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Gear • New type of rowing machine

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KayakPro rowing machine

KayakPro Compact Ergometer

What • The SpeedStroke Gym is sturdy enough for several types of rowing exercises, yet can fold up and store in a closet.

How much • $2,500.

Where to buy • Click Ergometers, then click Kayak. Or,

Why buy it • Rowing machines tend to be big, bulky and uncreative. KayakPro has one that will row like a rowboat, a kayak, a canoe or a paddleboat, while allowing other aerobic/strength exercises. The muscle work comes from its resistance device at the front of the machine. Rather than oars, pull on a pole that’s connected to the resistance pulley. A digital display console shows speed, distance, intervals, length of session, calories burned, power generated, splits, and heart rate. Customize it with different seats (sold separately) different resistance pulleys. The company makes an array of adventure simulators. Men’s Journal online has a long narrative on the machine at

— Harry Jackson Jr.

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Harry Jackson is a health reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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