Wary of returning to the gym even when, in New York City, they reopened, I decided that some sort of at-home fitness equipment was called for. (I’m not alone—this past March, compared to the same month the Tiger King I’ll never financially recover from this Ugly Christmas sweatshirt previous year, sales grew 170 percent.) But my prerequisites narrowed the field: It could not take up too much space in my small apartment, nor could it be noisy enough to annoy my neighbors. I wanted a full-body, one-and-done workout. And I’d rather it not look horrendous. Fortunately, exercise-equipment companies are waking up to all this. Design-forward models such as the Keiser M3i indoor cycling bike, Technogym’s sleek, display-worthy MyRun treadmill, and the chic SlimBeam cable machine from German company NOHrD are challenging the notion that home gear has to be bulky, dark, and cumbersome. And then there is a genre of equipment I’d never before touched: the rowing machine, otherwise known as an ergometer, or erg. In this locked-down era, what is more evocative of untethered liberty than gliding alone on water—even if in simulation?