The Hydrow is the best full-body fitness machine to help you row like a pro


Hydrow-Rowing-Machine – Credit: Hydrow

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It’s early, the sun is about to rise over the water in London and you’re about to crush your first rowing workout of the week. The coolest part? You never even had to leave your apartment to do this.

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That’s the idea behind the Hydrow, a connected indoor rower that lets you stream live, on-demand workouts from your home. But how does it compare to other exercise machines and is it really worthy of a place in your home gym?

Here’s why it’s the coolest indoor rower for beginners and experienced rowers – and one of the best pieces of fitness equipment for your health.

What exactly is hydrow?

Founded in 2018, the Hydrow is a connected rowing machine that works your whole body with real personal training, a space-saving design and thousands of fun and immersive workouts that everyone will actually want to do.

But why should you row in the first place, and how is it different from other cardio workouts? In short, rowing is one of the best full-body workouts you can do that targets your core, legs, and even your glutes all at once.

Hydrow says rowing can “engage 86% of major muscle groups,” which the company says is about twice what you’d get from, say, riding a bike or running around your neighborhood. At first it might not seem so important – exercising is exercise, right? But indoor rowers like the Hydrow give you a low-impact form of cardio that’s powerful, easier on your body, and much more effective to do every day, especially if you’re short on time or don’t want to . leave your home.

Credit: Hydrow

Credit: Hydrow

hydrow

To buy:
Hydrow rowing machine
at
$2,495+

Now let’s take a look at some of the other reasons why the Hydrow deserves to be your new go-to fitness machine – and why it’s been the smartest indoor rower in years.

It can fit in any home gym (or your living room too)

If you have room to spread out on the ground, you will have enough space for the Hydrow. Long gone are the days of not having enough square footage in your home or apartment to use your rowing machine. That’s because Hydrow made sure their machine can be stowed away when you’re not rowing. Here’s how it works.

On its own, the Hydrow measures 86 x 25 x 47 inches. But using the company’s vertical storage kit, anyone can store the rower upright against a wall using the wall mount and strap. It’s a storage solution that few other rowing machines (or other gym equipment) can offer, saving you a ton of space in your home gym and freeing up space for you you can complete your entire workout without bumping into any equipment.

Once you’ve installed the wall mount, you can fold the monitor forward into the rower and tilt the Hydrow upright on its front legs when you want to store it away until your next workout.

Credit: Hydrow

Credit: Hydrow

hydrow

To buy:
Hydrow rowing machine
at
$2,495+

It feels – and looks – like you’re actually on the water

The Hydrow does something that conventional machines lack: Hydrow makes training fun and puts you in the middle of the rowing action with a more realistic training experience. That’s partly thanks to its sleek, smooth performance that makes you feel like you’re rowing on water, as well as its 22-inch HD touchscreen.

Once you’re settled into the seat of the Hydrow rowing machine and your feet are secure, you can start rowing from locations around the world with one of thousands of on-demand classes, from destinations like Miami, London and Scotland. So even if you’re just in your living room, your Hydrow can take you anywhere in the world in an instant. It’s like a personal tour guide and personal trainer all in one.

Even though Hydrow immerses you in your rowing experience with its adjustable touchscreen, the virtual view isn’t the only standout feature here. Hydrow further sets itself apart from the competition with the monitor’s built-in speakers that beam sound directly to you. In other words, even when you’re rowing your hardest, you can hear everything clearly during your workout. Plus, with Bluetooth connectivity, you can also connect your favorite workout headphones to the Hydrow.

An easy to use app with a ton of fun workouts

Once you’re settled with the Hydrow, you’ll never run out of new workout routines to do. Indeed, Hydrow members can access over 3,000 different on-demand classes, including live rowing sessions taught by expert coaches who know how to help you row like a pro. But just because it’s a rower doesn’t mean the Hydrow stops there; in fact, there’s a workout for everyone thanks to the Hydrow platform, from Pilates classes to yoga and strength routines, too.

Credit: Hydrow

Credit: Hydrow

hydrow

To buy:
Hydrow rowing machine
at
$2,495+

You’ll get one-on-one rowing advice from a pro

Even if you’ve rowed or used a rower at the gym before, getting to grips with how to get the most out of your personal rower can take some time. That’s why Hydrow also offers individual workout packages with the machine itself. When you choose one of the five current Hydrow packages online, you also get a free 1:1 personal coaching session with your machine – a $79 value.

Your coach will be able to help you navigate the virtual waters of your rower, ensure your form is correct, as well as answer any questions you may have as you get used to the new rower. Live sessions take place virtually, so you get real personal training while staying in your own home gym. All you need to do is sign up for Hydrow’s All-Access Membership to get your training session.

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