What Should My Drag be set at?
Hydrow's Drag is set at 104 by default which best simulates the experience of rowing on water for most people. We strongly recommend starting here at first.
- A few specific workouts will suggest adjustments to drag at the beginning, but most workouts are intended to be done at the standard 104.
- Adjustments to drag are subtle changes and should be reserved for after you are experienced with Rowing.
- Unlike what you may be used to from other workout equipment, Drag is not a generic "Difficulty setting" for rowing on Hydrow. Turning it up very high is not a good or effective way to get a better workout. Instead, check out tips from this article on how to achieve a more challenging workout.
How Do I change the Drag setting?
If you are going to change the drag, we suggest you make any adjustments before you begin a work out. This isn't something that you should need to change regularly, but the option is always there.
To turn the resistance level up or down, use the following steps:
- Log in to Hydrow
- Select any workout from the main screen to expand the details.
- Tap on the button for "Sound & Drag settings"
- Use the "Drag" slider or buttons to adjust the resistance up or down to your desired value
- Be aware that very small adjustments to resistance may be hard to detect. Take a few full-power strokes at the new resistance level to feel the difference.
- Select the "ROW" Button on the picture to begin your workout at the new resistance level.
- You will notice the new resistance most acutely when you start taking full and powerful strokes.
- Because of how our electromagnetic braking mechanism works, Light one-handed pulls on the handle may not feel different, but complete strokes while strapped in will more clearly reflect the adjusted drag.
As stated above: Form and technique make a lot of difference to both how much power you output and how intense of a workout you get while rowing at any drag level. If you are turning Hydrow's resistance setting up because you have not been feeling physically challenged enough in workouts, we would first suggest you check out the article How Do I Get a Better Workout While Rowing?
Lastly, here's a little clip from Hydrow Athlete Mike Dostal about some of the many factors to consider when setting your drag: