I don’t know how many of you watched the latest season of Biggest Loser, but I did and man are those guys inspiring! To be perfectly honest, they kind of got me started on my own fitness journey. As I was watching the show I noticed they were using a rowing machine with an actual water reservoir! I am a fan of the rowing machine (no pun intended), who doesn’t like a machine that works our arms, back and legs all at once! Woot woot!
So all season I watched and coveted the awesome looking rowing machines. THEN to my delight my gym (Latitude Sports Club) bought two of them! As you can probably guess I hopped on one as soon as they were up and running. I’m sure there are other companies making these, but the one at my gym is made by WaterRower.
First of all the ride is SUPER smooth! I have never had the opportunity to row crew, my only experience with ACTUAL rowing was steering a canoe at summer camp when I was a kid. Let’s just say that that’s not so easy when the river is so low you have to tow the damn thing half the time. Funny, but not really rowing. Anyway, I found the movement very fluid, and a completely different feel than other fan rowers I’ve used.
The second thing I noticed was how quiet the machine was during use. Again, the fan rowers are pretty loud with the endless pulling of the fan and the chain that’s attached to the handles. The WaterRower gives a much quieter sound with the water in the reservoir spinning and the nylon strap with the handle are super quiet.
On the whole WaterRower was everything I had hoped it to be. I really liked the way each pull felt and actually found what little sound it made to be pretty soothing. Just like the older fan rower I had been using, I got a good workout with the WaterRower. I was able to keep my heart rate up in the right range and gave my knees a break from the stair stepper and the treadmill. So if you have an opportunity to give one of these babies a try I say go for it! Oh, yeah and they are made in the USA! Love that!