I don’t know what your budget is like, but aWaterrower is a pretty neat exercise machine. My boss bought one for the office, and I love it. There are no nobs to adjust, no special things to attach, just a simple, elegant exercise machine. It is also very cool-looking and provides a great conversation starter.
Basically, it is a rowing machine that uses water as the resistence (imagine that!). So picture yourself in a rowboat: If you want to lazily row from one shore to the next, you would just sorta dawdle and pull. But if you were racing the guy next to you, you would pull harder and dig deeper. Same with this. You can have a relaxing 10 minute pull and just stretch your muscles, or really dig in and work- and it ‘automatically’ adjusts the same way as water does. All you do is pull harder, and the resistence is there.
It is also the only machine that doesn’t leave me feeling hurt or tweaked. It feels natural, so I don’t get any joint aches or anything like that. Muscle fatigue, yes, pain, no.
It also sounds cool. wooshing water and all. I like it while watching the news- I get lost in the rythym and just keep going while watching MTV or something.
Worst thing about it- starting price is $800 or so…but it is worth it.
I guess you can also buy the Internet hook-up and race other people, etc. if you are so inclined.