The Hydrow rower might be the most beautiful, well-built and elegantly-designed on the market. Hydrow offers some of the most advanced rowing classes. Hydrow is expensive at $2,245 and $38 per month, making it difficult to budget for. Peloton users who already pay for the connected service will find this especially frustrating. Hydrow is an alternative that can save you up to $1,500 or more.
The total cost of ownership for the first year is just over $2700, taking into account Hydrow Rower membership and Hydrow Membership. After five years, the total cost of ownership rises to just over $4,000.
If that seems too high, I have my “Hydrow Hack”.
Step 1. Step 1: Purchase a Concept 2 rower
The Concept 2 Rower is only $900 when you buy it from Rogue Fitness. The Concept 2 Rower is a great rower, despite its lower price. Over the past 30 year, almost every erg team, professional or collegiate, has used Concept 2. These rowers can also be found at CrossFit and strength and conditioning facilities all over the globe.
Step 2. Step 2: Download Hydrow App
Hydrow offers a $20 per month discount by downloading the Hydrow app. The digital membership costs only $20 per month and includes access to all on-demand classes and live classes, just like the $38/month. You will no longer be able to see your leaderboard or track your stats. This is similar to the Peloton digital membership.
Step 2. Step 3: Use a Concept 2 smartphone holder (or cast it to a screen).
All you need to view the class as you row is the app. The Concept 2 comes with a phone attachment. You can also purchase one from Amazon . Or, you can cast the class to a nearby television.
Step 4. Step 4: Save $$$$
You now have a world-class rower, as well as access to Hydrow Classes. This means you can train with your rower, while saving $1500 the first year and $216 each year thereafter.
Hydrow’s Hydrow alternative has the unique advantage that all metrics Hydrow uses during class will be identically displayed on the concept 2 screen. You won’t need to convert any of the similar methods used in Peloton when following the coach’s instructions.
If you have the money and desire the Premium Hydrow experience, then it is definitely worth the investment. Hydrow classes are a great way to get started if you’re keen to row.