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Benefits Of Drinking Water

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​​When it comes to the human body, not much else is more important than water.

Having the right amount can help your body and your mind to achieve levels of activity, intelligence, and power that others who are experiencing dehydration just can't achieve.

Not drinking enough water is shown to decrease our concentration, cause extreme fatigue, ruin our skin, and literally cause pain in the form of headaches and muscle cramps. (source).

​So with that out of the way, let's look at some benefits of drinking water.

1. ​Lose And Manage Your Weight

As you're aware by now, losing weight isn't quite as simple as visiting the gym twice a week and flexing in front of every mirror you see.

Water can help us out here.

Since water serves as a natural appetite suppressant, aiding the metabolism, with a glass of water or two before a meal you are less likely to gain weight and the job of losing it is all that much easier. (source).

​2. ​Get Rid Of Them Nasty Toxins

​There are many ways that water helps rid the body of toxins:

​​Sweating​, going to the bathroom, and even something as simple as breathing all play significant roles in the removal of body waste and water's presence is ​pretty much essential to all of these processes.

​In the times when we consume excess toxins (like that triple stacked cheeseburger you just ate), the body's organs are usually equipped with the capacity to get rid of these harmful materials.

​​But when aren't drinking enough water, we're subject to buildups of harmful chemicals. This is where your uncle's horror story about kidney stones comes from.

Not drinking enough water can also lead to increases in toxins or harmful substances in the eyes, nose, and throat since these substances aren't getting washed out like normal.

​3. Get That Smooth Skin You've Always Wanted

​Dehydration can make your skin look tight, flaky and dry. And not one person who looked like a Greek God has ever had tight, flaky, or dry skin.

It's bad news. ​

​Even worse, dehydration leads to an increase in oil ​in our skin which, besides sounding gross, causes more pimples than normal (seriously, you'll look like a pubescent 12 year old).

But drinking enough water ensures that our skin looks and feels healthy, plus it naturally limits wrinkles.

​4. Keep The Movements Moving

​Dehydration equals constipation.

Write it down, stick it on your bathroom mirror.

To keep all the movements moving quickly and easily, we recommend making water your absolute best friend.

And remember: true friends drink their best friends frequently.

​5. Keep Your Joints ​So ​Young​​​

Do you wake up in the mornings feeling like someone placed a voodoo hex on your back and knees?

Have no fear, water is here!

When you don't have enough water and are dehydrated​​, your body takes water from all the ​not real important stuff (joints, muscles) and puts it into the real, real important stuff (organs).

If you wake up in the mornings and feel joint pain that eases as the day goes on, lack of hydration may be a culprit. Try to drink more before bed or during the night to prevent this.

​6. Transform Into Tom Brady Through Your Athletic Prowess

Like we discussed above with your joints, inadequate hydration leads to decreased performance. The same applies for muscles.

And no, you probably won't transform into Tom Brady with adequate water. Aquaman is much more likely.

Whoever your preferred transmorphation is, the science is clear: less water means your muscles will basically begin to treat you like you're 80, which hampers in on all sorts of fun.

​Maximize athletic ability, decrease muscle pain, and increase recovery by staying hydrated.​

​7. ​Stop Bombs Going Off In Your Brain

If you​r head frequently feels like you have cluster bombs going off inside, we have good news:

​It may just be a signal that you need more water.

It also may be cluster bombs. We don't know.

But most likely it isn't, which means that your chances of your migraine or headache being water-related are all that more likely. 

​Drinking sufficient water is so powerful that one study called it a "cost effective, low-risk, and non-invasive intervention to reduce or prevent headache pain." (source).

So next time ya brain starts throbbin', go drink a glass. But if you've been drinking ​another​ type of glass...​​​

​​8. ​​​The Secret Ingredient To Hangover Cures

If you feel like I've been talking ​really loud​ this whole time, this tip is for you.

​​​Alcohol, being a diuretic, increases the passing of urine; in short, your body turns into a fire hydrant. ​

​To get fast hangover treatment, no need to use that ungodly brew from your grandmother passed down as a "family secret". Just drink a glass of water and you'll feel ready to go to your local watering hole again in no time.

​9. Literally Stop Your Brain From Shrinking

​Yes, this really does happen.

A recent study showed that dehydration caused by working out for 90 minutes without replenishing your fluids shrunk your brain as much as a year of ageing and months of Alzheimers. (source).

Drink your water people.

10. Literally Makes You Smarter

​The same study above showed than when we are dehydrated, we have to use more energy to achieve the same results.

Being without water literally makes you dumber.

Drink your water people.

​11. Have The Heart Of A Horse

​When we don't drink enough water, our blood gets thicker than your fat uncle's waistline after a holiday meal.

​This raises your blood pressure and puts a strain on your heart. While the strain may not be too bad in the short term, enough of these strains in the long term can cause serious heart problems.

​0/10. Would not recommend.

​12. If You Were A Superhero, You'd Be SuperOrgans

​We've talked about how water helps your skin, your kidneys, your brain, and your heart.

It also helps other organs attain all the vital chemicals they need so you don't develop chronic conditions.

Time to don your cape, SuperOrgans. Crime (of not drinking enough water) awaits.

​13. Have The World's Best Breath

I'm not saying that you can get rid of that foul stench of onions and garlic before you go on your first date just by drinking water, but it'll sure help you seem more human and less swamp creature.​

14. PH = Perfectly Healthy

​Your PH levels in your body are literally a measure of how acidic you are.

Not acidic as a person! I'm sure everyone loves to be around you. We're talking about literally acidic. Like, where you are on a scale of bananas to oranges.

Being too close to the oranges (meaning your PH is too high) can pretty much make all of your life horrible. Having a high PH is associated with everything from muscular cramps to bad breath to how ladies smell... ​erm​... ​down there​.

Just make sure to drink enough water that you don't start having acid spit and you'll probably be fine. But how do we know how much is enough?​​​​​​

​How Much Water Should I Drink?

​There ​are no official standards for how much water you should be drinking on a daily basis.

This is because of the variables like age, sex, weight, level of physical activities, the climate of your area etc. ​The 8x8 rule (8 glasses a day, 8 oz each) serves as a general guideline, but you may be needing more than that.

​This is an area where it's better to go a little bit over than a little bit under, but for the average person, your thirst is a pretty good gauge of how much water you need.

Pay attention to your body here. If you're thirsty or your urine is a yellow color, this is the body's way of saying "Hey dingbat! We need more water!"

And, if you're unsure, go ahead and drink another glass anyways.

​Conclusion

Thanks for reading!

​Water is, by basically every definition ever, pretty much the coolest stuff since sliced bread and peanut butter.

​Let me know in the comments: ​what are your drinking habits and what do you recommend for others?

Stay awesome. Have a great day.

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What Are The Best Shoes For Crossfit?

​What Are The Best Shoes For Crossfit?

​(For Men And Women)

​Crossfit, by almost every definable metric, has pretty much taken the world by storm. In fact, there are now more Crossfit gyms worldwide than there are Starbucks. (source).

​Since Crossfit is all about maximizing performance, it only makes sense that you'd want the best shoes in the world to maximize your effort in the gym.

We've got our full reviews down below, but here's a table made if you're just looking for the best.

Who Needs ​Crossfit Shoes?

​​​While everyone needs shoes to ​do ​Crossfit, not everyone needs shoes specifically ​for ​Crossfit. Particularly if you're just getting into it and not sure if you will continue, a pair of shoes specifically for Crossfit may not be worth the effort.​​​​​​

If, however, you are:

​1) ​Serious about strengthening your body, mind, and spirit

​2)​ Committed to exercising

​3)​ Wanting to maximize your performance in the gym and on the track

​Then a pair of shoes for Crossfit will undoubtedly by a great investment in terms of time, energy, and money.​​​

​​​What ​​​Crossfit Shoes Do

​​Crossfit shoes solve a problem that many Crossfitters face: your shoes aren't ideal for running, or they aren't ideal for lifting.

Often, your shoes aren't much use for running ​or ​lifting.​​​

But a good pair of shoes really makes a difference. In 2017 during Nike's Breaking2 project, a project using the world's greatest runners attempting to break the 2 hour marathon, one of the key pieces of equipment that Nike outfitted ​their runners in was nothing other than a new shoe geared for speed. (source).

In the same way, weightlifting shoes offer support for your feet and ankles and help assure that your heel (and, by extension, your entire leg) stays perfectly aligned with the floor.

​Crossfit shoes conquer both of these dilemmas by producing an ideal shape for running while also ensuring you have the support and stability required of weightlifting.

Crossfit shoes will:

  • Give you stable footing not found in normal running shoes
  • ​Allow you to biomechanically have a better lift due to construction of the shoe
  • Endure rigorous runs, rope climbs, or the other challenges Crossfit provides
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    ​Be comfortable in and out of the gym
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    ​Be significantly more lightweight than a weightlifting shoe to optimize running performance
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    ​Help you have better form on leg exercises due to lower heels (this means less strain on your back)

​How To Choose The Best ​​Crossfit Shoes For You

Crossfit is a sport with a lot of different variables; how much you run, lift, climb ropes, or run around pounding the ground and shouting after a successful lift will depend on what cage you're a part of.

​With all the possible variation in the mix, the best shoes for you may not be the best shoes for your buddy going to the cage across town.

​​Likewise, if you want to focus more on one area, there are shoes that will be able to help you accomplish that.

​The best Crossfit shoes for you will undoubtedly be the ones that help you do the lift, run the mile, climb the rope, or make you an all-around better athlete.

Pick the shoe that most closely matches what you'd like to get out of it and will provide the most value for you. If running is your favorite part of Crossfit and you do it outside the gym, (if you don't, here are five reasons you that are basically guaranteed to make you want to start) then you may want to get a pair that helps you beat the clock all the more while still providing support for the big lifts in the cage.

If you're an avid weightlifter and love snatches, cleans, and lifting heavy things, then there are shoes that get your heels closer to the ground (keeping strain off your back), give ankle support, and will still speed up your mile time.

Whatever you're looking for, don't be afraid to stand out among the crowd and get the shoes that you (not your friends or your buddies in the cage) want.

There are Crossfit shoes out there with fitting your style and those shoes have your name on them. Don't be afraid to do a little digging to find them; we promise it will be worth it.

​​Our Picks For Best ​Crossfit Shoes

​​I've chosen ​the ​best Crossfit shoes in the world to help you step up your game. We've graded these shoes based on:

​1)​ How much they help your runs

​2) ​How much they help your lifts

​3)​ How durable these shoes will be

​For each of these metrics, we've assigned a star rating and then given our own rating, which is an average of all the metrics above.

​We have sections for both men and women and we start our reviews with the ladies. Click below to jump straight to the reviews:

Men

Women

And if you're not looking for a review and just want to get straight to the best options, here is a neat little table below where you can click and go straight to Amazon.

Enjoy 🙂

Best Crossfit Shoes For Women

​Running

​Lifting

​Durability

Our Rating

​​The Nano 8.0 is ​one of the absolute best shoes in the world for those Crossfit lifts, rope climbs, and sprints.

The Nano has a wide toe box, allowing you to stabilize during lifts, and a low rise from roe to heel meaning that your heels are that much closer to being on the ground.

This is ​great​ news if you struggle with form on higher weights, have knee problems, or experience back pain while lifting.

The Nano is also super durable, meaning that it will last you more than a few rope climbs without you having to tear the soles out. It'll also do you well if you do a lot of running on gravel or other rough surfaces.

Running is probably the Nano's biggest weak spot; while you can definitely run in these while staying comfy, these shoes aren't designed with much more than a mile in mind.

If you're doing sprints of any kind, you'll never know the difference. If you're looking to clock a 5k, 10k, or marathon, you wouldn't be bad off to look for other shoes dedicated to running.

​This shoe is also super fashionable. It has a huge variety of colors and the reviews say that it fits true to size.​​​


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    ​Wide toe box for stability
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    ​Low toe/heel rise - will help with form, knee pain, and keep stress off back
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    ​Very durable - you won't have any problems with ropes or running on rough surfaces
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    ​Extremely lightweight and great for sprints
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  • ​Low toe padding, so not the most comfortable shoe for long runs


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​Durability

Our Rating

​​​The Tazon 6 is a shoe that very few Crossfitting women will ever regret getting.

First off, this thing is great for running. It includes toe padding and heel padding to ensure that you won't start feeling the miles later on in your run, and may even help with your speed a bit due to light weight and aerodynamic design.

​The Tazon is also packing in the durability: it's surefire that this shoe won't give out on you during your brutal punishments. This shoe can climb rope, run around, and box jump with the best of them.

​Due to its great design for running, this shoe suffers a bit on weightlifting. It does have good support for your feet and ankles, including feet padding to ensure that you aren't moving on the edges of your feet.

Keeping you off the edges of your feet while lifting really helps to keep your knees out, protecting you from injuries. 

Yet this shoe doesn't have anything stellar as far as a wide toe box or low toe/heel rise. The toe box isn't super necessary, but the low toe/heel rise can be helpful if you struggle with form, are going for high weight, or have pains.

All in all, this is an incredible shoe for Crossfit and one of the better options for those whose emphasis is running.

This shoe looks good and has several color options. Some said it fits true to size, others say it fits a bit small. I would say if you're between two sizes with most brands, go up a size, but otherwise you are probably fine.


  • ​Toe padding makes running comfy
  • ​Heel padding also makes running comfy
  • ​Lightweight and aerodynamic
  • ​Extremely durable
  • ​Fashionable with variety of colors
  • ​Helps you stay off the insides of your feet - great for injury protection while lifting
  • ​No toe box
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​Running

​Lifting

​Durability

Our Rating

​​​The Cell Raize Heather is meant to be a cross-training shoe and it delivers spectacularly.

​While this shoe is not the best shoe on the market for either running or lifting, at time of writing it is the shoe with the lowest price tag by a significant margin, making it the value pick of this review.

The Cell Raize Heather comes with padding for both toes and heels plus has a light weight and aerodynamic feel to it.

This shoe also comes with some foot support and helps you avoid the inside of your feet when you're lifting.

​The Cell Raize Heather does not come with a wide toe box for heavy lifts and doesn't have much to brag about in the way of toe/heel rise, so don't expect any miracles when you try this shoe on and go for a deadlift.

This shoe has some serious durability. Whatever you intend to put it through, it will last with the best of them and you'll be laughing when all your friends go to buy new shoes.

The Cell Raize Heather also lost half a star due to lack of s​erious ankle support.

Many ladies said it was comfortable, but may have been sized a bit too small. Several reviews mentioned the wish that they'd have bought half a size up.

The Cell Raize Heather looks great, but doesn't have a lot of color options.


  • ​Toe padding makes running comfy
  • ​Heel padding also makes running comfy
  • ​Very durable - you won't have any problems with ropes or running on rough surfaces
  • ​The value pick
  • Helps you stay off the inside of your feet while lifting - great for injury protection
  • ​No wide toe box
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    ​Nothing to brag about as far as toe/heel drop
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    ​Not much ankle support for side to side moving
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    ​Not a wide variety of colors


Best Crossfit Shoes For Men

​Running

​Lifting

​Durability

Our Rating

​​​​The Nano 8.0 for both men and women consistently have the highest reviews and the best performance for Crossfit shoes.

This shoe, like the women's version, has a wide toe box and the toe/heel rise is made for people looking to set PRs in all forms of Olympic lifts. The low toe/heel rise is also great for anyone who suffers from knee, hip, or back pain as the low toe/heel rise keeps stress off these areas.

This shoe was also made to endure the tough trials of Crossfit; specifically made to last during rope climbing sessions, the Nano 8.0 won't wear out on you whether you're climbing the rope, lifting, or cranking out some more sprints.

While the Nano 8.0 excels at lifting, it's not the greatest shoe in the world for long distance runs. It has enough padding where you won't have any problems at all in short bursts like sprints, but you probably don't want to run a marathon in these.

But as long as you aren't going much more than a few miles, these shoes are comfy, durable, and made to set records in your cage.

Most people say that these fit true to size, but a few say purchase a half size up. I would say purchase your size and return them if they're a fuzz small for you.

This shoe looks really good and has tons of colors available.


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    ​Wide toe box for stability
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    ​Low toe/heel rise - will help with form, knee pain, and keep stress off back
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    ​Very durable - you won't have any problems with ropes or running on rough surfaces
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    ​Extremely lightweight and great for sprints
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    ​Fashionable with wide variety of colors
  • ​Lack of a lot of toe and heel padding means that these aren't the most comfortable shoes for long runs


​Running

​Lifting

​Durability

Our Rating

​​​​The Glove 4 is one of the premier shoes for Crossfit with an emphasis on helping you log the distance and speed you want while running. 

These shoes are lightweight, aerodynamic, and have both toe and heel padding to make sure that your run is as comfortable as it can be.

These shoes are also extremely durable. Having been made for the purpose of trail running, the Glove 4 is meant to last you through any terrain, any lift, and any rope. It's actually the trail running characteristics that make this shoe ​so good​ for Crossfit.​​​

While the toe/heel rise isn't anything to write home about, this shoe does have a nice toe box for stability and the design will help you stay off the insides of your feet while lifting (which will help you make sure your knees aren't going in during the heavy lifts).

Most reviews say that these shoes fit as expected, but some say to order a half size up. I think for the majority of people, ordering your true size is probably fine.

The Glove 4 looks great and has tons of color options.


  • ​Toe padding makes running comfy
  • ​Heel padding also makes running comfy
  • ​Very durable - you won't have any problems with ropes or running on rough surfaces
  • ​Wide tow box
  • Helps you stay off the inside of your feet while lifting - great for injury protection
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    ​Lots of color options
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    ​Nothing to brag about as far as toe/heel drop
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    ​Not much ankle support for side to side moving


​Running

​Lifting

​Durability

Our Rating

​The Charged Ultimate 2.0 has unique traits that make it one of the best shoes on the planet for Crossfitters, particularly anyone looking to shoe shop on a budget.

The Charged Ultimate is lightweight and aerodynamic, plus it includes some pretty good padding for the heels and toes. This shoe will also help you land and stay on the outsides of your feet, giving you more running power and stability, as well as keeping your knees from pushing inward when you're lifting. These attributes make the Charged Ultimate a great running shoe.

It is also a pretty good weight lifting shoe. It has some decent ankle support, but the toe/heel rise can't compete with shoes that are made only for weight lifting. The toe box is fairly wide, which will help with runs and lifts.

While this shoe is durable and will last you a while, it is the value pick of this list and probably won't handle as many rope climbs and runs on rough surfaces that the other shoes we've will.

At time of writing, this shoe has the lowest average cost of any shoe on this list, so this is definitely a go-to for the budget shopper looking for value.

Most people said this shoe fit to size, but some said it was a fuzz small. If you usually don't have any problems with shoes feeling too small, you're probably fine to shop at your true size.

Some comments were made about the tongue on this shoe being different. Some said they didn't like it, no one said that they loved it, but the vast majority of people said it just took some getting used to. Many reviewers specified that after wearing the shoe for a bit, it was extremely comfortable.

The Charged Ultimate 2.0 has a few colors to choose from, but not too many.


  • ​Toe padding makes running comfy
  • ​Heel padding also makes running comfy
  • ​Ankle support
  • ​The value pick
  • Helps you stay off the inside of your feet while lifting and running - great for injury protection
  • ​No wide toe box
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    ​Nothing to brag about as far as toe/heel drop
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    ​Not much ankle support for side to side moving
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    ​Not a wide variety of colors
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    ​Not the most durable shoe


C​onclusion

​​Thanks for reading! Since there are so many variables in different workouts, I recommend different shoes for different circumstances. That said, if I only had to recommend one, I would recommend the Men's Nano 8.0 and the Women's Nano 8.0 as the best Crossfit shoes overall.

The Nano 8.0 series gives you the support you need for lifting, the comfort and speed you need for sprints, and are durable enough to last a long time.

Let me know in the comments below: What are your go-to Crossfit shoes?

Stay awesome. Have a great day.

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What Is The Best Rowing Machine Of 2019?

​What Is The Best
​​Rowing Machine Of 2019?

​The gentle whir of of the mechanism, the slight pressure in your thighs, the incredible feeling of a fantastic workout without having to move more than a few feet.

You are on a rower.

​Rowing machines were first patented way back in 1872, but only became popular in the 1980s with the advent of the Concept2 rower, a rowing machine so effective that it has barely been altered since.

My first experience with a rowing machine was back during my old Crossfit days when I saw people working hard on some contraption that obviously wasn't moving them very far.

Rowers are used in places like Crossfit gyms because they are a powerhouse exercise machine. Rowing machines work almost the entirety of the human body, are low impact, and are not weight bearing.

Translation?

Anyone can use a rower to get fit without hurting their muscles or their joints.

Anyone.

So if you're looking to get a rower for your school, your gym, or your home use, here is a detailed guide showing you the absolute best rowing machines in the world today.

Rowing machines vary greatly in comfort and extra features, so I made sure to cover all the various price points for you. You can find the best rowing machines for any budget here.

If you're just looking to see the top ranking results, here's a neat little table formed by our fantastic graphic designer.

Who Needs A Rowing Machine?

Rowing machines are ​incredible machines simply because they check so many boxes when it comes to exercise.

Rowing machines are great for individual use because you can get an absolutely fantastic workout by incorporating a rower into your exercise routines.

Not only do rowers work great in routines, but they are also perfect as a standalone exercise.

Rowers pair well with people who have joint pains. Due to rowers being low impact, your knees, hips, ankles, shoulders, and elbows shouldn't give you too much trouble during or after the exercise.

The low impact of rowers also means that they serve as a great warm up or light exercise. When I had hurt my sciatic nerve in my back (in my 20s, no less), I was nearly rendered worthless inside of a gym while it healed. During this time, I used the gym's rowing machine to give my lower back ​some exercise without hurting my nerve.

It worked fantastic.

​Someone who rows competitively (the kind of rowing that's on water​!) will benefit from a rower as well. With the correct form, a rowing machine will simulate being on open water. If you aren't feeling like carrying your kayak or canoe down to the river but need a workout, an indoor rower is perfect for you.

Rowing machines make great tools for anyone who doesn't want the hassle of going to a gym, anyone who would love a full workout at home, anyone who has any joint or nerve pain, and anyone who rows competitively.

What Rowing Machines Do

Rowing machines are designed to deliver a near full body exercise within the comfort of your home.

Rowers typically work all of the muscles listed below. In the list below, I've mentioned the muscles names you'll recognize and then listed a more specific name of the muscle worked in parenthesis.

  • Leg muscles (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves)
  • ​The glorious glutes
  • ​Core all the way around (all of the abs, erector spinae, obliques)
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    Back muscles (trapezius, latissimus dorsi, rhomboids)
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    ​Shoulders and arms (deltoids, biceps)
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    ​Forearms (flexors and extensors)

It is also worth mentioning that the chest and triceps are also worked while using a rower, but the resistance these muscles encounter is negligible so I decided not to include it.

If you'll take a moment to notice, this means that rowers engage literally every single major muscle group in the body.

Surprisingly, even though rowers work ​all this​, they are a gentle exercise on the body. Rowing is low intensity and low impact, meaning that no particular muscle will be working extremely hard and there will not be much pressure on your joints.

Because of this, rowers serve as an exceptional workout machine while being accessible to everyone.

Rowing machines are capable of making anyone work up a serious sweat without suffering for it later in life.​​​

​How To Choose The Best ​​​​Rowing Machine For You

​​Since there is quite a bit of variation between price, quality, durability, and different features between rowers, you will want to pick the one that suits your needs and budget best.

Some rowers, for example, are more quiet than others.

Some rowers offer different levels of resistance while other rowers use air or water to gauge their resistance levels.

All rowers reviewed here are extremely durable, but some will come with a better warranty or guarantee than others.

​The perfect rower for others may not be the perfect rower for you. Choose the rower that fits your price point and has the features that you want it to have.

​​Our Picks For Best ​​​Rowing Machines

​​I've chosen five of the most popular ​​​I've chosen five of the most popular ​rowing machines to review based on the features of each machine, the durability, and the price point.

Let's see how they all stack up and hopefully you can find the one that best suits your needs.

​Features

​Durability

​Price

Our Rating

​​​​​​Heading up this review is the powerhouse Avari Stamina.

It is not the priciest or the rower with the most perks, but it is such a powerful combination of price and features that it is probably the best value on this entire list and the one that many people can grab while not shelling out the big bucks.

As far as features go, the Stamina has a ​ton​. It has a backlit display that includes workout programs and allows you to make your own user profile so that it can accurately judge your calorie count and fitness level.

The backlit display also shows several stats including distance traveled, energy output, and your heart rate.

​But wait a second, how does this thing know your heart rate?

Well, it includes a chest strap: by far the most accurate way of measuring heart rate during exercise.

​Last but not least in the feature list, this device has customizable difficulty levels since it is a magnetic rower. And since it is a magnetic rower, your workouts will be pretty much silent.

The Avari Stamina is quite a durable machine. ​The vast majority of reviews mentioned how this rower was built solid and as tough as nails. Many reviews on Amazon mention that they have owned this machine for months or years with no problems.

While this is not the least expensive option on the market, it is probably the one with the best bang for your buck and comes incredibly high on the value scale.

It comes with a 90 day warranty; not necessary, but always good to see companies backing their products up.​​​


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    ​Extensive display with a variety of stats
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    ​Can customize user profiles
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    ​Can change difficulty levels
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    Magnetic resistance is quiet
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    ​Highly durable
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    ​Extremely high value/best bang for your buck
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​​​​​​​The Concept2 rowing machine has a dominant share for one reason: they consistently deliver the highest quality, feature-packed, built to last devices.

Don't believe me? At time of writing, this machine has 4.9/5 stars on Amazon.

People love this thing.

Reasons why are obvious. As with many of the other rowers, the Concept2 has a backlit display showing stats. No big deal there.

​Where the Concept2 really begins to shine is in the bonus features they offer not found anywhere else. Their performance monitor (coloquially called PM5) easily connects with almost any fitness monitoring device such as a chest strap or other heart rate monitor.

This performance monitor allows you to save and store your workouts online or on a USB, download your workout stats to a spreadsheet, and check out your performance over time.

Third party software can use these workouts to build games that allow you to compete with yourself or others online ​and even cast the games to your tv​​​​ ​so you can play while rowing.

Concept2 also provides a vast amount of online resources that other companies simply don't compete with.

The Concept2 Model D is also extremely durable. I have not seen or heard one negative piece of information about the build of this thing. The company is so confident in this machine that they offer a 2 year warranty on pieces of the machine such as the chain, seat, foot rests, etc. and a 5 year warranty on the frame itself.

The Model D is an air rower, meaning it is slightly more noisy than a magnetic rower, but quiet enough that you can still hear your tv across the room. It offers 10 different levels of resistance.

​This machine may be out of some people's budget, but for someone looking to get the most durable, feature packed rowing machine on the market guaranteed to get you an incredible home workout for a long time, this one is for you.


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    ​Extensive display with a variety of stats
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    ​Syncs with the majority of popular fitness apps
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    ​Incredible performance monitor
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    ​Can download workouts on USB or save them online
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    ​Can compete against yourself or others
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    ​Air resistance with 10 levels of difficulty
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    ​Extensive third party support
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    ​Extremely durable
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    ​2 year warranty on parts, 5 year warranty on frame
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​Just because this rower doesn't have all the bells and whistles doesn't mean it's not one of the absolute best on the market.

The display provided on the rower is a little puny. It does show how long you've rowed for and how many strokes you've put in, but doesn't show how far you've rowed.

The display also says how many calories you've burned while rowing, but you can't input any information about your height, weight, general fitness level, and it has no way of tracking your heart rate...

​Which means that however many calories this rower thinks you're burning is pretty well a worthless number: it can't possibly be accurate.

Despite the display being puny, the rest of the rower is rock solid. It is built to last and I read some good comments about the customer service offered to purchasers of this rowing machine.

​And let's talk about the price of this bad boy. For the durability, the option to change workout difficulties, and an backlit display (weak as it may be), the price here is fantastic.

The weight limit on this rowing machine is 250 lbs, so be aware of that going in. A similar model with a higher weight allowance is this one, but the quality is a bit lower.


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    ​Has a backlit display
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​The Stamina Body Trac (not a mispelling) Glider is the rowing machine for you if you are looking to most accurately simulate a rowing experience on the water.

It is also the machine for you if you are looking to get a bottom dollar device with top dollar quality.

The Body Trac Glider has a backlit display showing distance traveled, time, and calorie count. As with the previous rowing machine, the Body Trac Glider has no way of attaining information about your height, weight, fitness level, or heart rate so the calorie count won't be accurate.

This is overall a pretty tough machine, but many people had problems with the footrests, so some points were lost there.

​This machine does come with adjustable resistance and a 90 day warranty on the parts with a 1 year warranty on the frame.

At its price point, this machine is perfect for budget shoppers looking to get some home exercise equipment.


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    ​Has backlit display
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    ​Very durable
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    ​Most accurately mimics rowing on water
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    ​90 day warranty on parts with 1 year warranty on frame
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​​​​​​​The Stamina ATS is one of the best rowers in the world, but doesn't quite match up to many of the other rowers on this list.

It does include a display that shows speed, distance, time, and calories burned. Once again, the calories burned feature is largely useless.

This is an air rower and is more quiet than most air rowers, but a little more noisy than the other options on this list.

It does not have adjustable difficulty settings, but for those who have used an air rower in the past, this isn't too big of an issue since air rowers naturally adjust to your speed.

Many customers on Amazon mentioned great customer support, but many reviews say that this is hardly the most durable rowing machine on the market.

At its price point, this is an incredible beast of a rower and one of the best in the world, but better ones can be found in this review.

The ATS includes a 90 day warranty on the parts with a 3 year warranty on the frame.


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    ​Fairly durable
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    ​90 day warranty on parts with 3 year warranty on the frame