Rowing machines that rely solely on magnetic resistance do not deliver a realistic rowing experience. The benefits of air and magnetic resistance are combined in air and magnetic rowing machines, such as the JTX Fitness Freedom Air Rowing Machine. These devices are also referred to as "mag-air rowers." Of all the types of rowing machines, these are probably the most popular with users looking for a realistic rowing experience without putting much effort into their workout.
Magnetic resistance uses magnetic forces to provide resistance against movement of a magnetically activated handle or pedal. As you pull the handle or pedal forward, the resistance increases as the magnet pulls back toward its original position. There are two types of magnetic resistance used in air and magnetic rowing machines: linear and rotational.
In linear magnetic resistance, the resistance remains constant regardless how far you pull the handle or pedal forward. This is the most common type of resistance used in air and magnetic rowing machines because it provides consistent resistance over long distances while still allowing you to exercise most of the muscle groups involved in rowing.
In rotary magnetic resistance, the resistance increases as you pull the handle or pedal farther away from the body. So if you were to pull the handle or pedal all the way out, you would be working up a sweat at full speed! This method of resistance is used in some air and magnetic rowing machines because it's said to help build muscle tone in the arms and shoulders.
The Nordictrack RW500 Rower is a wonderful hybrid rower that provides both air and magnetic resistance. While air resistance is caused by air passing through the flywheel, magnetic resistance is created by magnets inside the machine that oppose flywheel motion. In this model, magnets on the back wheel create a field that pulls the magnet on the front wheel into motion. This in turn spins the rear wheel to provide resistance.
Hybrid rowing machines are the most popular type of rowing machine because they combine the benefits of both hydraulic and mechanical rowing machines. They use a combination of air or water pressure and metal weights on iron gears or cogs to provide resistance. These components work together to simulate the feel of rowing out on water.
Hydraulic rowing machines use an electric motor that drives a pump which in turn supplies air under high pressure to two valves located in the handle. The user operates the machine by pulling on the handles, which open the valves which in turn send fluid under high pressure through the system, powering the motor which in turn moves the drum wheels. Modern models can be tuned to vary the resistance by changing how much power the motor must supply to drive the pump.
Magnetic rowing machines use a spring-loaded, metal ball in contact with a magnet on one side of the gear box.
The finest magnetic rowing machines, in my view, are the Stamina 1130 model and the Velocity Exercise Rower. The magnetic rower Stamina 1130 features up to 16 resistance settings and runs quietly. The Velocity magnetic rowing machine is a good mid-range equipment with a sturdy frame. It has an ergonomic seat with thick padding and three resistance levels. Both models are manufactured in America and come with a one year warranty.
Other strong brands are Ergodyne, LifeFitness, and WaterRower. All of these manufacturers make high-quality products that will last for many years if treated properly. If you want a top-of-the-line magnetic rowing machine that will satisfy any user, then I recommend the Stamina 1130 or Velocity models.
A Rowing Machine With Magnets Magnetic resistance rowing machines, as you might expect, employ magnets to alter their resistance. This sort of rowing machine is also incredibly quiet and is known as a "silent rowing machine." They produce almost little noise when in operation.
This type of rowing machine uses different levels of resistance to challenge users of all fitness levels. The harder you row, the more resistance you will feel. Each machine comes with a clear display that shows how hard you are working out and how much energy you are consuming during your session. When you are finished, just release the handle and it will drop down into the stored position. Easy to use and very effective, these are the best selling silent rowing machines.
If you are looking for a rowing machine for home use that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, then consider this model from Curbstone Fitness. A quality product that provides superb value for money, this rowing machine features single-handle operation, a dynamic workout, and built-in weight stacks. The machine has been designed by some of the best rowing coaches in the world, so you know it is going to deliver the best training possible. It is also super easy to maintain; just have a look at the user guide before you start using it for the first time, everything is clearly written there.