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Would you reccomend a rowing machine at home?

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SouthernComforts Tue 21-Jul-15 20:36:16

Just that really. I've lost a stone now through healthy eating and now I want to tone up at home.

Do you have one? If so which one? And would you recommend it for general toning?


SqueezyCheeseWeasel Wed 22-Jul-15 17:33:47

I would recommend it but only if you can afford a good one - a concept 2 or a water rower.

The cheaper ones just don't give enough resistance and are too small to get a full length stroke, I have had both ends of the market. I soon replaced the £300 Argos machine with a proper concept 2 because the cheap one was pointless. I bought the concept new, about 6 years ago. It's a model D, I don't know if they still make them, it was about £900 but has done well over 3 million metres now and is still going strong with no issues. The results are great, it is fab for your core. In fact, it works lots of muscle groups. If you do intervals, it's fab for stamina too.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Wed 22-Jul-15 17:34:59

Just to say, make sure you have the space though. The concept2 is 10 feet long!

contortionist Wed 22-Jul-15 17:38:42

The Concept 2 is great, but not cheap and takes up a lot of room. I had to give mine away to a local rowing club when I moved to a smaller flat. And then I bought another as soon as I moved somewhere big enough to have one again!

gincamelbak Wed 22-Jul-15 23:11:40

We had a fairly cheap (<£150) fold up one and I loved it. Started off not being able to row for more than 5 minutes at a time on the lightest tension, ended up doing 30 minutes on highest tension about two months later. Loved it. Definitely made a difference to my waist and my arms and legs, really noticeable difference. It also made a significant improvement to my recovery and fitness for running.

Sad thing is though that after 18 months of use every other day by me and DH, the folding hinge snapped narrowly avoiding raining me as I put it away one evening and we've not replaced it.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 22-Jul-15 23:30:01

We've got a concept 2, it's an excellent piece of kit - much better imo than elliptical or bike. But as people have said , it takes space - most of one half of our double garage has become our exercise machine room. If you don't have that much space then a good bike might be a better bet than a smaller but less good rower.

SouthernComforts Wed 22-Jul-15 23:31:10

I've looked at the concept 2 but it is out of my price range tbh! I've been looking at ones reduced from 400 to 200..

Which model was yours gin? (Although I want one that won't attack me after 18 months ha)

gincamelbak Thu 23-Jul-15 01:00:29

It was one on amazon, can't remember the brand sadly. Nothing flash at all, had a seat that went backand forth on the runner, a belt rower and a digital display that showed time/distance/speed/calories. It folded up on a hinge with a pin that held it in place.

That description is possibly of no use :-D

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