The resistance that Hydrow provides with each stroke, or the drag setting, is important to set appropriately for your rowing workout. To learn more about whether and how to adjust this setting, please view the instructional video from our Athlete, Aquil, and the questions-and-answers below!
What drag setting should I use?
Hydrow's drag is set at 104 by default, which best simulates the experience of rowing on the water for most people. We strongly recommend starting at that setting, especially if you are new to rowing!
- Most workouts are intended to be rowed at the 104 default, though the Athletes may suggest adjusting the drag in a few select workouts and for specific purposes.
- Drag is not a generic "difficulty setting" for rowing on Hydrow, which may be different from what you're used to with other types of workout equipment.
- Increasing the drag to a high setting is often not a good or effective way to get a better rowing workout. Instead, check out tips from this article on how to achieve a more challenging workout!
- After feeling comfortable with rowing form and technique, minor adjustments to the drag setting can be explored to help you find the best fit for you!
How do I change the drag setting?
If exploring a higher or lower drag setting than the default 104 is a good fit for you*, we suggest making this adjustment before beginning your workout.
This isn't something you should need to change regularly, but the option to do so is always there!
You can increase or decrease the drag with the steps below:
- Tap any workout to open it.
- Tap Sound & Drag Settings.
- Use the slide or buttons to adjust the drag
- With your feet strapped in, take a few, full-power strokes at the new resistance level. We recommend this method over testing the difference with light, one-handed strokes.
- Very small adjustments to drag may be hard to detect because of how our electromagnetic braking mechanism works.
- Tap outside the window to return to the row details screen.
- Tap Row!
- You will notice the new resistance most acutely when taking full-power strokes.
*Form and technique make a lot of difference to your power output and how intense of a workout you get while rowing at any drag level. If you are increasing the drag setting on Hydrow because you don't feel physically challenged enough in workouts, we first suggest checking out the article, How do I get a better workout while rowing?
In the clip below, listen as our Athlete, Mike, describes some misconceptions about drag and important factors to consider before adjusting the drag!