is very decisive. In contrast to the training with an elliptical cross trainer, where the course of motion is given to a large extent, rowing is a more demanding course of motion. When the technique is learned patiently and correctly from the beginning, a healthier, better, and quicker rowing is ensured in the long term. Please watch this training instructions for correct rowing. Here our sports scientist explains to you in detail the ideal rowing technique. Untrained sportsmen and rowing beginners should learn the basics at a low resistance first. That offers the additional advantage that muscle groups - mainly of arms and legs - can get used to the higher demand.
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