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1. ROW TRAINING AT HOME - THESE TYPES OF ROWING MACHINES ARE THERE

The rowing machine is the perfect piece of sports equipment to combine strength training, calorie burning and endurance training at home. For the ideal training effect, you should know exactly which rowing machine suits you. A distinction is made, among other things, according to:

the type of resistance (magnetic brake system, air or water resistance)the training method (cable pull or extension arm)analogue or digital rowing training

1.1 TYPE OF RESISTANCE

Like any endurance training device, rowing machines require resistance that determines the intensity of the workout. The type of resistance has no influence on the effectiveness of your training: However, the choice of braking or resistance system does affect the feeling of rowing.

At SportPlus you will find rowing machines with magnetic braking systems, air and water resistance. The Waterrower conveys a particularly authentic experience.

MAGNETIC BRAKE SYSTEM

With a magnetic brake system, the resistance is generated by a permanent magnet, which brakes the flywheel with the desired intensity. The trainee must therefore exert force to keep the flywheel moving against the resistance of the magnet. A magnetic brake system is considered wear-free because the magnet does not touch the flywheel. The resistance is greater the closer the magnet is to the flywheel.

There are two ways to adjust the resistance of a magnetic brake system: Manually or computer-controlled.

At With a manual magnetic brake system, the user has to turn a dial to set the desired resistance. There are no training programs available. You have to "compose" your training yourself using the dial.

With a computer-controlled magnetic brake system, you can access various training programs in which the resistance is set automatically.

For example, the user can select an interval program and the resistance adjustment is controlled by the training computer done fully automatically. App-controlled or watt-controlled (ergometer) training is only possible with a computer-controlled magnetic brake system.

Examples (clickable):

Sport+ rowing machine with manual resistance adjustment (SP-MR-008)

Sport+ rowing machine with manual resistance adjustment (SP-MR-008-B)

Sport+ rowing machine with manual resistance adjustment (SP-MR-020)

Sport+ rowing machine with computer controlled resistance v. (SP-MR-030-iE)

AIR RESISTANCE (TURBINE BRAKING SYSTEM)

For devices with air resistance, the degree of difficulty is increased by air turbulence increased, which arise when rowing. Here, too, different resistance levels can be set, which make the training more intensive. Rowing feels a little more authentic than rowing machines with a magnetic brake system.

SportPlus rowing machine with turbine brake system (SP-MR-010)

WATER RESISTANCE

If you want a particularly natural rowing experience, you should opt for a rowing machine with water resistance. Rowing on a Waterrower almost feels like rowing through real water. The level of resistance depends on the amount of water in the tank and also increases with the strength of the rowing pull.

SportPlus water rowing machine with water resistance (SP-MR-011)

SportPlus water rowing machine with water resistance (SP-WR-1800)

1.2 TYPE OF TRAINING METHOD

Not all rowing machines work according to the same principle. A big differentiator is the type of training method - either with cable pull or with side arms.

CABLE

Training with the cable system is suitable for both beginners and advanced users. With this training method, you can do practically nothing wrong, since the cable only can be pulled backwards in the right way. Incorrect loading is thus almost impossible.

SIDE EXTENSION

Some rowing machines have so-called lateral outriggers. Both arms are individually guided backwards. This training method is ideal for anyone who wants a rowing feeling that is as natural as possible.

In addition, the muscle groups addressed can also be varied slightly by the angle at which the ropes are pulled back. However, this also increases the risk of incorrect loading.

Note: With SportPlus, all models are equipped with the cable pull system because we want to make your training as comfortable and safe as possible.

1.3 DIGITAL OR ANALOG TRAINING?

In the past, you always had to manually set the resistance on rowing machines, which was a bit cumbersome. With some models, you had to dismount to set a new level, which would make interval training impossible, for example.

Modern rowing machines have a training computer that allows digital exercise control. The resistance can be conveniently set directly on the display. You can also query your most important performance data via the training computer, for example:

+ heart rate

+ rowing strokes per minute

+ calories burned

+ training duration

At SportPlus you can also expect rowing machines with app control. Connected to your smartphone or tablet, the range of functions in terms of training control and analysis is increased even further.

Note: Of course, these modern rowing machines can also be used at any time without an app.

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