When considering purchasing the NO. 077 Row-N-Ride, one of the top questions you may have is, is it hard on the knees? This question has many layers, as it largely depends on your history - if you have a serious knee injury or complication, or if you simply lack the range of motion to squat comfortably.
If you have had a history of injury, complication, or are actively recovering from an injury, we advise that you consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.
However, if you simply consider yourself to be someone who has ‘bad’ knees or are someone who simply experiences the occasional ache or discomfort while squatting, the Row-N-Ride may be a good option for you! Read on to learn how the Row-N-Ride relieves pressure in the knees that may occur during regular squatting.
1. Squat Assist Function
The Row-N-Ride is a great machine for those who may experience discomfort or lack the range of motion to complete regular squats on the ground. The Row-N-Ride acts as a squat assist, helping to increase range of motion, by rotating with your body as you squat.
2. Supportive Seat
The seat provides support as you go through your entire range of motion. Following your every move, it’s there for support when you need it. We encourage users to use it lightly to help with their balance rather than depending on it through each squat, but it can be used that way if needed.
With the use of the handlebars, you’ll take the pressure off your knees as you can use them to help you lower and raise safely while squatting. Holding onto the handlebars will give you the confidence to sit back with your hips as you lower into your squat, relieving pressure from your knees and helping to increase engagement from your glutes and hamstrings.
4. Pivoting Pedals
As soon as you hop on the Row-N-Ride, you’ll notice that it’s equipped with pivoting pedals. This can help with those lacking range of motion that may limit the depth of your squat when squatting on flat ground. When using the Row-N-Ride, you won’t experience this limitation! As the pedals rotate with you as you move, you’re able to go as deep or as shallow as you like in your squat without discomfort.
5. Adjustable Resistance
The Row-N-Ride offers adjustable resistance which is great for both those looking to advance their fitness, or those looking to ease back into things. If you’re looking to start adding some gentle movement into your exercise routine, squat on the Row-N-Ride with no resistance added. This is a great way to get your body and joints used to moving through the range of motion before adding on resistance bands to take your workout to that next level.
As you can see, the Row-N-Ride is an incredible machine for relieving pressure on the knees when squatting so you can get back to exercising how you want to! If you’re interested in learning more about this machine, I encourage you to check out this article that goes over proper exercise form when using the Row-N-Ride to ensure you’re moving safely and effectively. Exercising with proper form can minimize any injury and reduce the risk of aches and pains associated with exercise.