Row For Your Life

Sept. 20, 1999
Sept. 20, 1999

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Sept. 20, 1999

U.S. Open
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Row For Your Life

Anyone who's ever competed in crew has spent countless hours on
an ergometer, a rowing machine made up of a vertical flywheel, a
bicycle chain and a seat sliding along a central metal support.
But slaving away on an erg (as rowers call it) offers only a
passable imitation of propelling a racing shell. The stroke is
jerky, the seat teeters along the thin beam, and the roar of the
flywheel is a poor substitute for the gentle slap of water
against a boat.

This is an article from the Sept. 20, 1999 issue Original Layout

The WaterRower, made by WaterRower U.S., of Warren, R.I., tries
to address these shortcomings. Its mechanism moves horizontally
in a tank containing three to four gallons of water, producing a
more even stroke. Its sliding seat, like a racing shell's, has
support in all four corners, which eliminates wobble. The
result: a smoother workout that's more like rowing on a lake
than on the North Atlantic, accompanied by the soothing sound of
rushing water.

The WaterRower can be ordered in three types of wood: cherry
(pictured), which costs $1,195; walnut, which retails for
$1,745; and ash, which goes for $995. For more information call
800-852-2210, or check it out on the Web at

--Mark Beech