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Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Favorit Rowing Machine
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- Displays 6 functions simultaneously: Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate and Frequency; Includes a recovery feature which provides a cardio wellness grading indexed 1 to 6 to track improvement
- Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance which can be adjusted by repositioning the piston's clamps to the various knurl marks on each rower oar
- Resistance levels can be set to any one of the 50 knurl marks on each oar to provide a wide and challenging range of resistance
- Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal rowing motion; Thick, padded seat with sealed ball bearings glides smoothly along a steel track
- Includes an infrared earlobe clip sensor to measure pulse rate electronically; LCD display requires 2 "AA" batteries, has a weight capacity of 285 lbs.
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Included Pulse Reader
Includes an infrared earlobe clip sensor that measures pulse rate electronically.
Kettler Favorit Rower
The Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Favorit Rowing Machine is an excellent option for improving one’s muscular and cardiovascular health. A thick, padded seat with sealed ball bearings glides smoothly along a steel track for ultimate comfort. With this affordable, yet high quality rower, there is no more excuse to not start working out today.
High Contrast LCD Screen
LCD displays 6 functions simultaneously - Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate, and Frequency.
Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance which can be adjusted by re-positioning the piston's clamps to the various knurl marks on each rower oar.
50 Resistance Levels
50 Resistance Levels.
Resistance levels can be set to any one of the 50 knurl marks on each oar to provide a wide and challenging range of resistance.
Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal rowing motion.
Quality You Can Feel
Since day one Kettler has proudly designed and manufactured their products in their own facilities in Germany. This allows Kettler to produce at an unmatched level of quality and provide customers innovative durable products at great value, ensuring years of fun.
Six Way Welding Robot
The welding process is fully automated by our high-precision robot arms. Every tubing part is welded together using full circular welds, applied at the exact right temperature and speed to ensure maximum durability and longevity of your fitness equipment.
State of the Art Powdercoating
Our tubing is painted with a special electrotherm powder coating process, eliminating the need of harmful solvents, making it a safer product for your family. Made durable to last, the powder coated paint is UV and impact resistant to prevent it from chipping.
Throughout the world Kettler is one of the popular brands in leisure furniture, fitness equipment, table tennis tables, bicycles, and children's outdoor toys. In 1949, a young Heinz Kettler started a small enterprise in his hometown of Ense-Parsit, Germany. Since that time, Kettler has grown from a small factory into a world-wide manufacturing and marketing organization employing over 1500 people. Kettler products are now sold in over 60 countries around the world. Even after 60 years of growing, Kettler continues to manufacture products in Germany.
The Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Favorit Rowing Machine is an excellent option for improving one’s muscular and cardiovascular health. The LCD display displays six functions simultaneously: Time, Distance, Energy Consumed, Strokes, Pulse Rate and Frequency. The display also includes a recovery feature which provides a cardio wellness grading indexed 1 to 6 to track improvement. Two industrial strength hydraulic pistons provide resistance, which can be adjusted by repositioning the piston’s clamps to the various knurl marks on each rower oar. The resistance levels can be set to any one of the 50 knurl marks on each oar to provide a wide and challenging range of resistance. Biomechanically correct footplates offer a natural pivoting action providing a full longitudinal rowing motion. The thickly padded seat has sealed ball bearings that allow it to glide smoothly along a steel track. An infrared earlobe clip sensor measures user pulse rate electronically. The LCD display requires two "AA" batteries that are included. The Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Favorit Rowing Machine has a weight capacity of 285 lbs.
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My main problem was getting the resistance to stay in adjustment. No matter how hard I cranked the adjustment knobs they would always slip in the direction of lowering the resistance. Also, the adjustment for each "oar" would slip a different amount making the resistance uneven. The solution I found was to wrap a couple hose clamps, available for a few bucks at any hardware store, onto the base of the handle bars, under the adjustment knobs. This allowed the adjustment knobs to settle onto the hose clamps and prevented them from dropping down and lowering the resistance. Note: I like to keep the resistance fairly light.
Problem number 2: The accordion-like boots that cover the junction of the handle bars to the base would get caught on some of the linkage hardware (i.e., nuts and bolts). This caused a clicking noise with each stroke that annoyed the heck out of me. After adjusting and turning them to try to silence the clicking I finally gave up and got some tin snips from the garage and cut them off. Problem solved. I do have to pay attention that the linkage that was covered by the boots remains lubed and clean, but not a big deal, and not something I have to do very often.
The main difference, in my opinion, between the Favorit and something like the Concept 2 is the fact that the Concept 2 allows the user to pull the oar/handle toward his/her torso at whatever angle or height feels comfortable. This is because the handle is connected to the source of resistance by a chain. The Favorit, however, only allows the handles to be pulled along a fixed path. This was a problem for me at first, and I found I could not use the Favorit for long before getting elbow pain. Turns out the pain was caused by having too much resistance, which was caused by setting the resistance higher than I should have in an effort to prevent the resistance knobs from slipping. Once I came up with the above-noted adjustment hack the elbow pain went away. However, the fact that the handles are restricted to traveling in a fixed arc/path toward the user's chest may be an issue for others.
Overall I find the Favorit is smooth, quiet, and the pistons provide resistance that is similar to air rowers like the Concept 2. The harder you pull the more they resist. I don't pay much attention to the electronic display, mostly using it to keep track of time and distance. The Favorit is definitely quieter that an air rower. If you have the space, noise is not an issue, you plan to use the rower a lot and you have few extra dollars lying around go with the Concept 2. If space and noise are issues for you the Favorit is a good choice.
1. The bottom of the main rail--they give you a bunch of LARGE washers. Hint: None of the washers depicted are actual size. Or are necessarily there. All the bolts on the underside require a large one, though they don't really spell that out. Sat at the end going "Huh, wonder where all these dang washers go?" Duh.
2. The way you tell which arm is which--virtually NO difference EXCEPT where the bolt goes through to hold the adjustment knob. The hole where the HEAD of the bolt will rest is BIGGER (somewhat inset)--THAT should be on what will be the INSIDE when put together, so the adjustment knob ends up on the outside of the arm.
3. Everyone is complaining, complaining about the tension being too hard. Uh, guess what? If you adjust it as low as it APPEARS it can go--closest to the big rubber bellows--it SURE IS HARD! However, the bellows thingy can be scrunched further down (compressed) to slide the adjustment even lower. YUP. Just lift the arm to vertical so the tension is taken off, then crush that bad boy until the black bellows is pretty much rib-to-rib. Tighten. Yee-hah! Delightfully manageable tension!
The rubber thingy does tend to ride over the joint a bit, but I just push it back. I just rowed on this the first time for 20 minutes slow and easy, and I had no problem. I am not a bruiser--I have to pass jars of pickles to my husband to open.
Apart from the astoundingly sucky directions, pretty solid rower. The directions will certainly put a lot of people off who feel if they can do IKEA, they can do this. Build it with a friend so you have someone to cuss with. I really expected better from the Germans. You'd think they could at LEAST read reviews and offer a link to amended directions. Opportunity here to make an Amazon Kindle mini book? But plow through the assembly--it's worth it. This machine feels like it will last a long time. I took it down from 5 starts only because of the assembly--it will run you out of naughty words. Do not assemble with children, or around your granny--she will wash your mouth out with Lifeboy.
I have it on carpet. Doesn't shimmy, shake, clank--nothing.
I like the feature that lets you press a button after an exercise set and the electronics measures your drop in heart rate over a minute of time and gives you a numerical rating of how well you recover.
It is worth mentioning that if you simply keep your arms straight when you first start your stroke the main resistance is on your leg muscles. When your legs are fully extended you then complete the stroke with your arms and back, giving everything an opportunity to be stressed.