After a couple of months training throughout the summer, including two competitions, I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy on water rowing. Commitments in the wintertime months means I must give real rowing up for now, so I attempt to find the best rowing machine for my money. Rowing is touted as a total body workout, using all the major muscles (about 84% of the complete body) and it is apparently in the top three most effective low-impact exercises. Not everyone has access to a boat and a river though. Great rowing machines can be purchased in the fitness center, and increasingly, in your own home, I purchased a V-Fit Tornado Air Rower so I could get just that.
It’s billed as a quickness proportionate air resistance system with variable stress control and an individual deal with rowing style. I picked it because it’s relatively small but still accommodates tall people. Construction is reasonable actually. I haven’t used it for anything near long enough to properly stress test it, but the initial impression is that it is not immediately going to break. Putting the device together was easy, most of it was pre-constructed and the rest just required a few bolts, nuts, and washers.
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The hardest thing was getting the plastic material end cover on the rail. The instructions aren’t the clearest in the world but I thought it was pretty obvious where most of the parts proceeded to go. Also, if you think you’re lacking a bolt or two, check the machine. The majority of mine were set up loose in the correct put on the frame and just required removing and the part to be slotted on. The frame quality seems passable. Bolts didn’t pull through the metal and aluminum body parts when tightened, one of the nuts was nylon threaded to counter vibration and everything acquired a washer.
The machine doesn’t creak or flex once I take a seat on it and I don’t get a feeling of impending doom when using it. The tools provided are total rubbish, so getting your own spanner helps but isn’t imperative to construction. I was particularly very happy to find a rigger jigger matches most of the nuts.
I do have to take the knob that holds the central folding mechanism all the way off the bolt to fold and unfold the seat rail but I can endure that. The mechanism construction possibly leaves just a little to be desired. The handle connects to the crank via a bicycle-type chain which is solid enough. The seat comes back and tension, however, is only a piece of flexible run up the lower of the chair rail. It attaches to the crank with a toned nylon strap which is merely hooked onto the flexible with several metallic hooks.
These clank against the framework when in use. I’d imagine the elastic will degrade eventually, as will the strap. It’s a good enough mechanism but only that. When actually rowing on the machine, with an even heart stroke of between 25 and 30 SPM, it generally does not move too much. It does creep forwards as I row but it is had by me on the laminate floor. At full power (up to 40), it moves quite a little and I’ve bought some rubber matting to assist with this problem. I don’t really see what could be changed in the design to help this but it’s well worth mentioning.
This is one of the main element elements of getting a rowing machine. Too much and you’ll battle to get a decent length of workout before the muscles are too tired or even injury yourself. Too little and you’ll see no benefit and it’s boring. As the resistance is provided by turning a specific lover, the harder and faster your stroke, the higher the known level of resistance provided.