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About Rowing Machines

At Fitness Superstore we offer a huge variety of air and hydraulic rowing machines, water rowing machines and magnetic rowing machines for both home and commercial use, manufactured by world renowned brands such as Concept2, FluidRower, Matrix, NordicTrack, Pro-Form, Impetus and Horizon. We have the largest fitness showrooms in the UK, so if you would like to try out a rowing machine before you buy, simply view our store locator page to find your nearest showroom.


Why purchase a rowing machine?

Rowing is an excellent and safe activity to stay in shape, working all your major muscles as well as being an ideal cardiovascular activity. The rowing motion makes it a low impact sport so it is safe for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Top quality rowing machines are also comparatively cheap, making them ideal for those on a budget seeking a serious aerobic training machine! In fact, the only caveat is that while rowing in itself is unlikely to cause lower back problems, the biomechanical requirements of the rowing action could aggravate an existing lower back condition. If you fall into this category, try some regular rowing down at your local gym first in order to ensure that you and the rowing machine are totally compatible.


What are the benefits of a rowing machine?

Vast muscle use: Rowing is second only to cross-country skiing in overall muscle management, using over 82% of the body's muscles.

Minimum impact: Rowers work most of your joints through a significant and beneficial range of movement, without significantly damaging your joints.

Ideal for a number of users: Rowing machines are a good option for those seeking weight loss, cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone, flexibility, strength, or endurance. They are also recommended for competitive athletes and people recovering from injuries.

Reduced stress: During cardio exercise, endorphins are released into your bloodstream. This release of endorphins produces a natural high, which in turn relieves stress.

Boosted energy levels: Exercise of any kind will increase your energy levels, and rowing is one of the best forms of exercise to help increase your overall energy.

Increased lung capacity: Rowing will help improve your lung capacity, making you stronger and healthier.


What should you look for in a rowing machine?

Standard of construction: Look for a well-finished all-metal construction with an aluminium seat rail. When you sit on the seat, there should be no flexing in any part of the frame as you put your weight on it.

Braking system: Electronic rowers use magnetic braking and are very quiet in use, but tend to lack the feel of top quality air and water rowers. Air rowers can offer a very high standard of movement and accuracy of feedback but can be a little noisy. Water rowers create the closest feel to actually rowing on water and provide a wonderfully soothing, swishing sound to boot!

Transmission: Look for chains or straps which give a positive feel to the oar action without any stretching or give as you accelerate the oar.

Quality of movement: Look for a smooth and even feel with no jerkiness or points where resistance suddenly drops away, especially at the beginning of the stroke (common with rope transmission). Check the range of the movement. When you are as far forward on the runner as possible (i.e. buttocks as close to the heels as possible) with your arms fully extended and holding the oar, the oar shouldn't have reached its start position.

Console feedback and ease of use: How clear and comprehensive is the displayed information? How easy is it to access programmes (if there are any)? Are the buttons clearly visible and easy to use?

Seat comfort: The seat should feel comfortable, even after rowing a few thousand metres.

Seat runner and rail: Move the seat to one end of the rail and tilt that end of the rower up a couple of inches. A good runner and rail will allow the seat to roll freely to the other end with a tiny amount of tilting.

Oar grip: Does the oar feel comfortable to hold? Does it offer good grip, even when your hands are becoming tired and sweaty?

Footplate adjustability: Check that your feet can be securely and comfortably accommodated in the footplates.

Overall dimensions: Rowing machines generally are amongst the most compact of home fitness equipment but tend to have a long, narrow footprint. Some can be stored upright, useful if you are tight for space.

Warranty: Most indoor rowing machines are pretty robust, but it's advisable to check what warranty is being offered on the frame, transmission and any electronics.



Can I try out your rowing machines?

Yes, we have nationwide showrooms where you can try out a selection of our rowing machines. To see a list of our showrooms, visit the contact page.

Can I purchase a rowing machine on finance?

Yes, a selection of our rowing machines are available to purchase with interest free finance or buy now, pay later schemes. Payments can be spread over 6, 12, 24 or 36 months (depending on the product and finance type). For more information see our finance options.

What is the cost of delivery?

At Fitness Superstore, all orders over £99 are delivered to UK mainland addresses FREE of charge (exclusions apply). For details please see our delivery information

Do you offer a quick delivery service?

A large selection of our rowing machines are available for a next day or Saturday delivery service. For more information on our next day delivery, see our delivery information

How do I install my rowing machine?

Some are quick and easy to install and some can be a little more difficult. Whilst all the models we sell come complete with instruction manuals, we do understand that some of our customers may not be confident with installing their rowing machine. For this reason we offer an installation service on a selected range of equipment. For more information call us on 01604 673000.

What if I find the same rowing machine cheaper elsewhere?

Our 14 day price promise assures that you purchase a rowing machine at the lowest price. If you subsequently find the same like-for-like product at a lower price, we will refund 110% of the difference immediately.

Do you stock used rowing machines?

As well as brand new, we also have a small selection of second hand and ex-display rowing machines available to purchase and pick-up from our store locations. For more information see our ex-display list of rowing machines or contact us on 01604 673000.