DIY Rowing Machine

A rowing machine is an old school workout method that most people have forgotten about. This is a great workout machine, but costly to purchase and takes up lots of space, until now. With this you can get a great workout for your core, arms and back. If done long enough it can help burn calories too.

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This is removable and can be stored in a corner of the gym when not being used. It consists of a removable padded mat to sit on, a modified dolly to place the mat on, a heavy duty track for the dolly to glide on and a bar connected at the other end to a pulley system that is stationary.

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The pulley system is simple (now that I have applied many hours of thought and trial and error to it). The weights sit low and are attached to a pully lifting them up (very back of photo). Once up in the air the next pulley creates tension moving away from the weights (towards you) and then down. From there two more pulleys  bring the rope closer to you to create even more tension.

I chose to use sand filled weights for this pulley system. They are the ones pictured in the back. The ones in the front with a bar running thru them are for another pulley system I will explain on a different page.

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Here is the dolly on the track without the padding in place. Notice the weight handle with rope connected to it. This is what you pull towards you while sliding back. You move forward when lowering the weights down and moving the rope closer to the pulley system. You then repeat this process over and over to do this workout.

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Here is the heavy duty track. Notice the rub marks of where the wheels line up and down as they move.

I do not claim responsibility for your safety so be mindful of testing with gradual weight increases to determine how much they can safely hold. Also be sure to regularly inspect all gym equipment before using it to be on the lookout for obvious safety concerns. This includes tightening the ends of weight bars to ensure weights do not fall off and cause injuries.