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Proteus PAR-5500 Commercial Club Series Rowing Machine

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  • Commercial-grade rowing machine with both air and magnetic resistance systems
  • Combines "on the water" feel of air resistance with strength and smoothness of magnetic resistance
  • Comfortable ergo seat with underside seat rollers for exceptional gliding
  • Oversized, easy-to-read LCD display panel with 16 resistance levels
  • 280-pound capacity; measures 96 x 31 x 19 inches (W x H x D); weighs 100 pounds
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Product Description

Product Description

Proteus PAR-5500 Exercise Rower Machine - Commercial Health Club SeriesThe Proteus PAR-5500 Rower offers agreat solution to maintaining great health. It is designed with the user in mind. Two types of resistance are available when it is being used. Air resistance, along with magneticresistance is combined to give the machine a realistic feel. This makes it feel like the user is actuallyrowing through water. The seat is designed in a mannerthat shows the manufacturer not only wanted to be effective, but also wants theuser to be comfortable. It isergonomically designed and mounted on rollers that are designed for minimumfriction. This unique design helps tokeep dust and dirt out of the mechanism so that the movement is not impairedand the machine is not damaged. Howthis Gym Equipment Benefits Your Health ClubYour clients will love the superbfunctionality and ease of use this machine provides. They will be able to work out in acomfortable position that maximizes benefit to the body.


The Proteus PAR-5500 folds for easy storage.
Get fit without trudging to the gym day after day with the Proteus PAR-5500 Club Series rowing machine. The professional-grade PAR-5500 makes use of both air and magnetic resistance systems to create a genuine rowing experience. The air resistance system provides an "on the water" feel, so your body will believe you're rowing on the Thames even if your mind doesn't. The linear magnetic resistance system, meanwhile, provides the strength and smoothness you've come to expect from gym machines.

The machine also includes a comfortable ergo seat with unique seat rollers located on the underside of the seat rail. This not only prevents dust and dirt from gathering on the rail, but it also helps the seat glide exceptionally well with each stroke. And thanks to the pivoting foot pedals--which offer five adjustable levels--you can easily optimize your position on the rowing machine. As a whole, the PAR-5500's ergonomic, high-quality design makes it perfectly suited for both cardio workouts and endurance training.

To keep your workouts on track, the PAR-5500 offers an oversized, easy-to-read LCD display panel and an advanced computer with 16 levels of electronically controlled resistance. Users can also turn to the 15 preset workout programs, which include six preprogrammed workouts, four user-controlled workouts, four heart-rate-controlled workouts, and one watt-control program. During each program, the computer will automatically increase and decrease the resistance level according to the profiles shown on the LCD display. Other features include a built-in cooling fan, transport wheels for easy transport, and a folding frame for storage.

An easy-to-read LCD display panel offers an advanced computer with 16 levels of electronically controlled resistance.
  • Frame: Commercial aircraft grade aluminum
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Recovery function: Yes
  • Display panel: 16 columns
  • Distance display: 100m, with feedback windows
  • Feedback: Time, 500m split time, strokes per minute, total strokes, distance, watts, calories, and HR
  • Displayed when not in use: Clock, alarm, date, and temperature
  • Programs: Manual, P1-P12, heart rate control, race, and user
  • Heart rate measurement: Built-in receiver
  • Max capacity: 280 pounds
  • Dimensions: 96 x 31 by 19 inches (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 100 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 96 x 19 x 31 inches ; 100 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 100 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002NRFSS2
  • Item model number: PAR-5500 Club Series Rower
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,810 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Ringel on December 2, 2009
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EDIT: I'm editing my original review up to 5 stars. The machine is great, and I found my error on how to get customer service. Looking again at the product page, I saw an "other products from HCI Fitness" link. HCI Fitness is in Seattle, and looks like who I'd contact to resolve any further service problems. It certainly isn't obvious from what's inside the box, but now I know and feel much more confident about the machine. Below is my original review:

There is only one reason I'm not giving this product five stars. On my first workout on this machine, I got about 2/3 through when suddenly the computer displayed an "E-2" error. I tried power cycling the machine, but "E-2" came back. That's when I went to the manual to look for customer service.

The only contact info of any kind that I found was the company website. The website URL is shared with "Zeta & Co" auto parts, and clicking through to Proteus Fitness revealed a pretty basic and Taiwan-based website. I could either call or email Taiwan. I chose email. To the company's credit, I received a response in 24 hours, with a Word doc with pictures on what I might look for to troubleshoot the E-2 error. As it turns out, in that time my husband unplugged and plugged the machine back in several times and the error cleared itself. We think it isn't a computer problem, but rather perhaps something with the magnetic resistance getting stuck that aborted the workout program. But what if it hadn't worked out? What if it's flawed in some way still? How would I get this machine fixed? They really need a U.S. customer service line or something that instills a little more confidence.

We've had a couple error-free workouts on the machine since. The machine itself is fantastic...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GettinFit on November 1, 2009
Almost pulled the trigger on the Concept 2 but was convinced by a friend to check out the Proteus Rower (we each ended up buying one). This rower is definitely commercial quality as advertised from head to toe. I am very impressed with the fit and form of all components, the European manufacturing influence is very noticeable. Display panel provides more than I will ever need but it is great to have all of the options. Extremely smooth workout, so far so good. I will keep you posted.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe Briggs on January 14, 2013
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UPS delivered this a few hours ago and my son and I have been assembling it. The instructions are a 3 out of 10 - missing a lot of detail but doable. We got two left foot-peddles (this matters because of the foot tensioner). The big problem is that I can not find out where to put the computer wall-power adapter into the computer!! I have looked all through the instructions and it doesn't say it and doesn't show it. It does mention 3 times that there is a 9-volt adapter; just doesn't tell you where to plug into the machine at. I thought that maybe it was behind the mounting bracket, and I disassembled it to find out; but no. What a pain - I can't work out until I figure this out. Can't say if I would recommend it because it won't work without power. Also, a key reason that I purchased this unit was that the computer included a heart-rate or pulse meter. But deep in the instructions it says that you have to "wear the chest belt correctly". What chest belt?? It says "NOTE: Chest belt is required in order to use this function". It wasn't in the box. It wasn't a listed accessory. That misrepresents the product.

UPDATE: I went on the [...] website and found a support email and asked them about my 2 problems - where to plug power in, and how to get the pulse-monitoring strap. They replied with the power location only. I remailed about the pulse/heartrate monitoring strap. The power-connector is underneath the power-wheel (on the front-bottom). After plugging in - it powered right up and my 14-y/o jock-son took test ride using a beginner program. He came upstairs about 30-mins later all sweaty and pumped saying it was an awesome workout. I am upping my stars to three, but that is as far as I go until I get the heartrate monitor working.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phenomenon007 on August 23, 2014
I bought this used and have to admit it's a great piece of equipment. I noticed one person stating the heart monitor was not available to them. When I searched I found heart rate monitors transmitting at 5KHZ would work (Polar T31 is one of them). I currently have a Polar H7 and while it does pick up the signal it picks it up inaccurately. The H7 transmits via BT as well and I imagine it interferes with it. Either way, not as much of a big deal to me since my heart rate is sent to my phone.

Now about the machine:

1) Its big, Its going to take a bigger area than expected since the rail is pretty "beefy" along with the rest of the machine. Make sure you have a serious area of space for it. It takes up less space folded up obviously.

2) The machine is considered to be loud. In my opinion it somewhat is, BUT you are NOT going to find any air resistance rower (this goes for Concept 2 also) that is silent or quiet. If noise is an issue, you would have to opt for the water rower, but do not expect it to have the features this one has.

3) The features are pretty awesome. Since this machine also uses magnetic resistance that means you can adjust the resistance with the push of a button. You have programs as well which can vary things up for you and you don't get bored. The race feature motivates you when racing against the PC.

4) Its heavy. Its not something you can just pick up easily. The rail is maybe 20 lbs. The other end is about 70 lbs. This might deter you if you want something you can have that is easy to lug around.

5) The heart rate feature doesn't fully work for me. One feature is supposed to me that there is a heart rate program that will adjust to increase/decrease resistance according to your heart rate.
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