Out of all the fitness machines you can buy, I like rowers the most. Maybe it’s because I’ve rowed all my life and for it’s not only about working my body but rowing also relaxes my mind and allows me to go into a state of clear thinking.
I row almost daily. If you want to get a full body workout and don’t like to go to the gym every other day just buy a rowing machine. You can get one for as cheap as $200 but I don’t recommend you do that.
Instead you should probably go for a rower that’s above $600. They’ll last a whole lot longer and they’re better built. I can think of a couple of indoor rowers but the first that comes to mind is the Model D from Concept2. There is a detailed Concept2 review here for what you need to know is that this rower goes for about $1000 and it’s the best indoor rowing machine in the world.
The Concept 2 rower is used even by pro athletes to train and it’s also used at crossfitness tournaments. It’s an air resistance rower so it does get a bit noisy if you start rowing faster but it also replicates the rowing on water experience more realistically. In fact I found a video which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about both Model D and Model E rowers.
For home use the Concept2 Model D is more common, but in most gyms you’ll probably find the Model E rowing machine.
If you don’t have $1000 to spend on a rowing machine there are cheaper options like for instance the Lifecore R100 rowing machine.
The R100 is a hybrid resistance rower meaning it has both air aswell as magnetic resistance. It goes for about $600 and it’s worth it. It’s not as popular as the Concept 2 rowers but for home use it’s great. There isn’t that much to say about it but if you want more information before you buy you can check out this Lifecore R100 review that tells you everything you need to know.
Ofcourse when it comes to cardio exercises at home you could also get maybe a treadmill or an elliptical trainer but the best part about getting a rower is that it provides you with a challenging workout while being easy on the joints. If you have knee or hip joint problems you can still get a great workout with a rowing machine.
Maybe this is off topic but what I like about Concept2 rowers is that they’re easily available to purchase worldwide, and there are tutorials in every language, even in french.
The bottom line is an indoor rowing machine for home is a great investment in your health. Most rowers are foldable so you can easily store them in a corner somewhere when you’re not using them. Even if you have varicose veins which I know hurt, you can still use a rowing machine. And speaking of varicose veins, I found a video that talks about how you can easily relief yourself from the pain with this cream.