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LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine
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- Features a smooth and quiet eddy current drive system with a 16.5-pound flywheel
- Solid steel frame; assembled dimensions measure 90 x 18.5 x 23 inches (L x W x H)
- Folds to 34 by 19 by 64 inches (L x W x H) for easy storage
- Three-LCD console provides distance, calories, time, strokes, and strokes per minute workout feedback
- 300-pound maximum user weight; five-year frame warranty, two-year parts warranty, and one-year labor warranty
- Recipient of the 2008 Gear Awards Seal of Excellence
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From the manufacturer
Provides a cardiovascular workout to tone and strengthen arms, legs, shoulders and back.
The rower has an easy to use console that includes readouts for distance, time, calories, stroke count and strokes per minute giving you all the information you need to get a great total body workout. The console uses two AAA batteries and requires no external power supply. Making this rower both energy efficient and convenient.
Quiet and Comfortable
The patented Eddy Current Drive System delivers smooth and ultra-quiet resistance and the belt retrieval is slack free, even during intense workouts. There are 5 levels of resistance that are conveniently controlled by a resistance knob located directly below the display. If you’re looking for a rower to use without turning up the TV or waking up the family, this rower is a great fit.
For comfort, the rower includes padded hand grips, a comfortable 14-inches injected foam seat supporting users up to 300 pounds and large swivel foot pedals with Velcro straps.
Quick Fold for Easy Storage
No tools are required to fold and store the rower. Simply remove the locking pin, fold the rower and replace the locking pin to lock the frame in the folded position. Once folded it rolls on the transport wheels located underneath the footpads. A great product when floor space is limited after use. Compactly folds to a mere 34 x 19 x 64-inches (L x W x H) from it's unfolded dimensions of 90 x 18.5 x 23-inches (L x W x H).
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Putting this thing together is a piece of cake. It literally took me 15-30 minutes. The main piece, the big gray box that houses all the pulleys and such, is already assembled for you. All I had to do was attach the seat, bars, etc. (The instructions were a little confusing when it came to the seat; I actually thought they hadn't sent the bolts for it and was very upset. Turns out the instructions were just a little poorly done for that particular piece, so if you get the same thing, don't worry!)
There are several different tension settings, so you can choose what works best for you.
And possibly my favorite thing - the seat and long bar fold up easily so storing it, or just reducing it's footprint, is really easy.
The computer part is supposed to show you strokes/min, a timer, estimated calories, etc. You put in the included battery and pop the unit into place. Mine has never worked. Oh, when I start rowing, numbers show up. But only on the timer - everything else stays blank - and the timer seems to work randomly. It will say 2:17 for a very long time, then decide to work for about four seconds, then stop again, etc. I have to use a watch in order to actually time my workout. Obviously it doesn't affect the workout, but it is disappointing.
If I get into a good rhythm and start pulling with any force (and it's just a fabric strap you're pulling) I find that the front actually lifts off the ground. I only weigh 135lbs, so I definitely didn't expect to pull the unit right off the ground! I actually had to find some heavy weights and put them on the front feet in order to keep that from happening.
After about 7 or 8 workouts, I started to notice a bit of noise when I was using it. After I pull, and I start to move forward, there's something like a squeak or a squeal. I assume it's from the pulleys inside the machine, and it's very distracting. I don't expect a silent machine, especially in this price range, but I like to try to watch tv while I'm rowing and the constant squeal/squeak gets extremely frustrating.
All in all, you get what you pay for. You're going to get a decent workout, it gets heart rate up, and it's much better for cardio than an elliptical or treadmill. (In my opinion.) But you're not going to get quite the same quality of experience you would if you shelled out the extra money for a higher end model like the Concept 2.
Putting it together took about 15 mins. Very easy. Once you start rowing however the front base of it lifts off the ground. I wrote to lifespan to ask what to do about this and they told me that the I had to make sure the locking pin was in - it was.
I then did a search with the words Lifespan rower and lifts off the ground and there were several complains about that. Maybe it's just certain units - who knows.
I have time to return it but I'm not going to drag it back downstairs again so I'll make do. Someone has mentioned putting weights on the feet so I will try that.
But for the price this is a good purchase and was easy to assemble.
My advice - IF you buy this unit by an extended warranty. Lifespan lost me as a future customer. I would have paid a reasonable price for parts but NOT this much.
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... just have to use it on a consistent basis now...