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As gyms across the country remain impacted by COVID-19, more Canadians are opting to workout from home, prompting a spike in sales of exercise gear and equipment. One of the most efficient ways to break a sweat and burn calories is by using a rowing machine.
While treadmills are the typically the first piece of equipment that comes to mind when you’re looking to build your home gym, rowing is a fun and effective alternative to scoring a low-impact, full-body workout. Rowing helps build core strength, tones legs and offers an upper body workout while burning tons of calories in as little as 30 minutes.
Aside from being a fun way to break a seat, rowing machines, like the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine, are fairly affordable.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $328 (originally $509)
What is it?
The Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine is a magnetic rowing machine with eight levels of adjustable resistance. Each machine features a large LCD screen to track rowing time, calorie burn and more while you comfortably break a sweat on a wide padded seat and non-slip handlebars.
Sunny Health and Fitness designed their rowing machine to be quiet for indoor use and convenient to store and move around your home or garage.
What people are saying
Even at a discounted price of $328 (36 per cent off), the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine is still a considerably large Amazon purchase. However, the model has more than 8,100 customer reviews, a 4.3-star customer rating and has been named Amazon’s Choice in rowing machines — all of which help making your decision to buy a little bit easier.
Customers have called the Sunny Health & Fitness machine an easy way to get a full body workout at home on a machine that provides the basics to help you reach your fitness goals.
“ I purchased [the Sunny Health & Fitness Rowing Machine] after extensively researching different rowers in different price ranges. I really wanted a water rower but due to the fact that I live in a smaller space and have never owned a piece of home fitness equipment I settled on this one. I’m thrilled with my choice,” one shopper wrote. “It was easy to assemble (I did it by myself in 45 minutes) and it is much better quality than I anticipated after reading some of the negative reviews. It is quiet, the seat moves smoothly and it’s comfortable...My wish was to have a piece of equipment to keep me feeling fit during a time when all the gyms are closed and this does it. I am a 50 something female in OK shape and this rower has me feeling stronger, fitter and firmer in just three weeks.”
Some customers have said that the Sunny Health & Fitness machine’s display screen doesn’t go into as much detail as some of the pricier units and is not gym-level in size, but is still great for using at home to keep moving.
“Using it is delightful. It’s quiet so I can watch TV or listen to music. I’m short so I don’t use the full extension but I find it’s comfortable and glides nicely. There is a counter on the machine which I don’t use but it appears to count properly. The wheels are very handy for moving it around by yourself,” another shopper wrote. “I tried out a few different places in the basement and it was easy breezy to wheel around. It folds up if you want, which I tried out. It’s more cumbersome than I expected to fold it so it stays where it is.”
If you’re looking for an easy way to get moving and add to your home gym without spending a fortune on equipment, the Sunny Health & Fitness rowing machine might be for you. You can save 36% on this magnetic rowing machine on Amazon Canada — but only for a limited time.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.