First Degree Fitness Fluid Rower - AR Newport
|Model Name||Newport AR|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||38 x 22 x 22 inches|
|Item Weight||57 Pounds|
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First Degree Fitness Newport AR Rowing Machine
The First Degree Fitness Newport Challenge AR (Adjustable Resistance) rowing machine features our patented adjustable fluid resistance technology which allows the rower to control and adjust the resistance from 'Feather light' to 'Olympic sprint' load levels.
Our water based system also delivers a smooth and consistent level of resistance throughout the entire rowing stroke without any dead spots or excessive load points. Unlike air blower based rowing machines which can produce unpleasant noise levels during hard use, the Newport AR fluid resistance tank is nearly silent.
The Challenge AR features an advanced computer monitor which provides accurate feedback during use, an ergonomically designed seat that rides on precision bearings and rollers for absolute smoothness, an upgraded footboard with advanced heel support, and an innovative soft grip handle to reduce stress on the hands and wrists while rowing.
Adjustable Fluid Resistance Technology allows resistance change from MIN to MAX at the turn of a dial.
No dead spots. FDF’s unique triple bladed impeller and baffled tank internals deliver instant catch and consistent resistance throughout the whole stroke.
Improved pulley system greatly increases the range of resistance whilst retaining constant tension and recoil action.
Multilevel computer complete with USB port. Monitor displays: time, distance, 500M split time, strokes per minute, calories per hour, watts and heart rate.
Height adjustable footplates and straps to ensure optimal foot placement and comfortable rowing position.
Super comfortable seat running on precision bearings and Delrin low friction seat rollers along a concealed track for cleaner, smoother and safer operation.
Durable belt drive – smooth, clean, quiet and again maintenance free.
Ergonomic design to prevent strain on arms, wrists and hands.
Highest quality anodised aluminium seat rail for smoothness, appearance, strength and durability.
Built-in transit wheels make this indoor rower light and easy to move around. Stores in just 53 x 51cm (21x 20″)
Newport AR Rowing Machine
Strength Conditioning and Cardio Vascular Workout
The Newport Challenge AR Indoor Rower is a best seller among home rowing machines. This recreational rowing machine is ideal for people of all fitness levels. If you are searching for a good looking, functional piece of fitness equipment that can offer an all round total body workout, the Newport Challenge AR Indoor Rower is perfect. Designed with a slender, sporty red frame that underpins a smooth and durable slide on the leg, this indoor rower offers low impact, intuitive movement at an affordable price point.
If you love a fitness challenge you will appreciate FDF’s patented twin tank with variable fluid resistance technology that is ensures no dead spots throughout each stroke. Delivering a broad range of rowing resistance levels, the Newport Challenge AR will inspire you to push your limits while experiencing the sight, sound and feel of real on-water rowing.
Cardio at home has never been so simple, the built in transit wheels make the Newport Challenge AR Indoor Rower simple to move around and store in a space saving vertical position.
Newport Challenge AR Rowing Machine Details
Patented adjustable resistance water filled tank
Easy vertical storage
Powder coated high quality steel frame
The First Degree Fitness Newport Challenge AR (Adjustable Resistance) rowing machine features our patented adjustable fluid resistance technology which allows the rower to control and adjust the resistance from 'Feather light' to 'Olympic sprint' load levels. Our water based system also delivers a smooth and consistent level of resistance throughout the entire rowing stroke without any dead spots or excessive load points. Unlike air blower based rowing machines which can produce unpleasant noise levels during hard use, the Newport AR fluid resistance tank is nearly silent. The Challenge AR features an advanced computer monitor which provides accurate feedback during use, an ergonomically designed seat that rides on precision bearings and rollers for absolute smoothness, an upgraded foot board with advanced heel support, and an innovative soft grip handle to reduce stress on the hands and wrists while rowing.
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 38 x 22 x 22 inches; 57 Pounds
- Item model number : FDF-NWPT-CAR-12B USA
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : May 5, 2012
- Manufacturer : FDF
- ASIN : B0080L4PIO
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We obtained a return label and shipped the whole thing back properly via UPS ($70 worth of packaging)
We had originally paid $970.92 and were stunned to be reimbursed only $$453.66. Who charges a 50% restocking fee.
Daylight robbery. Buyer beware.
The foot straps are terrible. So much so that I consider them to be a design flaw. They're off-the-shelf straps that are like camera straps. In other words, they are designed as to be difficult to loosen. They're threaded through a plastic buckle and loosening them requires time and patience.
I keep the straps loose enough that I can just remove my feet. I never tighten them down. And for the most part, you don't need to, if you use proper technique.
The heels are too small for most modern athletic shoes. I've solved this issue by wearing Converse Chuck Taylors for my sessions.
And they should absolutely, positively, include the heart rate monitor with this rower. It's sold separately for $51, and it's not even available on Amazon. I had to contact First Degree Fitness to find one. They shipped it from Canada for $51. Why not raise the price a little and just include it?
With that out of the way, this is a *terrific* rower! Very, very smooth in operation. The seat glides across the rail very smoothly. It's a comfortable seat for most workouts, unless you stay on it an excessive amount of time. The pull strap is super smooth and the handles so comfortable that you don't even notice them.
The ability to adjust the water level is way cooler than I thought it would be. Set it on "1" to warm up, or if you're just starting out as a rower. Even this level can give you a really good workout. Remember: the harder you pull, the more resistance the water will give you back. That's the beauty of using water.
Set it to "4" and you have a really good workout ahead of you. It's just a matter of how hard you pull. If you pull lightly, even "4" will feel easy. Pull back hard and it will resist you quite strongly!
It has three paddles in the tank, vs. two for the WaterRower, but I think they're a little smaller, so I suspect the resistance levels with the same amount of water are comparable.
I wish the performance monitor gave you more than the basic settings. Don't get me wrong: it gives you most of what you need to know. Though "total calories burned" is a missing piece they absolutely should have put on it. But with the optional heart rate monitor, it tells you a lot.
That said, programs would have been really nice. What I mean is games of sort to encourage you to go back and forth in intensity levels, like other rowers sometimes have.
But the issues are really minor. I'm convinced this is really the best rower for the price, and that it will last many years, and that I won't get tired of it. It's not junky like piston rowers. It has resistance that varies on the fly, unlike magnetic rowers. It's not gigantic and loud, like air rowers. And it stores with a small footprint.
I am very impressed.
The negatives about this are: There's no way to save workout history, and and you can't track multiple splits during a single workout, the monitor display is offset, and sits behind the oars when they're racked, so it's difficult to see. These aren't so terrible, and I think the pros of this machine far outweigh these complaints.
Overall, this is a great machine, well worth the price, and I highly recommend it.