A round-up of the latest rowing machines
Here are four of the best rowing machines available in the UK at the moment.
Once you've bought your rowing machine, check out this guide to perfecting your rowing technique from Olympic rowing champion Andrew Hodge.
First Degree Fitness have been creating awesome water resistance rowers since 2000. The variable resistance level offered by this puppy are due to its ingenious use of a patented twin-chamber vertical tank that allows you to determine how much water to put in, and therefore lift with each stroke. On its highest setting, the Fluid Rower offers a truly brutal workout but because the resistance is water- rather than belt-based, each row is smoother than Jamie Foxx. This is without doubt one of the best rowers on the market.
Beautiful, isn't it? So much so that you'd be forgiven for thinking that we acquired it from a Christie's art auction, or nicked it from the Tate Gallery. Whether you choose the entry level ash wood one or the top of the range steel S1 rower, you're buying something that will look classier in your house than most of your furniture. It doesn't disappoint on the fitness front either – the resistance self-regulates according to the strength/speed of your stroke so you'll get a tough workout whether you're a couch potato or an Olympic athlete.
The old adage 'if its not broken, don't fix it' was probably thought up for something a little grander than a rowing machine, but it works for the Oxford 2 so we're bagging it. This rowing machine has changed little since its creation 12 years ago, yet remains one of Fitness Superstore's best-selling models (they sold more than 4,000 rowers last year so that's got be a good sign). The great build quality, smooth air resistance and three year warranty are just a few of the reasons this rower might still be a big hit 12 years from now.
As you'd expect from a brand as established as Tunturi, the R25 is one of the best built rowing machines in its price range. The display is extremely clear and simple to use and the noise-free magnetic resistance has eight levels of tension. And while it looks a bit cheaper than some models, when folded it's only 94cm long x 53cm wide so can easily be bunged in a cupboard when you're hosting a posh dinner party.