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WaterRower Oxbridge Rowing Machine in Cherry with S4 Monitor
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- Handcrafted rowing machine with "water flywheel" that replicates actual rowing feel
- Flywheel sits in enclosed water tank to provide smooth, quiet, self-regulated resistance
- Series 4 performance monitor tracks workout intensity, stroke rate, heart rate, and more
- Solid cherry wood construction absorbs sound and vibration; hand finished in Danish oil
- Stores upright; measures 84 x 21 x 22 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 117 pounds
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The WaterRower Oxbridge is handcrafted from solid Cherry wood, finished with danish oil. The WaterRower's patented WaterFlywheel has been specifically designed to emulate the dynamics of a boat moving though water and is unsurpassed in its simulation of the physical and physiological benefits of rowing. WaterRower will not provide support or documentation for any product transported outside of the original country of purchase
Rowing has long been recognized as the perfect aerobic pursuit, with naturally smooth and flowing movements that don't tax the joints but do boost the heart rate. Now you can take your rowing experience to the next level with the WaterRower Oxbridge rowing machine. Using the same principles that govern the dynamics of a boat in water, the WaterRower Oxbridge is outfitted with a "water flywheel" that consists of two paddles in an enclosed tank of water that provide smooth, quiet resistance, just like the paddles in an actual body of water. As a result, the machine has no moving parts that can wear out over time (even the recoil belt and pulleys don't require lubricating or maintaining). More significantly, the water tank and flywheel create a self-regulating resistance system that eliminates the need for a motor. As with real rowing, when you paddle faster, the increased drag provides more resistance. When you paddle slower, the resistance is less intense. The only limit to how fast you can row is your strength and your ability to overcome drag. And unlike conventional rowing machines, which tend to be jerky and jarring, the WaterRower Oxbridge is remarkably smooth and fluid.
From a fitness perspective, the WaterRower Oxbridge works 84 percent of your muscle mass, helping tone and strengthen your muscles while burning far more calories than most other aerobic machines. The exercise is also low impact, as it removes all the body weight from the ankles, knees, and hips, but still moves the limbs and joints through a full range of motion--from completely extended to completely contracted.
The WaterRower Oxbridge is outfitted with a Series 4 performance monitor that's designed to balance technical sophistication with user-friendliness. The monitor--which includes six information and programming windows, six QuickSelection buttons, and three navigation buttons--displays your workout intensity, stroke rate, heart rate, zone bar, duration, and distance. Plus, the monitor is compatible with an optional heart rate chest strap and receiver, which helps you optimize your workout and achieve your exercise objectives.
The WaterRower Oxbridge is handcrafted in solid cherry wood, which may vary in color from red/brown to deep red and will darken with exposure to light. For this reason, all WaterRower cherry wood components are kept in light-free rooms to protect from shadowing before being sold to the public. Initially, a new WaterRower Oxbridge will appear quite light in color, but will darken over time until it reaches a rich reddish hue. The cherry wood was chosen due to its marvelous engineering properties, especially its ability to absorb sound and vibration, which enhances the WaterRower's quiet performance and smooth operation. In addition, the wood is harvested from replenishable forests and is hand finished with three coats of Danish oil to give it a deep luster and warmth.
Other details include dual rails with four corner wheels that increase seat stability and reduce the amount of sweat buildup; a frame that flips upright for handy storage; and a weight capacity of up to 1,000 pounds. The WaterRower Oxbridge measures 84 by 21 by 22 inches (W x H x D), weighs 117 pounds (with water), and carries a one-year warranty on the frame and components (WaterRower will upgrade the warranty to five years on the frame and three years on the components with the completion of a registration form).
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1st is a Concept 2 (model C - computer upgraded to PM3, handle and seat from D) which is just over 10 years old at my office/shop.
2nd is the Water Rower in Cherry which is just over 6 months old at my vacation house (used every weekend).
I write this review just having finished rowing on the Water Rower.
I purchased both machine new.
In the past, I had a "silicon filled piston super heavy duty rowing machine" which just died of many wear and fatigue problems before I purchased the Concept.
Either the Concept or Water Rower will do a really good job of lasting and keeping you in shape without killing your body.
I ran for many years but it was doing slow damage to my knees so I moved to rowing.
I row 3 days on, 1 off unless I get a major workout some other way.
I use these machines to keep in shape. Keep the lungs and heart moving etc.
I just get on the machine and row for 30 minutes either watching TV (at office) or listening to a pod caste and looking at the ocean.
I do not use any monitor graphics or other features.
I want 3 things - total time rowed - total meters rowed - current time for 500 M.
To me the rest of the displays are just not interesting.
I own and might use a heart rate monitor every 6 months are so...
The concept has > 10 million meters on it.
Replaced some parts over the years - the grips wears out fairly fast and the original was poorly shaped (for my hands) but the D model is good. The chain and shock cord has been replaced 2 times. Multiple seat roller sets. Complete seat.
The significant maintenance issue is you must wipe down the rollers and clean the rail with every use. If you do not do this it will not be smooth and drive you crazy. I keep paper towels and a wetting squirt bottle next to the machine. You can expect to use one half a paper towel per row if you want a smooth machine. The seat rollers need to be replaced on a regular basis - they give off some black material all the time. Concept keeps changing the material of the rollers so maybe they will find a good solution.
The Concept PM2 monitor was changed to a PM3 monitor which was a gift. The PM3 might have been an upgrade in some ways but effectively deleted the long term total of the PM2. When the batteries die my PM3 often loses info which the PM2 did not. This does not affect me much but might be a large issue for many users.
The design of the battery holder makes me sad every time I replace the batteries.
Card workout storage system is not something I use so no info on that.
The worst part of the Concept is it is very loud - I have to turn the TV up to dead max and can barely understand it.
The machine + TV is so loud I normally try and wait till the business next door leaves before I row - subjecting someone to equipment noise is ok but to bad TV just seems so rude...
Originally I expected to purchase a Concept D for my vacation house having talked several friends into buying one.
But I was concerned with rust since there is a lot of salt in the air at the vacation house. The Concept has developed few spots of rust in it's current location so I knew this was going to be a big issue.
The Water Rower has some steel parts also but is mostly wood so I figured this was a plus.
The Water Rower also looks much better which was a plus - who cares in my shop but this is now in a home.
And the Water Rower looks way better standing up - the Concept looks like it will fall (never has) and hurt you. In theory, the Concept can be split into 2 pieces but this is a pain in the butt for an everyday operation.
So I purchased the Water Rower in cherry...
The Water Rower has about 600 KM on it to date.
Water Rower good points:
No issues with rails - this is surprise to me - I even talked to Water Rower directly about the rails and wear etc. Looked like a iffy solution - works great.
Feels more stable - the Concept is fine - the Water Rower is even better.
Computer is better than I expected given the comments on Amazon.
Rust has not been an issue so far - there are some steel parts but the coating must be really good.
The handle is better - at first I expected to replace the handle with a Concept model D version but then I found I just forgot about it - so it works.
Seat is better - women seem to find it significantly so.
Things which could be improved:
The rollers on the front to moving around the machine need work - Water Rower needs to make a spacer to make them better fit the holes. Easy fix but needed.
The overlay on my monitor needed to be positioned better (caught buttons down) - and then fell off - easy to reapply but a quality issue. As a note to water rower - make your cut outs bigger next time by at least 0.010" - will save you and users some grief.
Publish data on freezing prevention - I am technical and can figure out the ratio of Isopropyl for my needs but users need support.
Finish - Danish oil would be a nice option - it just makes it look much richer than the stock finish.
Foot straps - not quite great yet if you use socks or less - foot straps for wind surfers etc would be great optional upgrade.
More differences for the Water Rower vs. Concept:
The stroke is very different and many believe the Water Rower is incorrect on work expended.
I am not convinced - the Water Rower stroke has more resistance at first and less at the end.
The Water Rower is also less affected by a varying rate - it is fairly easy to "cheat" on the Concept.
If I row X meters in 30 minutes on both - I feel different but my sweet level and guess at work expended is very close with a slight increase on the Water Rower.
Not sure why either machine would be less than accurate - fairly easy to calculate.
So in the end if I was just going to purchase 1 machine again it would be the Water Rower hands down.
But for now I will keep rowing on both....
It is time to order some more repair parts for the Water Rower so I thought I would provide info on reliability.
I have moved full time to my vacation house and I am only using the Water Rower.
The Water Rower currently has 9.5 million meters on it.
I have replaced the plastic rails due to stress cracking - they are ready to be replaced again - they cost $10 for a pair.
I wore out the foot straps 2 times - they are also ready to be upgraded - this part costs $5
So $20 of parts to get to 9.5 million meters.
I feel confident that the Water Rower will last at least 30 million meters...
The foot support attaches under and at the end of the top piece over the tank. The female part of these two bolts actually are recessed into the back of the foot support,.
It may take some light tapping with mallet to set the inserts so the bolts will reach.
But great , great machine Work out easy and you do not realize how much exercise you have gotten until you get up.
I am a legally blinded Iraqi Vet so this rowing machine is the best exercise machine I have found to allow me to exercise in a safe manner.
Only regret, is that I did not have this machine several years ago
I wouldn't deduct any stars for it, but the S4 monitor is just "adequate." It's something you might expect on a machine from 10 years ago. The USB out seemed it would be a promising way to supplement the S4, but the connection to We-Row is slow and clunky. In the future I'd rather see an iOS / Android racing simulator instead of the Mac / PC We-Row via USB.