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Find the Best Rated Rowing Machines

written by: Janelle Martel • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 8/9/2011

If you're looking for a great exercise that combines cardiovascular fitness with strength training, look no further than rowing machines. Working your major muscle groups and strengthening your back, having a rowing machine in the home can greatly enhance your fitness routine.

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    Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

    The Stamina is a compact, portable device at a budget price. This is great for someone with limited space who wants to get a good workout in a hurry. With dimensions of 23 1/2" x 46" this device can fold up and be stored away. This rowing device has a steel frame with an aluminum beam and the center and has a life expectancy of several years. Operating on hydraulics and ball bearers, the device is designed to make you feel like you're really rowing on water. A monitor displays distance, speed, time, calories burned and strokes. This device is a widespread bestseller with consistently strong ratings.

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    Kettler Kadett Outrigger Style Rower Rowing Machine

    The Kettler works in a circular motion suing hydraulics, and has settings on a scale of 1 to 12 with a weight capacity of 250 pounds. The seat is designed to be ergonomic, and it includes a computer trainer including device that tracks your heart rate. With dimensions of 59 x 67 x 18 inches, this device boasts of an "outrigger" design that resembles the modern boats of today. The foot plates are equipped with adjustable straps, and the arms fold up so that it doesn't take up too much space when it is not in use.
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    ProRower H2O RX-750 Home Series Rowing Machine

    The ProRower is a great device for those serious about working out. This stylish device includes a watertank that employs hydopower while you work. The water creates a natural resistance that lets you determine the speed and itensity of your workout without the deed for confusing buttons and settings. Also equipped with a progress screen and a heart monitor, the rowing machine comes with adjustable foot rests that pivot. This device has a weight capacity of 350 pounds and dimensions of 78 by 20 by 22 inches. This is a great device for an advanced workout enthusiast.