It’s a new year – a new beginning for you. It’s the time of year when a large percentage of people hit the “reset” button and commit to improving health and fitness. They start diets, join a local health or fitness center, do CrossFit or kickboxing, or buy fitness equipment to exercise in the privacy of their own home.
There is usually a spike in new gym memberships in January, but half of people who join a gym cancel their memberships within 6 months. There are a variety of reasons you might cancel a gym membership, but one of the biggest is that it’s hard to find the time and motivation to actually visit the gym. It’s much easier to have discipline—or at least to overcome apathy or laziness—when you have the convenience of exercising at home.
Fitness and technology
Increasingly, people want the privacy and convenience of working out at home, but they still want the training and connection they would get by going to the fitness center in person. Peloton has capitalized on this cross-section, merging fitness with technology to broadcast live interactive sessions online, and creating a sense of community and friendly competitiveness with a gaming element.
Peloton has built its brand on its sportbike—which makes perfect sense if you’re familiar with the word “peloton.” It is the term used to describe the main group or group of cyclists in a race. Other fitness brands have popped up or jumped on the bandwagon to expand the range of options. Now you can find similar hybrid experiences with bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, stair climbers, elliptical machines, and more. Peloton even offers its own treadmill and rowing machine now.
Row row row your boat
I’ve used a variety of fitness equipment in gym settings, and have owned many different ones over the years. Most of them just gather dust or become some kind of glorified clothing display unit, until I get tired of having them take up space and sell them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
I used a Peloton bike for about 6 months at the beginning of the pandemic. it was good. Both the bike itself and the classes offered were great. The problem for me is that it didn’t motivate me. I have nothing against riding a bike, but it’s not my favorite fitness method.
I know that exercise bikes and treadmills in general are more popular and more widely used, but I have always preferred rowing machines. I enjoy a greater range of motion and engage the whole body rather than just running my legs. There are a few rowers that offer to try the hybrid technology – including one from Peloton as mentioned above, but I went with the Hydrow Rower.
The water rowing machine is a piece of high-end fitness equipment that aims to bring the experience of rowing on the water right into your home. It has a sleek and modern design, measures 86 inches long by 25 inches wide by 47 inches high, and weighs just under 150 pounds. The device has a 22-inch high-resolution touch screen, which provides a clear and responsive interface for navigation and exercise tracking, and it also has multiple ports, including USB and HDMI, in addition to support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which makes it easy to connect to other devices and broadcast Content.
There are wheels on the base at one end to make it easier to move around. It can also be stored vertically (with an optional vertical storage combo added) so it takes up less space when not in use. Hydrow also offers another model – the Hydrow Wave Rower – that’s smaller and lighter (and less expensive) if you prefer.
Using Hydrow is relatively simple. Once the device is set up and connected to the internet, you can access live and on-demand classes through the touch screen. You can also adjust the resistance level, monitor your progress, and track your metrics through the screen. Hydrow includes a variety of workout programs and challenges that can be accessed through the touch screen.
One of Hydrow’s standout features is its realistic kayaking experience. It would be more accurate, technically speaking, to have two separate handles working independently rather than pulling a single rod, but the machine’s resistance system is designed to mimic the feel of paddling on the water, and the machine’s smooth, quiet operation allows for a fully immersive experience. The Hydrow tracks a variety of rowing metrics, such as power, speed, and distance on screen, making it easy to track your progress and set goals.
You can adjust the resistance of your workouts by configuring the settings in your profile through the touchscreen interface. You can customize it to suit your fitness level and exercise goals. With that said, I wish the resistance was a little higher. I’m not a professional rower, and I’m not even at my peak fitness, but I had it set to max resistance and would like the option to crank it up for a tougher workout.
Like Peloton and other fitness equipment with a hybrid experience, Hydrow has a variety of features to help users stay motivated and engaged. You can compete with other Hydrow users in virtual races, and the device is also compatible with popular fitness apps like Strava and Fitbit. Additionally, Hydrow has a built-in leaderboard that allows you to track your progress and compete against other Hydrow users.
Hydrow’s subscription service provides access to live and on-demand classes led by professional rowers. Classes range from beginner to advanced and cover a variety of styles, including cardio, strength, and mindfulness. Live classes are broadcast from locations around the world, such as the Hudson River and Charles River, and provide a sense of community and accountability. On the other hand, on-demand classes can be accessed at any time and provide flexibility for users with busy schedules.
Fitness isn’t cheap
The rower itself is $2,495, and the subscription service is $44 per month. There is a small upside for households as many people will be using the rower because the subscription fee allows for unlimited home memberships. They offer 0% financing options through Klarna that will let you get the rowing and signing up for $63 a month, but that’s pretty steep when you consider you can join Planet Fitness for $10 a month and they also have rowing machines…and many other equipment .
The Hydrow is a significant investment, but well worth the cost, in my opinion, if you want a realistic and immersive kayaking experience in the comfort of your own home. The device is ideal for users of all fitness levels, and the wide range of classes and exercise programs make it a versatile and effective piece of fitness equipment.