“Not just movement. A movement.”
In our current times, our social circles have tightened, many of our extra-curricular activities have paused, and we’ve found ourselves recalibrating our regular workout routines to adapt to home-based life.
Home workout routines can become tedious and boring if the location is repetitive and the exercises are redundant and uninspiring. Without a broader fitness community with which to connect, working out at home can also feel lonely and isolating.
Rowing is one of the best possible full-body workouts and it offers substantial physical and mental health benefits. Both cardio and strength training, rowing engages eighty-six percent of your muscles—that’s nearly double the amount you use for cycling and running. This means you can save time and increase your targeted muscle groups! And, because rowing is a low-impact activity, your joints won’t take a beating and your bone density levels can even improve. In addition, scientific evidence supports the mental-health boost that we all feel when we are near water. In fact, coastal living contributes to an improved sense of physical health and well-being, and actual contact with water induces a meditative state that helps to make us happier, healthier, calmer, and more creative. Because water covers more than seventy percent of Earth’s surface and comprises nearly seventy percent of our bodies, we have a deep biological connection to it. Our brains have an immediate response when we are near water, and a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increased blood flow, and relaxation are triggered when we see and hear water. Quite simply, being on, in, or near water is good for us.
The only problem: most of us don’t have a river, lake, or rowboat in our backyard. The great news is that we don’t need to!
Hydrow—the next-level in rowing machines—provides the ultimate equipment and platform for the most energizing, calming, centering, and connected at-home workout that will have you slicing through international waterways around the world from the comfort of your own home.
Using patented technology to completely re-engineer the rowing machine, each stroke truly makes you feel as if you’re out on the water, and, with the immersive experience of Hydrow’s trademarked Live Outdoor Reality (LOR), you’ll almost be able to feel the water for yourself.
Rowing classes are filmed from the rower’s perspective, streamed live from the water, and are available on-demand whenever your schedule allows. This places the at-home rower in the perfect position to see, hear, and feel every element of the rowing session. Led by world-class athletes, the workouts take place at a selection of breathtaking waterways including Boston, New York City, Miami, London, Scotland, and more.
By using this industry-changing technology, each workout is an unscripted journey from the open water that provides at-home rowers with the authentic experience and real-life benefits of being outdoors. And, since the rowing experience is not bound by the confines of a controlled studio environment, rowers should expect the unexpected! Chance encounters with boats, sea creatures, and other scenic surprises will guarantee a workout that is not only effective, but engaging, fun, and captivating, too.
Literally designed from the ground up, the Hydrow is a unique and unmatched machine that is advanced and sophisticated enough to deliver engaging full-body workouts while also being an elegant addition to your home. With a brilliant twenty-two-inch touchscreen display and front-facing speakers, you don’t have to leave the comfort and safety of your home to go for a row on the river. Bluetooth 5.0 enables you to connect for direct audio, and you can even sync your heart rate monitor for added health observation. Hydrow’s ten-roller system is ergonomically designed and precisely cushioned, and its distinctively patented drag mechanism is electromagnetic and computer-controlled and is responsible for mimicking all the sensations of being on the water. And, with industrial grade webbing foot straps, each stroke is smooth and virtually silent.
Once you’re connected, comfortable, and ready to row (and have taken the beginner how-to courses), complete Hydrow’s Assessment—a five-minute Drive workout that benchmarks and measures your rowing progress. The Assessment is an essential part of the Training Camp programs, but it can also be used at any time to review your rowing performance. As you get started on your rowing journey, don’t be intimidated by exercise or rowing terms with which you might not be familiar—the Athletes will teach you during your workouts and you can also visit Hydrow’s website for a complete glossary so you can row with confidence.
However, even when your row is complete, your connection to other Hydrow rowers doesn’t have to stop because Hydrow is turning in-home fitness into a community experience without boundaries. In the rowing community there is no strength without unity, and the ability to work together in an inclusive environment is as essential to rowing as rivers and oars. Boathouses are gathering places for rowers and their equipment, and they are truly the hub of rowing clubs. Crewmates of all backgrounds and abilities come together for the love of rowing and connect and support each other through this common interest. Join Boathouse, Hydrow’s virtual community, where rowing tips, experiences, news, triumphs, and struggles are shared amongst fellow rowers. Conversation posts on the blog range in topics from advice on muscle pain to the importance of hydration.
The Hydrow community is built upon encouragement and support, and it is here you’ll find collective motivation to push yourself to new milestones and to celebrate all of your victories. Unlike other in-home fitness machines that eventually become expensive and cumbersome dust collectors, the ongoing community-based journey of Hydrow workouts is the perfect backdrop for ongoing active involvement.
The community even extends into the social sphere with Hydrow’s Training Camp Facebook page. There, Hydrow Athletes interact with Crew (Hydrow’s term for customers), building each other up and celebrating landmark achievements.
When it comes to hitting special milestones, Hydrow awards Crew members when they reach certain meters rowed. These gifts range from a special edition water bottle at 100,000 meters, to a commemorative t-shirt at one million.
And not to worry—Hydrow Athletes aren’t actors, they’re actually real competitors at the forefront of their sport including Olympians, Paralympians, and National Champions. Transforming into skilled and inspirational coaches out of the water, Hydrow Athletes are adept at drawing the very best out of their rowers, and with everything on the table for conversation—from their own personal struggles to their favorite fueling foods—you can connect with and ask your Athlete anything you’d like.
Find the Athlete that best suits your personality and goals, and then match your current mood with Hydrow’s library of workouts. Move in-sync with the Athletes as they row in real time on the water. And, because every live workout is recorded, you can take any workout with you wherever you go using the Hydrow app on your mobile device. You can even interact with the community, track your progress, and more. (If you don’t have a Hydrow, you can still subscribe to the Digital Basic membership and get access to all the amazing offerings of the app.) Ranging from classes designed to elevate your heartrate and fatigue your muscles, to meditative and restorative rows, Hydrow has everything you’d ever need in a workout.
Having a day where you’re not interested in an Athlete-led workout? Not a problem! Hydrow’s unguided rows take you through scenic waterways that allow you to explore at your own pace. In fact, if you want a break from rowing altogether, Hydrow even has workouts that will get you off your machine and onto a mat for yoga, Pilates, stretching, and strength training sessions to complement your rowing.
Your heart is guaranteed to get a great physical workout, but it will also get a feel-good boost, too. That’s because every single Hydrow row counts toward a donation to Water.org—an organization that brings clean, safe water to developing countries. Follow the tracker on the progress screen of your Hydrow, because every sixty days of rowing equals a donation to Water.org! Now that’s the ultimate workout motivation!
With only one membership, give your entire household access to all the varied and incredible workouts Hydrow has to offer. So, head on over to Hydrow.com to push your body, improve your health and stamina, and make some waves for a calmer, happier, you. You deserve it.