Best rowing machines for Apple Fitness Plus in 2024

If you're looking to get beach-body ready with one of the best rowing machines for Apple Fitness Plus, and have one of the best Apple Watches to pair with it — you've come to the right place. We're here to guide you with what you need to know in order to maximize your rowing-focussed exercise routine, with a machine perfect to pair with Apple's fitness subscription plan.

Being an excellent way to start a low-impact exercise, rowing machines can be used to consistently improve your fitness, and can even increase your Vo2 max. At the top of the list, we recommend Life Fitness' Row HX Trainer but there are a whole heap of great choices out there and we've gone through them all.

Factoring in features, budget, and more, here are the best rowing machines for Apple Fitness Plus. 

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Rowing is a great class offering on Apple Fitness Plus. The exercise uses up to 86% of your muscles and provides that all-important high-calorie-burning, yet low-impact workout that many people find easier to sustain than anything that can cause joint issues.

We're fans of the Life Fitness Row HX Trainer as it's Apple's recommended rowing machine. It has a natural wood and tempered steel fame so it looks good, while its four levels of resistance are useful. Adjustments can be made easily while the system provides a smooth and natural feel with each stroke.

If value is your priority, the Stamina BodyTrac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine is a good option. It's budget-friendly while still giving you full range of motion and an authentic on-the-water feeling. Both beginners and advanced rowers will appreciate this along with all the others listed. 

If you're keen to smash your goals with the best rowing machines for Apple Fitness Plus, you can't go wrong with any of the ones listed above.

John-Anthony Disotto
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John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit. 

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