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.
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.