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The 9 Best Indoor Rowing Machines You Can Buy Right Now to Boost Your Cardio and Strength

Runner’s World Logo By Amy Schlinger of Runner’s World | Slide 1 of 10: Indoor rowing is an effective low-impact exercise that combines both cardio and strength in each workout. And contrary to what some believe about it being an upper-body-focused workout because you’re pulling a handle, rowing is actually a full-body routine that engages the legs, back, glutes, arms, core, and more. In fact, a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that rowing machines actually engage 86 percent of the muscles in your body—which is more than most exercises do. It’s the perfect cross-training tool for runners, too, because it’s low impact. (If you’ve never tried rowing before, it’s easy to do and can be learned in just minutes. Here’s how to do it correctly with proper form.) Plus, if you’re not comfortable going back to the gym yet due to coronavirus concerns, a rower is a great option for those who want to work out from the comfort and safety of their own home, since most can be folded or pushed away for easy storage.Whether you’re a purist who wants to hear the swoosh of water as you row or a group-class junkie who prefers pop music and instruction, there’s an indoor rower out there for you. Here are some of our favorites, each with unique features and details. Choose one that fits your specific workout wants and needs.

Indoor rowing is an effective low-impact exercise that combines both cardio and strength in each workout. And contrary to what some believe about it being an upper-body-focused workout because you’re pulling a handle, rowing is actually a full-body routine that engages the legs, back, glutes, arms, core, and more.

In fact, a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that rowing machines actually engage 86 percent of the muscles in your body—which is more than most exercises do. It’s the perfect cross-training tool for runners, too, because it’s low impact. (If you’ve never tried rowing before, it’s easy to do and can be learned in just minutes. Here’s how to do it correctly with proper form.) Plus, if you’re not comfortable going back to the gym yet due to coronavirus concerns, a rower is a great option for those who want to work out from the comfort and safety of their own home, since most can be folded or pushed away for easy storage.

Whether you’re a purist who wants to hear the swoosh of water as you row or a group-class junkie who prefers pop music and instruction, there’s an indoor rower out there for you. Here are some of our favorites, each with unique features and details. Choose one that fits your specific workout wants and needs.

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