The Rowbike is part bicycle and part rowing machine. Originally designed in 1993 by Scott Olson, founder of Rollerblade, the Rowbike may not instigate a fitness craze like inline skating did, but it does have a dedicated following that includes Kevin Costner. Yes, its true, Kev uses one.
A session on this arm and leg powered machine is referred to as ‘Rowling.’ This is not a stationary bike, this baby moves. People have been using it for physical therapy, commuting and workouts.
If Kermit the Frog on a traditional bike wasn’t enough to make you giggle, the thought of him rocking this machine should have you falling off the lily pad. But lets face it, if your a serious biker you already wear spandex, so how modest are you really?
Available in four models, the Rowbike will set you back anywhere between USD $750 – $1,200. The Rowbike reportedly takes a little getting used to, so find a safe wide-open area to get your ‘rowl’ on. Once you’re rowling (last time I swear) you are sure to turn heads and the effectiveness of a rowing workout is undeniable. An hour on the Rowbike is reported to burn approximately 850 calories!
Here are the benefits listed on the Rowbike site:
- Burn approximately 50% more calories than ordinary exercise bikes
- Twice the cardio benefits of fitness bikes — in less than half the time!
- Low impact cardio exercise (ideal for runners with knee injuries)
- Total body conditioning including an outstanding abdominal workout and a full body stretch
- Burn the same number of calories per hour as jogging but without the stress on your hips, joints, knees and back