We always recommend placing and using Hydrow on a Mat regardless of whether you plan to set it up on hardwood, carpet, concrete, plywood, or any other surface.
The benefits of a mat are:
- Easy Cleanup - We recommend wiping down all the contact surfaces of Hydrow as well as cleaning any sweat from underneath it. A mat makes this process swift and easy.
- Floor Protection - With hardwood floors especially, a mat will prevent any marks, scratching or damage to your floors. (Especially if you plan to tilt Hydrow vertically using the Upright Storage Kit)
- Stability - With smoother surfaces such as concrete or plywood floors a mat will remove any possibility that Hydrow might shift slightly under heavy use.
What kind of mat should I buy?
What about a separate mat for the off-rower workouts?
If you plan to make full use of Hydrow's "On The Mat" content with strength and flexibility exercises, then this is something you might want to purchase also. For these any typical yoga mat of your preference will do fine. Hydrow's screen tilts up to 20 degrees to the left or right to help with visibility from a mat set up next to the machine.