I want a Hydrow. Having a sleek-looking, futuristic five-star rower, which accurately simulates the feeling of rowing on the water, sounds like a dream compared to the cabled machines in my gym, drenched with the previous user's sweat. It's why I enjoyed virtual workouts last year: not having to deal with the gym chaos meant I actually worked out more. And now I'm in great shape, I want a machine that can take my virtual workouts to the next level.
The Hydrow, as a connected machine tailor-made for virtual workouts, has been consistently rated one of the best rowing machines around thanks to its drag technology and unique construction providing that simulated rowing feeling.
It can be stored upright with the additional kit, making it a great space-saver, and the connected nature of the unit and its giant screen means you can get one-to-one coaching from top trainers, live-streamed rowing workouts, and access to a huge back catalog of fitness sessions.
The biggest thing stopping me from getting one has always been the hefty price tag. Ordinarily, Hydrow's basic unit sells for $2,450 in the US and £1995 in the UK, a tall order for anyone to pay, even for the best workout equipment for home you'll ever try. However, Hydrow is dropping its prices in the US and in the UK, and we couldn't be more excited.
US Hydrow deal
Starting today, March 31, you can get the Hydrow Basics Package (opens in new tab) (the unit, a free machine mat, and a one-to-one personal coaching session to get the most out of the Hydrow) for $200 off, bringing the total price for this excellent package down to $2,385. However, you'd better move quickly: the deal is only available until April 4. Check out the deal in full below:
Hydrow Basics Package | was $2,560 | now $2,360 at the Hydrow store (opens in new tab)
Save $200 on this package including the Hydrow unit, the award-winning rowing machine with custom drag technology and connected workouts, a machine mat, and a one-to-one live coaching session, with real-time feedback so you can get the most out of your rowing machine.
UK Hydrow deal
In the UK? Don't worry, there's more: to celebrate the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race (a notable event in the UK sporting calendar) (opens in new tab)you can save £200 on a full-price Hydrow rower (opens in new tab). Just use the code "BOATRACE200" at checkout.
However, be aware this offer is only available from April 4 to April 6. Check it out in full below:
Hydrow connected rower | was £1,995 | now £1,7995 at the Hydrow store (opens in new tab)
Save £200 on Hydrow's awesome connected rower with code "BOATRACE200" in the UK store. To coincide with the big event, this offer is only available from April 4, so if you want yourself 10% off one of the best rowing machines around, best wait for then. Don't miss out!
Why Hydrow is so good
With no noisy chains and fans, the Hydrow is a whisper-quiet, submarine-sleek fitness machine that beats out almost all its contemporaries. You can alter the resistance levels like a standard rowing machine, or opt for different kinds of row-boat effects, from an Olympic rowing simulation to a single-person canoe. It's been found to last for over three million pulls, so it'll certainly stand the test of time.
Ordinarily, the high price would put me off buying, but this latest discount and the included bundles have made me want to buy one even more.
During your one-to-one coaching session, you'll be able to communicate with your coach thanks to the sweatproof 22" touchscreen and an embedded two-megapixel camera-microphone setup. You'll also be able to access the bevy of rowing classes available in the Hydrow archives once you know your way around the machine. You could even take on our 30-day rowing challenge!
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and is currently Fitness and Wellbeing Editor at TechRadar, covering all things exercise and nutrition on Fit&Well's tech-focused sister site. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen runner, gym-goer, and infrequent yogi. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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