A decade ago, rowing machines were often filled with dust and cobwebs at the gym. People favored stationary bikes and treadmills. It’s impossible to know why other people didn’t use them as I have always thought rowing, like swimming, is one of the few total body workouts you can do in a reasonable amount of time. To row properly, you need to use your entire body. Legs, arms, shoulders, chest, back, abs, etc. Maybe that’s why people stayed away?
Rowing is one of the best exercises you can do for your body for all the reasons I already mentioned plus, it’s extremely low impact. You decide how much energy, tension and force you want to put in. The more you give, the more you get. Since you probably don’t have a lake in your backyard, I suggest taking a look at the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine.
The WaterRower’s unique WaterFlywheel design blends the tranquility of moving water and the rhythm of motion into the worlds finest exercise. Unlike most standard rowing machines that run through air-resistance, the WaterRower uses water-resistance to replicate the feeling of rowing on the water. All of their models are proudly Made in USA since 1988. The signature wood models are made exclusively from wood sourced from sustainably-mangaed Appalachian forests in the Eastern parts of the US.