How to Pick the Best Rowing Machine: Meet Sunny’s New Rower Lineup

Let’s take a look at why you might consider adding a rower to your workout routine, and some awesome features provided by each of our new rowers.

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How to Pick the Best Rowing Machine: Meet Sunny’s New Rower Lineup

If you’re searching the market for a new rower, you couldn’t have picked better timing. Sunny has just launched a new line of beautifully designed water rowers machine that will upgrade your home gym and, more importantly, level up your training. When shopping for exercise equipment, we recognize that everyone has different priorities and must-haves. That’s why each of these three rowers has its own unique features, so you can find something that perfectly fits your preference. Aesthetically pleasing? Check. Space saving? Check. Beginner friendly? Check. A full-body workout that uses up to 86% of your muscles? Check, check, check! Let’s take a look at why you might consider adding a rower to your workout routine, and some awesome features provided by each of our new rowers.


Why Adding a Rower to Your Workout Routine Will Elevate Your Fitness

There are many reasons you might want to incorporate rowing into your weekly workout schedule. “Rowing will give you a workout that combines ferocity with gentility,” states Sunny Trainer and rowing instructor, Eloisa Sachs. “The reason I recommend rowing to my clients is because I was in the best shape of my life when I first learned to use the rower properly, and a 500-meter sprint destroyed me in 1 minute and 26 seconds.” Here are our top 5 reasons why the rower will enhance your weekly workouts and overall fitness level:


1. Full Body Workout

As mentioned above, rowing works up to 86% of your muscles in just one workout. “You get to challenge your heart and your muscles,” says Sachs. “People tend to think rowing as a cardio or upper body workout, but it actually works the entire body.” Rowing strengthens your quads, calves, glutes, pecs, arms, upper back, and your core. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!


2. Low-Impact Cardio

Rowing is an excellent way to get your heart rate up for some cardiovascular exercise, without it being at the expense of your knees. Many forms of cardio such as running or HIIT training, can be harsh on your body due to their high-impact nature. “With adjustable resistance levels, you can also create a workout that increases your heart rate without increasing your cadence,” Sachs tells us. “When running, a sprinting cadence lies somewhere between 90-120 whereas a rowing cadence with similar impact on your cardiovascular health lies somewhere between 24-32.” Using a rower can be a great low-impact alternative that allows you to work on your endurance, heart health, and calorie expenditure without having to pay the price with your joint health.


3. Improves Endurance

By working on your cardiovascular fitness through rowing, you can expect to see overall improvements in your endurance and stamina. Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger with exercise, just like your biceps or glutes! Rowing for cardio requires your heart to become stronger and more efficient. This boosts endurance not just in rowing, but in everyday life!


4. Increases Power

The rowing technique requires muscular power (how much force you can exert in as little time as possible) to perform a more efficient rep. The more power behind your row, the more distance you will cover. Over time, with more training, your ability to row with more power will improve and can translate to all kinds of everyday activities like picking up groceries, climbing stairs, or hiking.


5. It Can Save You Time (Is Efficient)

Because rower is a full body workout and requires you to use such a high percentage of your muscle mass, you can finish your daily workout in a shorter amount of time. Sachs recommends a quick 2k row, which can be completed as an all-out sprint in 7-9 minutes. “It’s extremely efficient and is a full-on cardio workout that works your legs and arms in one swift move,” she says.


Which Rower Is Right for You?

With three different rowers to choose from, it might feel a little overwhelming when trying to figure out which rower will best meet your needs. But we have your back! Here are some key features for each of our new rowers:


Vertical Hydro Wooden Water Rowing Machine (SF-RW522075)

The Vertical Hydro Wooden Water Rowing Machine is an eco-friendly and durable piece of equipment designed to provide an efficient full-body workout. With dynamic resistance and a water flywheel, the machine automatically adjusts to the strength and skill level of each individual, and six different water tank levels offer varying levels of intensity. The vertically positioned water tank provides even more resistance, making your workout more intense. The fixed foot plates and high seat clearance of 12.5 inches ensure a smooth and efficient row, while the eco-friendly rubberwood material makes it an attractive addition to any home gym. The machine is also designed to be quiet and comfortable, with an innovative sliding rail design for a more fluid rowing motion. In addition, the SunnyFit® app provides access to a range of free, professional trainer-led rowing workouts and hundreds of other fitness programs, allowing you to track your progress, set fitness goals, access personalized workout plans, and compete with other community members. With a low-impact cardio design, the Vertical Hydro allows you to improve your cardiovascular health and build strength without putting undue stress on your joints.

Why you want this rower: If you are looking for a water rower that pulls out all the stops and showcases its beautiful wood design, this is the one for you!


Wooden Water Rowing Machine (SF-RW522074)

The Sunny Health and Fitness Wooden Water Rower is a fantastic addition to any home gym. With its innovative sliding rail design, dynamic resistance, and water flywheel, you can experience a full-body workout that is gentle on your joints. The rower is eco-friendly and durable, made of beautifully designed rubberwood that is sure to last through even your most intense workouts. With six different water tank levels, you can change resistance and intensity with each workout. The rower comes preassembled, so you can start using it right away. And, with the SunnyFit® app, you can access free, professional trainer-led rowing workouts and hundreds of other fitness programs, track your progress, set fitness goals, and compete with other community members to get to the top of the leaderboard.

Why you want this rower: If you want a rower, but are short on space, this is the one for you! When not in use, fold up your rower and store it out of the way.


Hydro Water Rowing Machine (SF-RW522073)

Stay fit and healthy while working on your strength and endurance with the Sunny Health and Fitness Hydro Water Rowing Machine. The Hydro uses water as resistance that dynamically increases as you row to give you a full body workout in the comfort of your own home. The faster you row, the more resistance you’ll experience, an effective exercise for various muscle groups. This quiet and smooth rower comes with comfortable handles and an easy on-off design, allowing for optimal training while seated. With Bluetooth connectivity, the SunnyFit® app keeps track of your exercise sessions and gives you access to an array of free, professional, trainer-led rowing workouts. Enjoy having any workout of your choice right at your fingertips, while feeling supported and inspired as a member of this like-minded community. This water rowing machine also has six different water levels to choose from, allowing you to create the proper resistance for your individualized fitness level. The machine’s comfortable seat and handles allow for full body workouts as well as low-impact cardio to promote healthy and strong joints.

Why you want this rower: If you are a beginner and want to get into more rowing, this is the one for you! The minimalistic design keeps things straightforward, while the rowing diagram located on the center console will help you perfect your form.


Starter Workouts

Reading for some rowing fun? Check out these workouts with Sunny Trainers, Eloisa, Dana, and Sofee. For more rowing classes, check out the SunnyFit® App!

20-MIN Beginner Row With Eloisa GIF




Sunny’s New Rower Lineup Infographic

Sunny’s New Rower Lineup Infographic


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