Do you have a rowing machine but you’re bored of listening to music or podcasts? Are you looking for the best rowing machine apps to keep you engaged?
Well obviously from the title you can tell you’re in the right place!
I’ve tried to do as much research as I could on the topic to bring you the best rower apps for all different types of rowing machine models.
The information on the internet was harder to dig through than my garage but hopefully, I was able to present it in a clear, concise format.
My goal for this post is to present most of the available apps for rowing in the easiest to read and digest format (I omitted some that I thought were a poorer version of another app already listed).
To do this, I thought a chart would be best to give a quick overview of the apps and then a section with a little more detail below.
To view the different rowing workout apps do the following:
- Read through the chart to see if you like any of the rowing machine apps
- If something catches your eye, simply click the link to jump to the more detailed section and watch a video about the app or visit the apps main website.
- If you have more time, read the full description of each app below!
I really hope you enjoy this post and please leave comments with your feedback on specific apps or any rowing apps I missed!
Rowing Machine App Comparison Chart
|App Name||Models?||Devices?||Free/Paid?||Top Features|
|Ergdata||Concept2||iOS & Android||Free||- Allows the display of additional metrics along with PM5 data
- Allows for a backlit display
- Automatically syncs to the C2 logbook and uploads workouts
|Float [PM5] , Ergstick [PM4 or PM3]||Concept2||iOS & Android||Free||- Helps track "stroke by stroke" data like watts & power curve
- Detailed HR data
- Syncs to C2 logbook and Ludum
|LiveRowing||Concept2||iOS||Free + Premium Upgrades||- Select from a variety of WODs
- Automatically programs WODs on the PM5 monitor
- Live P2P racing, leaderboards, & advanced analytics
|Asensei||Concept2||iOS||Free Trial + Paid Subscription||- Follow lessons designed for events like 2K & 5K
- Analyze post-workout metrics and advice from the app
- Gives live feedback as if a coach was standing beside you
|BoatCoach||Concept2||Android||Free||- Fully-customizable UI with built-in performance graphs
- Programmable workouts, a detailed logbook, and emailing workout data
|Erg Dude||Concept2||iOS||Free + Paid Upgrades||- Control a player by how fast/hard you row
- Jump to collect coins and avoid hitting bombs!
|Ergometer Space||Concept2||Mac & PC||Free||- Track/analyze data via the custom dashboard
- Recieve live feedback about your rowing stroke
- Race against an opponent
|RowingSTEM||Concept2||iOS||Free||- Designed to teach students STEM learning concepts
- Great for teachers wanting to incorporate exercise in classrooms
|HOLOFIT||Concept2 & WaterRower||iOS & Android||Free Trial + Paid Subscription||- Choose from over 100 different VR workouts
- Row in Space, Tropical forest, Ancient Babylon or Antarctica, compete with others, challenge yourself & see your progress!
|Kinomap||Concept2, WaterRower, & More!||iOS & Android||Free Trial + Paid Subscription||- Choose from a selection of guided workouts
- Explore videos by Kinomap or user-generated content!
|Regatta Fitness||Concept2||iOS||Free Trial + Paid Subscription||- Choose from a selection of guided workouts
- Row, stretch, strength, & yoga!
- Compete against others or row at your own pace
|Row Forge||Concept2||iOS & Android||Free Trial + Paid Subscription||- Start with a baseline fitness test and the app automatically creates a workout plan
- Follow the workout plan to continuously improve
- Choose what type of fitness (cardio, strength) you want to improve
|RowPro||Concept2||Mac & PC||Free Trial + One-Time Payment||- Record all of your metrics in easy to read graphs and visuals
- Race against previous times to improve every session
- Live graphics on a racing shell on the water rowing
|RowViGOR||Concept2, WaterRower, & More!||iOS||Free + Paid Subscription Soon||- Access on-demand rowing workouts any time
- Track your workouts and improve
- Row down famous rivers
- Take live rowing classes with our amazing coaches
|RowKeeper||All Models||iOS & Android||One-Time Payment||- Low tech app that lets you manually enter in workout data
- Keep track of metrics and progress through various graphs
|Polar Beat||All Models||iOS & Android||Free||- Great for tracking heart rate and "zone" training
- Not a rowing specific app. It is a generic heart rate app
- Needs Polar Heart Rate Monitor
|Garmin Connect / Apple Watch||All Models||iOS & Android||Free||- Great for tracking heart rate and "zone" training
- Not a rowing specific app. Generic heart rate and fitness app
- Needs a smartwatch to work
|RP3 Rowing App||RP3||Android||Free||- Built for the RP3 Rower
- Real-time stroke rate, speed, distance, heart rate and other data
|CityRow Go||WaterRower & Other!||iOS & Android||Free Trial + Paid Subscription||- Built based on the live studio workouts of CityRow
- Rowing workouts plus yoga, strength, flexibility, etc.
- Built for the WaterRower but can be used with other models
|Hydrow App||WaterRower & Other!||iOS||Free Trial + Paid Subscription||- Follow Olympic athletes as they row in famous locations
- Great motivation and a variety of workouts
- Can be used with any rower
Rowing Machine App Descriptions
Below is a brief description of each rowing app. I try to include enough info about the app to see if it’s worth exploring further.
I also tried to find any good app overviews on YouTube so you can see features without having to download it yourself. Unfortunately, a lot of “workout apps” try to hide this info so you are forced to download it to check it out.
Ergdata is a free app created by Concept2 for iOS and Android devices. Once downloaded, the app “provides additional performance statistics, stores and displays your workout results, and uploads your results to the Concept2 Online Logbook.” Due to it running on your phone, it offers a brighter backlight and easier to read display than the PM5 monitor.
There are a few additional features/metrics it can display that the PM5 monitor cannot but they are very similar. One benefit is that you can have certain metrics showing on your monitor and additional metrics on the app – so you have a lot more data being recorded while you row!
Check out more details about the app on the Concept2 website.
Here is a brief video by Conept2 showing how the app works and how the interface looks:
Float [PM5] or Ergstick [PM4 or PM3]
Float is another free rowing workout app that is designed for the Concept2 Rower. It is free and available on iOS or Android devices. It’s another app that allows you to more easily track and analyze data.
Float claims to have the “most detailed stroke level analysis + HR data out there to help you understand how you are progressing.” It also integrated with Ludum, which is a platform for coaches and teams to analyze group data to help achieve their goals.
View more info on the Float website. Also, check out this promotional video for the app:
The LiveRowing app is designed to work with the Concept2 Rowing Machines and has a lot of features. The base version is free but they do offer a premium (paid) app as well.
Features of the free app include:
- Compete against teammates/friends and then compare data
- Get detailed post-workout data and viewable leaderboards
- Connect to the rest of the Concept2 community using LiveRowing
- Select from a list of featured WODs rather than creating your own!
- When you select a workout, the app programs the monitor – meaning you won’t have to customize and interval workout in the app and on the PM5 monitor!
Premium app features include:
- Additional workout customization and analytics
- The ability to easily share workouts with your friends
- This is great for coaches, clubs, and teams
You can learn more about the app by visiting LiveRowing.com and check out the quick video below:
This rowing machine app is like having an actual rowing coach! This app is a “series of lessons – building fitness and technique as you’re guided, monitored and corrected through these programs by asensei.”
Follow guided workouts with feedback about keeping the stroke rate at a certain rate or watts above a certain level. It’s like having a coach standing beside you watching your metrics.
You can try it for free on an iOS device and then it’s a paid subscription. Check out more by visiting Asensei rowing.
Check out a quick video below to meet your coach:
BoatCoach is an app designed for both indoor rowing and outdoor rowing. It’s free and only available on Android devices.
The app seems useful but also seems similar to a few apps previously listed. The features include a “fully-customizable user interface, built-in graphs of your performance, programmable workouts using a simple graphical wizard, a detailed logbook, and capturing and emailing workout data.”
It doesn’t have the best UX/UI so I might recommend one of the other apps that seems more user friendly. You can check out more info on the BoatCoach website.
Finally, a Concept2 rowing machine app that isn’t just “better” data tracking! Erg Dude is a rowing machine app that is an actual game you play when rowing.
The app is available on iOS devices and is free for games that are 1-2 minutes long, so no cost to test it out! If you enjoy playing, you can upgrade for $0.99 and play games 2-8 minutes long or pay $1.99 for games 3-20 minute long!
Basically, you control the “Erg Dude” by how hard you row, which makes the player jump. The goal is to collect coins and avoid hitting bombs.
Learn more by watching the video below or visiting their website.
The next app on the list is again, designed for the Concept2! It’s also another app that helps analyze/track data to improve your rowing stroke via a dashboard.
I like that this app tells you what portion of the rowing stroke you need to improve after each stroke and when you performed a perfect stroke. It also has a feature to make it easier to race an opponent.
It’s free to download and available on Macs and PCs. Check out more on the Ergometer Space website or watch the video below:
This is more of an educational rowing app designed by the gROW Tulsa outreach program. The purpose is to teach students STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) through rowing.
It’s a free iOS app that can collect a variety of data and easily export it to a CSV/excel file. There are different “labs” you can follow and more programs will be added in the future.
This is a really cool app if you are a teacher and have access to Concept2 rowing machines. Learn more at the RowingSTEM website and check out the video below:
Looking for a virtual reality experience? Well then HOLOFIT is the app for you!
If you have a VR headset or a phone with VR capabilities, then all you have to do is plug & play. There are over 100 VR workout options with the main goal of keeping you rowing by making sure you don’t get bored!
Row in space, a tropical forest, ancient Babylon, or Antarctica! Compete with others, challenge yourself, and see how you progress
The HOLOFIT app is available on iOS or Android and has a free trial. It then switches to a monthly or yearly subscription. It works best with Concept2 and WaterRower due to syncing with the monitor.
Check out more information and videos on the HOLOFIT website or check out the video below:
Kinomap is a great all-around rowing machine app. It can be used on multiple rowing machines and provides coaching, pre-programmed workouts, great scenery, and a lot more! Plus, users can upload their own workouts or on-the-water sessions for you to follow along!
The app is available on iOS or Android and can connect to multiple rowing machine brand monitors including: Concept2, WaterRower, First Degree Fitness, Kettler, and Xterra Fitness.
There is a free trial and then it’s a paid subscription. If you are looking for an app that does a little bit of everything, then this is the app for you!
Check out more info on their website or watch the videos below:
Regatta Fitness App
The Regatta Fitness rowing machine app is another great “all-around” app. You can join live rowing sessions or select from a variety of pre-loaded workouts. The great thing about this app is there are also stretching and yoga routines incorporated into some of the workouts.
It’s built for the Concept2 Rower due to syncing with the monitor and is only available on iOS. This would also be a good app if you have a less expensive rower but want to follow along with an instructor.
They have some great videos online that give you a good idea of what the workouts are like or you can try it out free for 2-weeks! Afterward, it’s a monthly or annual subscription.
Check out more at the Team Regatta website or watch the promo video below:
The Row Forge app is a great training app that progressively helps you get better in each session! It’s built for the Concept2 Rower and is available on iOS and Android devices.
First, you can take a baseline test and the results will automatically set up a personalized training program. Each workout then adapts to your performance and creates goals to help you improve your overall fitness. Each workout is designed by Dr. Kenneth Jay, Exercise Physiologist, using both math and science to write the most efficient training plan.
There are programs for HIIT, strength, conditioning, and more! I like how the programs will pre-program the PM5 monitor and I also really like the Viking theme.
Check out more at the Row Forge website. You can try the app FREE for 30 days and then it’s subscription-based.
RowPro is a rowing machine app that has been around for a while. It’s actually only available on a Mac or PC but an app is coming soon.
It’s a great training and data tracking app that can really help your performance if you are wanting to get better at set races like a 2K. The benefits listed on their site are:
- A lifetime supply of effective training plans
- 3D coaching clinic on how to perform good stroke technique
- A dashboard while you row that records every stroke
- Precise, expert performance feedback to track your progress
- Race against other people who are online around the world
- Live graphics of on-the-water rowing
There is a free trial and afterward, there is a one-time payment. Check out the RowPro website for more info or watch the video below for a visual of what the app looks like:
Row Vigor is another great “all-around” rowing app. What I mean by this is that it has great live workouts, on-demand workouts, rowing-only sessions, workouts with yoga or kettlebells, technique sessions, and much more!
You can choose from a variety of workouts, review all of your stats, and they even have some great “scenic” workouts like rowing down the Charles River!
The app was designed to provide a low-cost solution for people who wanted to have a great training app but couldn’t afford the higher-end machines like a Hydrow or Peloton.
It can connect to any Bluetooth enabled monitor but it works best with the Concept2 and most workouts are done on a C2. However, this would be a great app if you have a lower cost rower without a Bluetooth monitor.
The app is only available on iOS and is currently free but will be a low-cost paid subscription. Check out more at the Row Vigor website or watch the promo video below:
The RowKeeper app is a fairly low-tech app that is used primarily for data tracking. It’s a great app if you don’t use a Concept2 because it doesn’t connect to any monitor and the data must be manually entered.
After each workout, a user simply enters their workout metrics into an app and RowKeeper then has some functionality for viewing your data. So after each workout session, you add a new workout to the app and you can see how you improved over time, meters rowed per day, workouts per day, etc.
The app is available on iOS and Android and costs either $0.99 or $1.99. If you have a Concept2, there are other apps that perform the same functions for free but if you are using a different rowing machine model this app could be useful.
You can actually purchase the app on Amazon and see some screenshots of the dashboard.
Polar Beat is an app that can be used on any rowing machine and really for any workout! It’s essentially a heart rate app that tracks different metrics through wearing a heart rate monitor.
If you have an Apple Watch or Garmin, it’s the same thing as any of the fitness apps built specifically for those brands. However, Polar is one of the best heart rate monitoring devices.
One benefit I like about these apps is that it allows you to do “zone training”. Meaning, the intensity of your workout depends on your heart rate. Check out this video for a quick intro to heart rate training:
It’s available on iOS and Android and it does require a Polar Heart Rate monitor to enable all the features.
If you are interested in learning more about the Polar Beat app, check out this video:
Garmin Connect / Apple Watch
Similar to the Polar Beat app, most smartwatches that have a built-in heart rate monitor can track your rowing workouts.
Some are getting advanced enough to where they can calculate strokes per minute, heart rate, calories burned, etc. They can even provide more data than some of the monitors on low-cost rowing machines!
So before you go out and purchase a rowing machine with an expensive monitor, check to see if your smartwatch will record all of the necessary metrics you want!
RP3 Rowing App
The RP3 Rowing Machine is one of the most advanced rowers on the market and one that is not very well known. It’s a “dynamic” rower, meaning it provides one of the most realistic “on-the-water” rowing experiences you can find.
Dynamic rowers are usually more expensive and a bit harder to use, which makes them unpopular for home use but very popular for Olympic and collegiate rowers.
The RP3 Rowing app (I believe called RP3 ErgData) is designed specifically for the RP3. It’s free and available on Android devices. The app delivers real-time stroke rate, speed, distance, heart rate and other data.
There are also some other RP3 specific apps like RowP app. I won’t include all of the RP3 apps since the rower is not too popular but I do recommend checking it out because it’s a great rower!
You can visit the RP3 websites here for more information.
CityRow Go is a rowing machine app built by a rowing studio. They started by providing rowing classes in various studios around New York City. From there, they’ve grown into a great rowing brand with an app, rowing machine, and franchises in multiple states!
The CityRow Go app showcases many of the same workouts you would perform at their live studio classes! One great thing about the app is that it’s not just rowing workouts, you can also perform:
- Strength training
- Flexibility + conditioning
- Mat work
- Free weights
The app is designed to work with a WaterRower like the WaterRower Natural or WaterRower A1 and is one of the best WaterRower apps but it should connect to any Bluetooth monitor. It’s also a great app to use if you have a lesser-known rowing machine brand and you just want to follow along with a workout.
It’s available on iOS and Android and it uses a paid subscription model. Check out more at the CityRow Go website or check out the video below:
Hydrow Rower App
The Hydrow Rower is one of the most advanced magnetic rowing machines on the market which works by following workouts on the large monitor. Hydrow has hundreds of workouts to choose from created by Olympic rowers!
Luckily, they are allowing non-Hydrow owners to gain access to some of these great workout videos!
You can download the Hydrow app on an iOS device and stream the workouts while using any rower! It will work best with a Bluetooth enabled monitor but any old rower will do.
You can learn more about how to download and sign up for the free trial (then a paid subscription) by visiting the website. Check out the video below for a taste of what you will find:
Wow, that was a difficult post to type and one that required a ton of research! When I started this post I didn’t realize how many rowing machine apps there were and how hard it would be to compile the data.
There were so many different apps I’m sure I could create spin-off articles about the best Concept2 Rower apps or best WaterRower apps. If you think that would be useful, leave me a comment below.
I’d also love to hear feedback about any other great rowing machine apps that you’ve tried or heard about. If I think it’s worthy, I can add it to the list!
Thanks again for stopping by and please leave us a comment below about your favorite rowing machine apps!
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