Rowing machines obviously enable you to enjoy all of the cardiovascular and toning benefits that rowing has to offer without having to step foot inside an actual boat.
They are considered to be one of the most effective exercise machines because not only do they help you burn hundreds of calories per workout, but they also work many different muscle groups, which obviously helps with toning, whilst also improving your overall strength and fitness levels as well.
Furthermore whilst rowing machine workouts can be very intense, the actual workout is very easy on the joints (providing you maintain good form when performing your workout), which means that many people should be able to use these machines without any problems.
So what should you be looking out for when buying one of these indoor rowing machines?
Well there are several factors that you should consider, the first of which is of course price. You will probably have noticed that the price of these machines can vary quite considerably, from less than $100 for an entry-level rower right up to $1000 or more for a top-of-the-range gym-standard rower.
Whilst some will have a better construction and more extra features than others, the main difference between them is the resistance system that they use to help vary the intensity of the workouts.
The cheapest ones you can buy tend to have an adjustable hydraulic resistance system and are very basic in their design, whilst the more expensive models will use a magnetic or air resistance system. Indeed the best ones will have an intelligent resistance system that will respond to every stroke in order to deliver an optimum workout.
You will also find that some of the more advanced rowing machines now use water containers to control the resistance, which have the added advantage of making water sounds with every stroke for a more authentic rowing experience, and will also have dynamically adjusting and self-regulating resistance in many cases.
When buying one of these machines for your home, you should always determine how much space you will have in whichever room it is going to be used, and buy one that will easily fit into this space. Many of the basic hydraulic rowers are quite small and can often be folded away when they are not being used, but the top-end rowers will generally require a lot more space.
You might also want to take into consideration the comfort and positioning of the seat, the quality of the LCD display and whether or not it includes any extra features such as workout programs, for example.
With regards to which one you should buy, we will be reviewing all of the most popular machines in due course. In the meantime we have reviewed one of the latest models for 2014, which is the new model from ProForm: