Rowing Machines – A Primer

Rowing Machines – A Primer

A rowing machine is one of the best pieces of equipment you could get for your home gym. It allows you to exercise every major muscle group of your body at the same time with ease. However, these pieces of hardware are expensive and if you are investing in them, you need to be sure that you will be using it regularly.

So here at GTF, we have put together a Rowing Machine primer for you. Once you have gone through this article, you will have a clear idea what to expect in a machine and how much should you shell out depending upon the kind of workout you are looking for.


If you want a machine just for a little add on cardio, there are a lot of different machines for you for light use. The cheapest option is the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Machine, placed at an economical $120.However, if you can spend a little more, we recommend the Stamina Air Rower, priced at $250. It has better build and is much more comfortable and stable. However, either of these machines would be enough for your daily 15-20 minutes of exercise and they are more than capable of helping you lose that last 10 pounds. In any case, do not expect to pay more than $300 for an entry level rowing machine.


If you are seriously looking to build a better body and fitness is more than just improving strength, endurance and stamina and an overall general level of fitness, you should probably go in for something more heavy duty.If you are on a budget, the Stamina Avari is the model for you. Priced economically at $580, it is a powerful machine with a stable build and a lot of features. If you can however afford to spend a little more, look at Concept2’s Model D. Priced at $900, it might be a bit out of your reach, but if it is not, that is the machine you should get.


If you training for a competition, then the machines mentioned above would not be able to keep up with your needs. In this case, the price should not be a consideration as you are investing in a machine that will continue to serve you for a very long time.Our top recommendation would be the Concept2 Model E, an upgrade to the Model D. There’s a $200 difference in price but it is definitely worth the upgrades and perks of getting the upgraded model E.

Other Factors

Extra Equipment

You might want to invest in a mat. It is not very expensive and it will make your workout experience much more comfortable as the machine will not skid.

Shipping Cost

Depending on how you buy the machine, the expense of getting it shipped to your place can vary a lot.We would recommend Amazon as the primary marketplace as it would cover all the expenses and lump them together, from shipping to repairs to replacements, at usually no-extra cost.

However, you might even consider getting a used machine as well. These are cheaper and if you can find the machine in the right condition, it would be an actual steal. However, do this only if you are a beginner and do not care much about the machine you are working on.

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