We spotted tons of incredible exercise equipment deals from Amazon and other retailers this week as they gear up for Presidents' Day. But one of our favorites is this 50% discount on CBS Sports Essentials readers' favorite rowing machine.

The compact, stylish rower normally retails for $400. But Amazon dropped the price this week to just $190 with the onsite coupon. That's more than $200 in savings that you can use on some adjustable weights or a new pair of gym headphones to go with your new rower. 

Get the Merach magnetic rower for over half off this week


The Merach magnetic rowing machine is one of the most popular rowers among our readers. We get it. The machine is stylish, whisper quiet and, most importantly, packs a serious workout that blends cardio and upper strength training in one. So when we saw that Amazon had dropped the price by 40% and added an extra $50 coupon to stack on top of that, we knew our readers needed to hear about it.

"I get as good of workout on this as I do the expensive rowers at my gym," said one Amazon reviewer. Users love how smooth and quiet it is to operate. You can get a full-body cardio workout at home without bothering everyone else in your house.

Amazon is currently offering the Merach magnetic rowing machine for $240 (reduced from $400). And if you add the $50 coupon before checkout, you can bring the price down even further to $190.

Top features of the Merach magnetic rower:

  • Get 16 resistance levels so you can adjust the workout intensity based on your fitness level and goal.
  • It's easy to assemble -- you can put it together in as little as 30 minutes.
  • The double-track slide rail makes for a smoother and more stable glide with each rep.
  • Transportation wheels make it easy to store this upright in a corner when not in use so it's not taking up too much floor space when not in use.
$190 at Amazon

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Why the Merach rowing machine is so popular with CBS Sports Essentials readers

It's hard to beat a rowing machine when it comes to getting a full-body strength and cardio workout all in one session on one piece of equipment. Better yet, you're seated the entire time, so rowing is a great low-impact option for anyone who needs to be kinder to their joints. The only downside is that rowers tend to be pricey compared to other home gym equipment.

The Merach rower is a budget-friendly option that packs a surprising number of premium features, including Bluetooth connectivity, so you can automatically log your workouts on the Merach app. 

The app also gives you free access to a library of fitness classes and workout videos, with no subscription required. So you can get even more out of your workouts without paying any ongoing fees like you would with other brands. Open the app from your tablet and mount it to the built-in tablet holder for a more immersive workout experience. 

As for the machine itself, you get 16 levels of resistance, non-slip pedals and a whisper-quiet design that won't bother your family or your downstairs neighbors.