How To Turn On Hydrow Rowing Machine?

After finally having the Hydrow rower on your home gym set up, you probably wondering how to run the machine for your first time.

Well, you are in the right place. The process is so easy and only takes less than a minute.  

Follow this step by step guide on how to turn on Hydrow rowing machine and successfully start using it for the first time. 

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

How To Turn On Hydrow Rowing Machine? Step-By-Step

The first step to turn on a Hydrow rower is to,

1. Plug In The Power Adapter

Before committing this step it’s worth mentioning that the Hydrow must be grounded. 

If it should malfunction or break down, grounding provides a path of least resistance for electric current to reduce the risk of electric shock. 

Your rowing machine comes equipped with a cord with an equipment-grounding conductor and a grounding plug with three prongs. 

Plug one end of the power cord into the receptacle on the frame of the machine, and the three-pronged end of the power cord into a power outlet. 

2. Flip The Power Switch On

After you finish setting up the power cord, locate the power switch just above where the front feet meet the body.

Turn the power switch on. The display will then turn on and the console will be ready for use. 

3. Connect To The Internet  

After the Hydrow screen turns on, follow the on-screen instructions to connect Hydrow to Wi-Fi or connect an ethernet cable to the Hydrow’s ethernet port, and then to your location’s ethernet jack or router.  

Wait while Hydrow automatically installs the latest software updates. 

4. Log In Or Create New Account 

If you already setted up your Hydrow account, simply enter the username or email address and password for your account.  

If you haven’t done that yet, follow the prompts on the monitor to create a new account and configure your Hydrow membership.  

5. Make Adjustments 

The next step is going to be adjusting the Hyrow machine to your needs in order to get the most comfortable and satisfying workout experience.

A. Adjust the monitor 

To tilt the monitor up or down, place one hand on the top of the monitor and the other hand on the bottom. Gently pivot the monitor into place and stop if you feel resistance. 

To pivot the monitor left to right, place one hand on each side of the monitor. Gently pivot the monitor into place. Stop if you feel resistance.  

B. Strap in your feet

Never use Hydrow without strapping your feet securely into the foot beds. 

To adjust the Hydrow foot pedals, you need to:

  1. Sit on the seat and place your feet in the footpads. 
  2. Press the footrest bracket, slide the foot pad to the desired position, and then release the footrest bracket so that the tab engages a slot in the foot pad. 
  3. Next , tighten the strap over your foot. 
  4. Adjust the other foot pad in the same way, and make sure you adjust both foot pads to the same position

6. Start exercising

Trainer in a white top tank rowing on a rowing machine

Before you get rowing, you need to adjust the resistance level in order to get the right resistance.

In order to do so, tap the settings icon to adjust your drag. 

Drag is set to 104 by default to mimic the natural resistance of water. So try to make your adjustments to get the level you are looking for.

Now the Hydrow rowing machine is ready for use.

These are the three phases the correct rowing form consists of:

 1. The first phase is the CATCH.

This is when you slide the seat forward until your knees are almost touching your chest

2. The second phase is the DRIVE. 

The pushing backward movement with your legs. But try to lean back slightly at the hips (not at the waist), keeping your back straight. 

As you straighten your legs, pull the row bar toward your chest, and keep your elbows outward.

3. The third phase is the FINISH

This is the last phase where your legs should be nearly straight. Try to continue pulling the row bar until your hands are even with your chest. 

After this phase, extend your arms forward and pull the seat forward using your legs.  

Try to repeat this sequence, moving through all three phases with a smooth, fluid motion. Remember to breathe normally as you row, never hold your breath. 

How to Turn On Bluetooth On A Hydrow Rowing Machine?

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that you can use to connect your rower to your phone or other device. 

This way, you can listen to music or other audio files, send or receive phone calls, and use other apps on your phone while exercising

Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your rowing machine model to learn how to turn on Bluetooth. 

How to connect a Hydrow rower to your Iphone device?

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Pairing your Hydrow rower to your Iphone is quite easy. This is how you can do it:

  1. Turn on your Iphone bluetooth and put it in discovery mode in the usual way.
  2. From the Hydrow main screen, choose a workout to start.
  3. Tap the Bluetooth Audio option on the screen.
  4. While keeping your Iphone device as close to the screen, select +Pair new device from the Bluetooth menu.
  5. Select your device from the Available Devices.

How to connect a Hydrow rowing machine to Airpods?

apple airpods on a white background

This is how to pair your Airpods to Hydrow machine:

  1. From the main screen, choose a workout to start.
  2. Tap the Bluetooth Audio option on the screen.
  3. On the Bluetooth menu, select +Pair new device.
  4. With your AirPods still in its charging case, open the lid. Then press and hold the setup button on the back of your AirPods case until you see the status light flash white.
  5. When your AirPods appear in the list of Bluetooth available devices on your Hydrow rowing machine, select them. Then you should connect. 

How to connect a Hydrow to bluetooth speakers?

black portable jbl speaker on brown wooden table

This is how to connect a Hydrow machine to your  bluetooth speakers:

  1. From the main screen, choose a workout to start.
  2. Tap the Bluetooth Audio option on the screen.
  3. Turn on bluetooth on your speakers and try to keep them as close to the machine as possible.
  4. On the Bluetooth menu, select +Pair new device.
  5. Select your device from the Available Devices.
  6. Once connected, you can then select the speaker as a device at the start of each workout.

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There are a number of steps to take in order to safely turn on a Hydrow machine and start using it successfully.

All you need to do is plug the power adapter into the machine frame and an appropriate outlet, flip the power switch on, adjust the machine to fit you, and then you should be able to start using this machine without any issues.


Where is the power button on Hydrow?

Hydrow power button is located just above where the front feet meet the body

Does the Hydrow need to be plugged in?

The Hydrow rowing machine must be plugged in and powered on to enable its electromagnetic resistance mechanism. Without power, you will not feel any dynamic resistance.

Can you use Airpods with Hydrow?

Hydrow machines are 5.0 Bluetooth-enabled and are compatible with most Bluetooth headphones, hearing-aids, and speakers, including Apple Airpods.

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