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  1. Yes! The Hydrow is extremely quiet and would work well in an apartment. The only issue is space. You can store the Hydrow vertically if you purchase a wall-anchor kit which reduces floor space when not in use. But it doesn’t fold up like many other rowers and has a footprint of 86″L x 25″W x 47″H, so it’s rather long. While the noise won’t disturb your neighbors, it may be too large for some apartments.
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  2. Just ordered this with their sale going on for the new year and excited to get it! Your review is what sold me—looks solid and high quality.
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  3. I don't own a rower yet, but just want to say I think the Ergatta looks stellar. I've seen posts on Reddit talk about how people think the Hydrow is the best looking rower, but nahhhh I think Ergatta wins that battle.
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  4. I've been trying to do some research on rowers and these are the two that I had narrowed my search down to. I think the Ergatta game-type experience would be best for me because it seems like that format is what would keep me most engaged and focused.
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  5. Concept 2 has a dedicated following! As much as the C2 is a great rower, it does have some drawbacks. It is fantastic for quick sprints and intervals, but isn't as engaging for long rowing sessions. It's also loud. If you are new to rowing and looking for something to keep you engaged while you develop a love for the sport, the Ergatta is a fantastic option. My assumption is, all those C2 devotees haven't used the Ergatta, so while devoted, they are not fully informed.
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  6. Hybrid ellipticals allow for varied movement on the pedals - you can move them up and down like a stair stepper, or front to back like treadmill, or in a circular motion like an elliptical. This feature provides more movement patterns but can feel a bit unstable if you're not used to it. You can get a great workout on either a standard elliptical or a hybrid model.
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  7. Rowers are a great full-body workout. Rowing utilizes more than 85% of all the muscles in the body. The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) recommends that healthy adults engage in moderate intensity exercise for 30minutes per day at least 5 days per week or a total of 150 minutes per week. Rowers could be utilized 3-4 times per week as part of a balanced fitness program. We also recommend incorporating some strength training and stretching if possible.
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  8. If you enjoy games and challenges the Ergatta is a great option. It also generates roughly the same noise as the Hydrow. The Hydrow is more of a low-mechanical sound while the Ergatta is the sound of swishing water. Neither is very loud. The Hydrow content is impressively professional and well-done but I find the Ergatta is better at keeping me focused on what I'm doing. You can't 'zone out' on the Ergatta - every stroke counts so I get more out of the session.
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  9. That's a great question. My two personal favorites for beginners are the Hydrow rower and the Ergatta water rower. The Hydrow is a magnetic rower, so you can modify the resistance. It has an attached touchscreen and impressive video content led by professional rowing instructors right out on the water. If you enjoy beautiful scenery with guidance from rowing professionals, the Hydrow is your best option. The Ergatta, by comparison, is a water rower. It is a gorgeous cherry wood color and sits low to the floor. It also has an attached touchscreen. But rather than video content, it includes games and challenges. All content is digital - so there are no videos to watch. But I love the way the games keep me focused and involved. I find I stay engaged best on the Ergatta. The best one for you will depend on which type of rower (magnetic or water) and which type of content you prefer. They're both excellent for beginners.
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  10. Water rowers are unique in that the only way to adjust the resistance is by adding or removing water from the tank. The harder you pull, the more power you generate within the tank which increases your expended wattage - but it doesn't specifically mean there is more resistance. If you prefer heavy resistance, you can add more water initially and then regulate the power you put into each stroke to modify the intensity. I find I can get an excellent workout on a water rower simply by increasing my stroke rate and power - I don't need more resistance to make it challenging.
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  11. Hi, thanks for your question. There are treadmills that have just onboard workouts that are included on the console. These workouts don't require a monthly subscription to use and are pretty straightforward. They typically include workout activities like heart rate training, HIIT, as well as a manual mode. I recommend checking out treadmills from Sole, Xterra, and Life Fitness for these types of workout activities. There's also a lot of treadmills that have fitness subscription apps integrated onto the consoles. These require a monthly subscription and often include classes led by an instructor. Some of these are iFit, the Peloton App, and JRNY and they can be found integrated on machines from NordicTrack, ProForm, Peloton, and Bowflex.
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  12. What is the best home treadmill that won't break the bank but is still a great quality treadmill? Thanks!
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  13. Hi Amrita, I would recommend checking out Sole's treadmills. They fold up and have 4 wheels which makes moving them around easy, and we find them to be really sturdy and durable. We really like the F65, F80, and F85 models. You could also check out the TR2000e electric treadmill from LifeSpan, it's also very portable and durable. Other foldable treadmills from Nordictrack and Horizon are durable as well as portable. They just have 2 wheels on the front so you have to tilt them back to move them.
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  14. For exercise bikes, my wife and I use the Sole SB700 bike at home right now. We swapped out the pedals for clips-ins and use the tablet holder to use either iFit or the Peloton app for spin classes. We also have a fan bike that we use but that is more for quick bouts of high intensity cardio. Happy to answer any other questions you have. Just let us know.
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  15. The rollers don't affect the cushioning as much as impact the overall functionality of the belt. Larger rollers have a larger surface area, so they are able to grab the belt and move it along with less friction. You'll notice more expensive treadmills tend to have larger rollers. The cushioning is based more on the composite structure of the deck and rebound system designed to absorb impact. The Sole F80 does have more cushioning than the Sole F63.
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  16. Take a look at the Echelon Stride, ProForm City L6 or Botorro R5 treadmill. These all fold flat to save space. The Botorro is our favorite of the three based on construction and functionality, but the ProForm will sync with iFit content and Echelon also offers its own app with classes.
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  17. The decline setting is more for active recovery, gentle downhill training, and strengthening your knees and quads for balanced conditioning. However, it obviously is not as challenging as running on an incline. Some treadmills offer it to provide increased training variables and it does provide a nice recovery after a long, hard run. But it certainly isn't going to change your overall conditioning like running uphill.
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  18. I’ve been interested in the Echelon Stride treadmill, but have read not-so-great reviews the company’s customer service. Anyone have experiences to share with their treadmill / customer service?
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  19. We love the new Hydrow rower. It combines quiet magnetic resistance with exceptional rowing content filmed outdoors on the water led by professional rowing instructors. Hydrow offers the best training content on a quiet indoor rower. It doesn’t fold up so be aware of space parameters.
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  20. a. A water rower feels more like you are rowing outdoors on the water. The soothing “swoosh” sound of the water as it moves through the tank reminds many rowing enthusiasts of the sound of the water while rowing outdoors on a lake or river. Water also generates a fluid, natural feel, and comfortable resistance. b. Air rowers are noticeably noisier with significantly more resistance during the drive with slightly less on the recovery. However, air rowers can generate unlimited resistance and are preferred by those who want maximum resistance while rowing.
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