Quiet, simple, compact rower (Posted on Jan. 16, 2011)Review by WhatHappened
- Easy to set up, simple to use, quiet in operation. I have mine in a stationary spot by the t.v. so when I get evening food cravings, I open it up and mindlessly row instead of mindlessly eating. More serious rowers may want to buy more expensive models to get higher-end electronics so they can pretend to compete against other people for motivation. This one simply counts each time the seat moves past a certain point (with or without arm movement) and starts over at 999. But for the money, I got just what I wanted.
solid, quiet machine (Posted on Dec. 24, 2010)Review by DoctorH
- Excellent rower for the price. Quieter than the Concept 2, which I used at my local YMCA. MUCH better than the cheap piston rowers (sent one of these back to Amazon). The display/computer isn't great; it times the workouts fine, but the calorie counting is a joke. However, I don't really care to have my exercise equipment tell me how many calories I've expended. You can't go wrong with this machine.
Quality rowing machine for the $ (Posted on Jan. 24, 2012)Review by E. Rob Stirton "Dei Amores"
The LifeSpan RW1000 is an excellent home fitness machine. I couldn't be happier with it or recommend it more highly.
It was easy to assemble and is easy to use and the ability to store the seat slide in an upright position is critical in my house. It has enough monitor features to be informative and keep me motivated while exercising. The seat slide is very fluid with absolutely no resistance, the row strap move seamlessly and the machine is darn near silent when in use. I place my tablet next it for a little music to work out by and have no problem hearing it.
I've enjoyed the low-impact exercise this row machine offers.
I like the quality of the machine and it is a great product for the cost.
Good value (Posted on Feb. 19, 2012)Review by R. Roberts
I've used this machine for about 3 weeks and I like it. It should be a sufficient workout unless you are in exceptional competitive condition. The motion used some different muscles for me and I could only go for about 10 minutes starting out.
Pros: Relatively easy setup, smooth motion, pretty quiet, doesn't take up a lot of space, cheap compared to Concept machine
Cons: Feet tended to slide out of velcro (fixed by strapping a pair of Crocs in place, that works very well, just slip your feet in), exercise counter not backlit (can use a book light if you like to row in the dark)
Good Rowing Machine for the Price (Posted on Aug. 9, 2010)Review by Mike L
I bought this rowing machine several months ago and have been very pleased over all. My doctor recommended a rowing machine for cardio exercise that was not weight bearing on my knees. My knees were getting bad enough that I could not walk or treadmill fast enough to get my heart rate up where I wanted it for a workout. You can get a really good work out with this machine. It has 5 levels of resistance; I am up to the third level. It seems well made and is sturdy. I have been using it for several months and have no doubt that it will last several years. The foot straps hold your feet tightly. The seat and seat wheels work well. The rower folds up for storage and it rolls easily. You can workout in the middle of a room and store it in a closet or corner.
I have two issues that made me give it a 4 star rating rather a 5 star. The most serious issue is that the "computer" display only worked some of the time when I first got the rower and now does not work at all. This does not affect the quality of the workout you get with the machine. It doesn't bother me, but if you want to know strokes per minute or distance, this would be a problem. The other minor issue is that the wheels are a hard black plastic that left marks on the slate floor. They are not a problem on carpeted areas. I solved the problem by gluing a strip a carpet to the wheels. It rolls safely on any floor surface now.
Overall, I am very happy with this rowing machine. You can get a very good workout and it appears that it will last a long time under normal use.
Good Quality Rower (Posted on Feb. 10, 2010)Review by A. Tran "Marzipanda"
I'm a runner but needed a quieter workout (my treadmill can't really be used in my new condo). Stupid neighbors.
I'm glad I chose this model instead of going for the one that is just a little over $100. The assembly instructions were cryptic (there is a blown-up bill of materials that inaccurately showed over 100 parts). I found it too daunting (due to cognitive deficits, maybe) and asked my brother-in-law for help. It took him only 15 minutes; homie even said it was EASY.
I watched a few how-to-row-properly videos online and that made a difference. The machine folds up nicely and I can easily wheel it to the corner of the room. It makes little contact with the floor so I don't feel that a mat is necessary. This is my first rower and it's amazing how much I sweat during a 30-minute workout (about 600 strokes). I'm losing weight like crazy.
I highly recommend the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000.
83 of 90 people found the following review helpful 1.0 out of 5 stars Not meant to actually be used, March 5, 2010 By T. J. Stewart (Burnsville, MN, US) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine (SpoReview by E. Wong (Posted on Jan. 12, 2011)
This rower arrived in two boxes in good condition. Assembly is very easy - just a few nuts and bolts, with the included hex keys and wrench. Mine was missing a washer, a plastic bump-guard, and a nut, but all non-essential, and I was able to go ahead and use the rower immediately. When I contacted Lifespan, they immediately sent out the missing parts, and I received them very quickly. The sliding action is very smooth, and the pulling action is also. It is relatively quiet for an exercise machine (obviously there will be some noise), and I am able to easily watch television while working out. I have not attempted to check the accuracy of the included battery-powered information panel, but I do like that it pauses the timer if the seat doesn't move for a few seconds. It folds and transports easily on rollers.
Update: having used this for the last 8 months, I have to say that it has been great. It is easily quiet enough to row while watching television at a reasonable volume, and the action has mostly been smooth. There is a slight squeak sometimes depending on how I am sitting - slightly annoying or you can think of it as a reminder when you aren't sitting quite right and have bad form, haha. On my slick tile floor, the whole machine does slide a bit if you use a jerky motion, but if you have a smooth and steady stroke, then it's fine. Haven't gotten tired of it yet, and use it almost daily as part of a regimen that keeps my middle-aged paunch at bay (somewhat:-).
Great Machine (Posted on June 8, 2009)Review by S. Romero "SR"
- Bought it in a store (2nd Wind Fitness) for $450 if memory serves, 3mo's ago. Great workout, folds up easily, stows away in a corner, sturdy. Couldn't ask for more for the price. Very, very pleased!
Great Exercise Machine! (Posted on Dec. 7, 2008)Review by jk
- Shipped quickly from amazon, good price. My 10 yr old son set it up in a few minutes and I love it ! Use it everyday for strength training (arms/legs) and cardio (takes a little work to work up a sweat but easy on the joints). Doesn't take up too much room, easy to read monitor. Low impact - easy on my feet, knees, back. Would recommend highly.
nice (Posted on March 23, 2009)Review by Charles Hartmann
- sturdy, good price, could use a little more tension but good enough for the casual user - 40-60 min. a week. time will tell how long the rollers last but you still have to keep the track clean with wd40.
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