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Before we review our recommended rowing machines for heavy people, let me tell you why I think that rowing machines are the best single piece of exercise equipment for overweight people. You see, I wasn’t always as big as the big man that I am today. During my early days (College days) I would have considered myself a plus size person, not too huge. But definitely not the ‘recommended normal size person’.
Anyways, I took up rowing for a recreational sport/part time exercise/activity on recommendation by a close friend. Not thinking too much of it at the time, I had no idea the impact rowing would have on my body. Within a few short months of casual rowing I was shocked to see my results when I jumped on my Heavy Duty Scales (I tend to avoid the scales). It turns out from just casually participating in rowing I had managed to loose a large amount of fat and replaced it with some muscles I had never seen before. Long story short, rowing turned out to be a whole heap of fun for me and I managed to loose some weight in the process. Cool right.
However them days are gone and I don’t imagine myself in a rowing boat anytime soon. So as a way to replace rowing as an actual outdoors weight lose exercise, I find the rowing machines you get in the local Gym a fantastic replacement. Especially when your a large or obese person because we all know how hard it is to even get in the boat, but then to perform exercise and on top of that try to climb out of the boat without tipping it and risk drowning. While getting down low on the floor is not easy either, it’s much better than trying to get in the boat out in public!.
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Below you can find a heap of invaluable, both positive and negative Waterrower Rowing Machine reviews that may possibly change your opinion on what you thought ‘Was’ the best rower machine for us big people. As I have previously stated that I believe real rowing is a fantastic way to tone up and loose weight, the next best thing for me is the Waterrower Club Rowing Machine. Without a doubt in my opinion the most ‘life like’ resemblance to physically being out on the water in a row boat.
The Waterrower is one of my favorite machines to assist in weight loss. Once actively using the rowing machine, I’ve noticed that between 70-85% (my non educated opinion) of the entire bodies muscles are getting a workout. I hope I’m becoming toner and burning calories with every stroke. It’s in my opinion the best way to workout for us heavy people from home.
I could go on all day with what features I simply love about the Waterrower. But I will share what I think it’s the top rated rowing machine on the market and discuss it’s only flaw to my knowledge. So what i think is the most impressive thing about the rowing machine (which is rated to a hefty 1000 lb capacity) is it’s simplicity. By simplicity I mean lack of engine/power to operate. This rowing machine is built to feel and also work like an actual row boat. It runs in the same motion by the water tank and flywheel which can reduce any power failures, malfunctions and the need to replace expensive parts so often.
Because it is a motor-less rowing machine which is powered by the water tank, I find I get a much smoother and jolt free transaction between strokes. A naturally smoother pain free movement which causes far less stress my joints compared to some of the known jolting machines. Because this rowing machine is engine free and operates on the water tank system, it’s a pretty quite workout machine. Which is perfect for when you have kids sleeping, live in a block of apartment or simply hate the annoying noises we have become custom to with exercise equipment. As for it’s only flaw, well it’s not a flaw but beware that the WaterRower are all individually hand made, so availability could cause you issues. So make sure you get one while they are in stock.
My second recommendation to the WaterRower is a popular rowing machine you may have seen at your local Gym. The Concept 2 Indoor. The Concept 2 with PM5 (Performance Monitor) has a weight capacity of 500 pounds and a firm rubber seat size of 14 inches. The overall build of this machine is very strong and heavy duty which is good for the big and tall population.
To be honest, I did think the concept would have been much louder, to my surprise it’s very quite. Definitely suitable for apartments and low noise restriction areas.
The concept2 Model D is by no means the latest FAD, it’s a strong performer and has years of experience under it’s belt. It’s rather popular for professional rowers who use rowing machines for indoors training. Used by Athletes and sportsman on a daily basis. Which speaks volumes to me. If sportspeople are using it, then I should be using it, well maybe.
If the water flywheel style of the above WaterRower, isn’t your style then I suggest you consider the Concept2.
The concept2 and the Bodycraft VR 500 rowing machines go head to head in this Reviewers Comparison. Both machines are industry leaders, and many can’t tell them apart. Decide for your self.
Watch as Euan Reid Rowing coach explains in depth detail how to correctly use the Concept 2 Rowing Machine for maximum workout.
The most obvious and most critical factor a heavy person must abide by when buying a rowing machine is the rowing machines weight capacity limit. A large person should have a high capacity rowing machine, it’s that simple. As you may be well aware, products designed for us big and tall people usually cost an arm and a leg more then what the less weight capacity items do. This is for very good reason too. These heavy duty rowing machines are meant to be stronger, more durable, made from the better materials available to be able to handle the heavy weights us bigger guys throw at them.
Bottom line, I wouldn’t waste a couple hundred bucks on a 250 pound capacity rowing machine if you actually weight 300 lbs or more. Spend the extra cash to get a purpose built rowing machine for heavier people which may not fail on you in 3 months time and then possibly void the warranty because your over the weight limit. It’s not worth risking it if you ask me. I see spending the extra money for a quality heavy duty product as an investment in myself and well being. Whether it’s row machines, treadmills or even something as simple as heavy duty Kayaks. They are designed better for us bigger guys, so they will hopefully perform for us bigger guys. That’s my philosophy.