What types of rowing machines are there?
There are four types of rowing machines to choose from, each with their own perks, namely hydraulic, water, air and magnetic.
Hydraulic machines rely on hydraulic pistons to generate resistance; these allow for adjustable resistance and are the only machines that can offer an independent workout for each of the arms. These can, however, leak oil, so always keep a mat underneath to protect your flooring.
Water rowing machines create resistance by suspending the paddles in a tank of water, mirroring a true rowing experience. The rowing will be made more difficult depending on how much water there is and on how hard you row. These do have a large footprint, however, and are very heavy.
Air rowing machines create resistance using a spinning flywheel which spins as you row. Just like water machines, the harder you row, the greater the resistance. These models are compact, however, they are also the noisiest.
Magnetic machines use a magnetic brake system to create resistance and are almost completely silent. These offer adjustable resistance, however, do leave a large footprint.