This rowing machine turns working out into a game with races, challenges and more

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Working out at home can be, well, a bit boring. If you’re used to hitting the gym with friends or going to workout classes with motivating instructors, it can be hard to commit to a routine. But what if you could turn exercise into a game? The Ergatta Rower does just that.

Ergatta makes a water rowing machine with an attached 17.3-inch high-definition touchscreen that provides a few different gaming-inspired workouts. Compete in races against other Ergatta rowers, try an interval-based HIIT workout or take part in a goal-based “Push Program” designed around a final challenge. You can also row as you’d like at your own pace around your own distance or time goals, if that’s more your thing.

Ergatta Rower, $2,199

Credit: Ergatta
Credit: Ergatta

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Rowing works the entire body, as the machine mimics the movement you’d make if you were rowing a boat. And while you can use it for low or high impact exercises, it’s easier on the joints than, say, running.

Another perk: Ergatta says the rower is “designed for your living room.” It can be folded up and rolled to any space in the room — it weighs approximately 103 pounds. And this machine is seriously sleek. It’s handmade in Rhode Island with American cherry wood. Plus, it comes with a 5-year warranty.

Credit: Ergatta
Credit: Ergatta

The rower costs $2,199 (which is comparable to a Peloton spin bike) and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like it within your first month of use, you can send it back and get a full refund.

Due to high demand, Ergatta says it will take six to eight weeks for your rower to get to you. (Shipping is an additional $199.) When it does arrive, it will be assembled and installed by a professional.

In addition to the rower, like other virtual workout programs, you’ll have to subscribe to an Ergatta membership for $29 per month or $348 per year. This gives you access to all of the digital workout programs.

With all that said, Ergatta users can’t seem to get enough. On its website, 95% of reviewers give it 5 out of 5 stars.

“Not only is she gorgeous and a compliment to our home gym, but to use her is pure therapy,” wrote one Ergatta reviewer. “Physically, it’s a powerhouse, but the sound is soothing and it’s not a tug-of-war to row. It’s smooth and easy and flows perfectly.”

“I’d never been on a rowing machine before my Ergatta was delivered,” wrote another customer in the reviews. “I’ve always been a runner and was worried I wouldn’t get the same just-did-cardio feeling after rowing. But it’s won me over. I love it. I have a competitive nature, so having the races ensures I always get a good workout in.”

Yes, it may be pricier than say this popular rower on Amazon that’s under $200, but the Ergatta is a different breed of exercise equipment. With a touchscreen and motivating exercise programs included, you’re guaranteed to get a good workout in — and have more fun doing it.

For more ways to workout from home, check out this rowing machine on Amazon that also costs less than $100.

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