Best Rowing Machine Resistance Systems
Rowing Machine Resistance:
Pistons are the least expensive method, but new models allow for a smooth, natural movement. Rowing machines with hydraulic pistons will last longer than many other models and will reduce injury, thanks to the smooth back-and-forth motion.
Air pressure creates resistance. This type of rowing machine is the most common. It is very durable but can be more expensive than other rowers. Also, rowing machines that run on air pressure will reach the peak of their resistance when the air is pressured at its maximum point. Because of this, you won’t have one constant level of air resistance.
The quietest of all the rowing machines, the magnetic row machine does not use a flywheel. It is also very smooth. Like air pressure, magnetic resistance will build as the magnets get closer to each other.
A flywheel in water gives a realistic rowing feeling. This can be somewhat noisy, but many people find the water sound to be soothing. Most water rowing machines feature a long paddle that spins in a container of water, powered by your motions. This guarantees an even level of resistance. Plus, you won’t have to worry about replacing springs or pistons, since there are none.