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It's World Health Day 2021, and if you’re looking for an affordable way to up your fitness game, we've got just the deal for you. Experts say a rowing machine will go far in helping you to burn calories and get in a full-body workout, and right now, there's a super affordable upright version up for grabs for—get this—less than $100.
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Regularly $129, the Sunny Health and Fitness squat assist Row-n-Ride trainer is on sale at Amazon for just $90.04. That beats our last deal by nearly $10 and is the best price we've seen on this machine in months! Unlike a regular rowing machine, in which you’re typically seated with your legs out in front of you, this device sees you using your core to go from a squatting position to an upright one while simultaneously making a rowing motion with your arms.
While it's targeted for your thighs, calves and glutes, Amazon buyers—of which there are more than 22,000!—say the Sunny Health and Fitness Row-n-Ride is also beneficial for your abs, shoulders and arms, with one calling it the “best piece of exercise equipment” they’ve ever purchased, as it elevated their heart rate and effectively replaced the need for their old, clunky treadmill.
Personal fitness trainer Pete McCall told Reviewed in July that squat machines, such as this one, could also be effective in targeting muscles for a lifted bum.
You'll want to note that it may not be the best choice for long-term use, however, as it may promote poor biomechanics or affect your form when doing regular, non-machine squats. “In a proper squat, the hips and knees move together," McCall explained. "The shins can move forward to allow the hips more range of motion.” The machine's pole, by contrast, means your hips won’t receive all the weight they usually would, putting more pressure on your knees, so it's something to keep in mind if you have issues there.
Still, if you're going to use a squat machine, this seems to be the one to beat: It's got an adjustable handlebar that can be situated for your height, an adjustable padded seat and adjustable squat depth (choose from 30, 60 or 90 degrees). It can also be customized with three different resistance bands, each one of which adds 22 pounds of resistance—just note that there's a maximum weight capacity of 226 pounds.
There's also a digital monitor to help you keep track of your progress, with stats for time, calories burned, squat count and more. When you're done getting your sweat on, you can simply place it out of the way in a corner or closet or under a bed or couch, since it folds up for storage, allowing you to to keep it out of sight when it’s not in use.
We don't know about you, but we're ready to feel the burn!
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