Best Indoor Rowing Machines | Indoor Rowers for Cross-Training – Runner’s World

Best Indoor Rowing Machines | Indoor Rowers for Cross-Training  Runner’s World


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1 NordicTrack RW600 Rower



Adjust the 22-inch HD touchscreen, set the damper level, strap your feet in, and get ready to row. You can choose to do your own intervals, or take a class from the extensive iFit library. You can even stream a class that combines both rowing and off-rower strength exercises from the on-demand workouts (there are over 250 options). You’ll love how easy it is to turn the screen when you move on and off the rower, too. Once you’re on the machine, you can manually adjust the resistance control with on-screen buttons. When you’re finished, fold up the rower and store it in the corner of your room.

iFit membership to classes sold separately for $15 per month.

2 Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine



Chances are, you’ve seen this one in a gym before as it’s one of the best-selling indoor rowing machines—and it’s perfect for at-home workouts, too. The monitor will track your pace, watts, stroke rate, and calories burned, and automatically save your results so you can compare how you’re doing from session to session. The machine also offers pre-programmed workouts, too, which focus on time, distance, or intervals. When you’re done using the machine, it’s light enough to flip up (on your own) against a wall for easy storage.

3 Hydrow Rower



Let this sleek rower transport you onto the river from your living room (you can actually row along to a video on the water). The rower runs off of an electromagnetic and computer-controlled system, making each drive or stroke you take feel smooth and quiet. On the screen, choose whether you want to just row along a scenic route, take an on-demand class when it fits with your schedule, or join a live class with athletes actually on the water. There is also access to yoga, Pilates, and strength training workouts, too, which you can do off the machine. Download the accompanying app to keep track of your stats on-the-go.

Membership to classes sold separately for $38 per month.



If you love the smooth sound of water while you row and are missing your beloved boutique classes, the CITYROW Go Max is the perfect piece of fitness equipment to add to your home gym. In fact, add a yoga mat and a couple of hand weights, and you’ve basically built a home gym with one high-tech device. 

Pick from thousands of on-demand classes on the 19.5-inch touchscreen, pop in a pair of Bluetooth earbuds to drown out your roommates/children/family, and you’ll feel like you’re back in the studio. The on-demand classes are the piece de resistance of the CITYROW rowing machines. With more than six years of boutique studio experience and proprietary machines, the brand’s expertise in creating masterful classes is unparalleled. You can filter down classes to fit your experience level (from newbie to pro), length of time, and type (they offer HIIT, strength, endurance, cardio, yoga, and “just row” classes). Plus, new classes are added weekly. Let your favorite trainer motivate you to row a little longer and push a little harder.

5 WaterRower Club Rowing Machine



This is a perfect pick for purists who want to escape screens. Made out of ash wood (which helps absorb sound and vibrations) and stained in rose gold and black, this machine is as attractive as it is functional. Adjust the footpads to your size, strap in, and grab the padded handle to begin rowing against water resistance. The paddle that cups the water creates a smooth stroke, so you won’t experience any jerking that might happen with a rower that uses a chain. And the harder you work, the more resistance or drag you’ll create, meaning that you’ll be pushing the intensity as you go.

6 Ergatta Rower



If live workouts or streaming sessions with chatty trainers don’t do it for you, this rower, which has workouts that feel almost like video games on its 17-inch touchscreen—may be a good fit for you. You’ll love the water resistance, which adjusts with your effort to make rowing easier or more difficult depending on the power you generate.

Membership to classes sold separately for $29 per month.

7 Stamina ATS Air Rower 1402



As you work, this rower can actually sense it, and automatically adjusts the tension on the air resistance wheel depending on your effort level. The easy-to-read monitor tracks distance, speed, time, strokes per minute, and calories burned, so you can also see your key stats. As things start to get sweaty, you’ll appreciate the textured handle, which allows you to keep a firm grip.

8 Pro-Form 750R Rower



Combine strength and cardio from the comfort of your own home on this rower. You can follow your own intervals, or workout, or just row for time, or you can join the iFit membership and row along with instructors and take classes. Some classes even offer an interactive component, where you can give the instructor the ability to control your resistance. Every workout is saved so you can keep track of your progress. The machine uses magnetic resistance, so it’s extremely quiet if you like to row while others are working or sleeping.

iFit membership to classes sold separately for $15 per month.

9 XTERRA ERG600W Water Rower

Spirit Fitness


The water resistance on this rower makes for a smooth rowing experience and allows you to feel like you’re actually rowing out on a lake or river. Six different resistance levels are available and determined by how much water you put in the tank. When it’s not in use, its fold-up frame allows you to store it without taking up so much space.

Amy Schlinger is a health and fitness writer and editor based in New York City.

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