Joe Jackson, Outside’s resident “Gear Guy,” quit the gym for his NordicTrack Rower with iFit workouts.

“The RW900 has solved my motivation problem. That’s mostly thanks to the 22-inch touch screen, from which I can select a number of [iFit] guided exercises. Think a 12-minute simulated saunter down the Kafui River in Zambia, or 35 minutes of lung-busting interval training at the pre-recorded hands of instructor Jay Wein (who magically seems to know when I’m no longer engaging my core). And Olympic gold medalist Alex Gregory has started to feel like an old friend—or, a tape of him has. He regales me with stories of his races on the UK Olympic crew team while we virtually hammer down iconic European rivers together. It feels like I’m not suffering alone.”

Read more about Joe’s experience here!