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Magnetic Resistance

 

Quieter in operation than other rowers, magnetic rowers use powerful electromagnets to provide adjustable degrees of resistance. The magnets are built into the flywheel, so you can choose your resistance setting to meet your exercise needs. Ideal for use at home, magnetic rowers let you train with significantly less noise disruption than air or water rowers.

 

 

What to Consider When Buying a Magnetic Rowing Machine

  • Your available area

    It’s imperative that the rower you buy fits comfortably into your allocated space. Measure the length, width and height of the available area. When measuring, make sure you allow extra space for getting on and off the machine. Some magnetic rowing machines can be folded for storage, so bear that in mind when looking at different models.

 

  • Standard of construction

    A quality rower will feature a well-finished, solid construction with an aluminium seat rail. Dual rails are quieter than single rails, and the machine shouldn’t be unsteady when you sit on it. Another sign of a high-quality machine is a decent seat runner. To test this, 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 minimal tilting.

 

  • Comfort factors

    If you’re tall, it’s worth checking that you can use the machine comfortably, as a longer seat rail would be wise. The seat should feel comfortable, even after you’ve completed your workout. Some rowers have higher seats, which you may prefer, particularly if you’re tall. Make sure your feet can be comfortably secured in the footplates – many rowers come with adjustable footplates with handy straps. Lastly, the handle should feel comfortable to hold and offer good grip, even when your hands are becoming tired and sweaty.

 

  • 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. Check the range of the movement – when you’re 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 handle, the handle shouldn’t have reached its start position.

 

  • Console and programmes

    Rower consoles display your workout statistics, which will include at least your speed, distance, time and calories burned. More advanced models offer additional options, such as heart rate monitoring or dedicated programmes, ideal if you want workout variety.

 

  • Weight capacity

    We recommend choosing a rowing machine that can handle about 20kg more than your own weight to guarantee stability when you’re rowing.

 

  • Storage and portability

    Rowers are amongst the most compact of home cardio equipment and tend to have a long, narrow footprint. Some Magnetic Rowers can be folded to take up less space during storage - this is usually a very simple process for one person to do single-handedly. Rowers often come with transport wheels for easy transportation so make sure you check for these if you’re likely to be moving the machine from place to place.

 

 

Rowing Machine Add Ons

 

Floor mats: Place under your rower for stability and to protect your floors from wear, as well as perspiration.

Heart rate monitors and belts: some rowers offer wireless heart rate monitoring. Belts can be added for even more accurate readings. Alternatively, you can buy a heart rate monitor.

 

Why buy your magnetic rowing machine from Fitness Superstore?

 

  • You can try before you buy - and get expert advice from our in-store advisors - at any one of our 11 UK showrooms
  • We offer a range of payment options, including interest free finance and buy now, pay later schemes. Payments can be spread over 6, 12, 24 or 36 months (depending on the product and finance type. You can find more information on our finance options page.
  • Fastest delivery – many of our rowers are available for next day or Saturday delivery, and you can even choose you delivery date
  • Delivery is free on all rowers (no delivery costs for purchases over £99) delivered to UK mainland addresses (exclusions apply). For details please see our delivery information
  • Installation service available: All rowers do come with instruction manuals, but we do offer an installation service for selected models. For more information call us on 01604 673000.
  • 14-day Price Promise: Our 14-day Price Promise guarantees that you purchase a rower 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.
  • Second hand and ex-display options: As well as brand new, we also have a small selection of second hand and ex-display rowers available to purchase and pick-up from our store locations. For more information see our ex-display rowers or contact us on 01604 673000.

Magnetic Resistance  

Quieter in operation than other rowers, magnetic rowers use powerful electromagnets to provide adjustable degrees of resistance. The magnets are built into the flywheel, so you can choose your resistance setting to meet your exercise needs. Ideal for use at home, magnetic rowers let you train with significantly less noise disruption than air or water rowers.    

 

What to Consider When Buying a Magnetic Rowing Machine

Rowing Machine Measurements

Magnetic Rowing Machines obviously take up a larger space than other cardio machines, so it’s important to measure both your available workout space, and the rower itself, before you purchase. Make sure you allow for enough space to get on and off the rowing machine! Magnetic Rowing Machines tend to bit slightly taller than other types of rowing machines, so it’s worth noting the height of the machine before you purchase.

Comfort factors

If you’re tall, it’s worth checking that you can use the machine comfortably, as a longer seat rail would be wise. The seat should feel comfortable, even after you’ve completed your workout. Some rowers have higher seats, which you may prefer, particularly if you’re tall. Make sure your feet can be comfortably secured in the footplates – many rowers come with adjustable footplates with handy straps. Lastly, the handle should feel comfortable to hold and offer good grip, even when your hands are becoming tired and sweaty.  

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. Check the range of the movement – when you’re 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 handle, the handle shouldn’t have reached its start position.  

Magnetic Resistance Operation

Magnetic Rowing Machines deliver resistance by moving magnets closer or further away from the flywheel. Simply put, the closer the magnets are to the flywheel, the more resistance you will encounter. The further away the magnets are from the flywheel, the less resistance you will feel. This resistance can usually be controlled via manual dials or buttons on the machine or console.

 

Rowing Machine Add Ons  

  • Floor mats: Place under your rower for stability and to protect your floors from wear, as well as perspiration.
  • Heart rate monitors and belts: some rowers offer wireless heart rate monitoring. Belts can be added for even more accurate readings. Alternatively, you can buy a heart rate monitor.