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 jerkey, 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.
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), walnut, and ash.
For more information call 1 800 852 2210, or check it out on the
web at www.waterrower.com