Hello, hello! I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th!! Today, I’m finally getting around to reviewing our Hydrow!
This post has been a long time coming as we purchased ours way back in May 2021! I’ve had so many of you ask me about it and well, I just kept forgetting to share, but today is the day.
I’m going to start by sharing THIS POST where I talk all about my Peloton and why I love the bike and especially the app so much. I’m about to refer to the Pelton bike a lot in this review, so I thought I’d go ahead and get that out of the way. You’ve heard me gush and gush and gush about Peloton’s app for years. For me, it’s the gold standard in fitness apps. I’ve purchased, tried and discontinued so many apps over the years but once I found the Peloton app (you don’t need the bike to purchase the app!), I was sold. I use it every single day.
Buuuuut…back to Hydrow 🙂 .
What is a Hydrow?! It’s this…
…this is my boat 🙂 . For years and years, I asked Andrew if we could buy a boat for me to row in the lake next to our house. He had some reasonable objections…how would I get it in the water, where would I store it, why did I think he wanted to swim to my rescue after I got stuck in the middle of the lake and needed help getting back to shore…sigh. So, we compromised and for Mother’s Day, I got myself a Hydrow. I LOVE MY HYDROW!
Here are a few tidbits/thoughts/facts/things about it:
1: The Hydrow works just like Peloton. You take classes of varying lengths, types and with different instructors. It has a touch screen with all of your options and is very user-friendly.
2: After you purchase a Hydrow, they deliver it and set it up for you. At this time, they also explain anything you might need to know about your boat.
3: The classes are really amazing because the instructors are actually on crew boats in the water!! Unlike Peloton where the instructors are on the stationary bike too, these instructors are actually in the water in boats all over the world. It’s so much fun to watch them row in the water while they talk to you. I’ve seen dolphins pop up, other boats get too close to them, fun bloopers and a ton of sweat and hard work. Plus, it’s just gorgeous scenery! One class might be on the Charles in Boston and another might be in the middle of the ocean off of Florida while another is in Switzerland on Lake Lucerne or Britain or you name it, they’ve probably been there.
4: I personally feel like this machine is easier to make low impact. For instance, on the Peloton, they offer low impact classes but even those feel a bit high impact. Because you can adjust your drag on the Hydrow, you really can have a very low-impact workout should you want one…or you can have a very intense one (or anything in the middle!).
5: Of course, there’s an app! Hydrow has an app (and touchscreen) that works just like the Peloton app. You can pick and choose your rowing classes BUT they also offer strength, stretching, yoga, Pilates and more. It’s definitely an app for overall fitness and not just rowing.
6: The class lengths are anywhere from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. I love hopping on for 10 minutes before a run. The Hydrow works 86% of your major muscle groups, so it’s a great way to warm up before running/cycling/lifting weights.
7: Just like Peloton, you don’t have to take a class. You can simply select a body of water and row freely. The screen will display a camera on the bow of a boat so you feel like you’re rowing in the water too. It’s an easy way to row on your own without an instructor whether you want to make it more intense or just take a leisurely row.
You don’t need special shoes to row. It’s really easy to change the foot pedals to different shoe sizes if multiple people in your family want to use it. Each person also gets their own account. With a touch of a button on the screen, my account opens which shows the classes I have taken, bookmarked and then it suggests classes for me based on what I’ve previously done. It also remembers my preferred drag (difficulty in pulling back).
…the other day, it recommended this class for me based on how many of Mac’s classes I’ve done in the past plus the length and “type” of class.
Here is the screen that shows the different drop down options to filter your perfect row. See…
And here I am rowing 🙂 . This was her talking in the intro, so that’s why none of my stats are starting. There was 46 seconds left until the class officially started. The intros are each one minute where they break down the location and that day’s row.
It’s really cool to see where they row!
They often turn the camera around so you see the boat that’s following the instructor videoing the class.
After a full year of owning a Hydrow, I can confidently say that I really, really enjoy it! We do have ours outside because I want to pretend I’m actually rowing with them and for whatever reason, being out with the weather makes it feel much more like I’m on the water. Of course, it would be ideal indoors unless you’re crazy like me 😉 .
I really like the Hydrow, but do you know who loves it???
This kid! Smith Shull took to the Hydrow so quickly and loved it so much that he’s now about to do his third week of rowing camp on the water in Dallas. HE LOVES IT!!!! Who knew my Mother’s Day gift would end up being something to bring out a passion in Smith we didn’t know existed?! So super cool.
I’m sure you have questions about the Hydrow! Please comment and I’ll answer them for you!!!
Happy Monday…er…Tuesday, friends! I’ll see you tomorrow! xx