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I received the package today at 2:09 pm. I ripped it out of the box and was momentarily confused. On first glance it looked almost entirely assembled. After ripping open the plastic, I noticed it needed 3 things- handle bar, connecting the arm to the hydraulic and releasing the back bar. It was such a simple operation. There was no crazy fluff with the packaging so clean up was a breeze. I immediately hopped on and was impressed. I went slowly and did 5 minutes in my living room. I then moved it outside, it is SO light. I can carry one handed if I wanted to. It fits nicely in the space I set aside. The monitor is incredibly easy to use and to watch while working out. I noticed some other reviews that said it was complicated. I'm not sure why someone would feel that way, maybe they have updated it since previous reviews? Either way, I was pleasantly surprised and had no issues. Now, onto the machine's resistance which seems to be a great debate among other reviewers... Once I moved it outside I adjusted the resistance level from 1 to 3 and did a full 15 minutes. I did experience some change in the resistance towards the end but I realized that I had shortened my strokes as I got faster. Once I corrected my form, the resistance was consistent. So to clarify, I did not experience a loss of resistance. However, how it stands up over time is still a debate. I did not go particularly fast but maintained a steady pace from beginning to end. Another point some reviewers brought up was size, I am 5'4 and 220 lbs. Yes, I'm fluffy lol I had no problems. The seat could use a bit more padding but once I moved forward a little I found the sweet spot. The one *potential* problem I've noticed is that the foot rests don't seem to be very sturdy. At one point I had to adjust my feet because I noticed the fronts were slightly bending the plastic back. Maybe they are meant to have some give? I'm not sure. They felt as if they will be the first thing that needs to be replaced down the road.
Conclusion: Is this a gym quality machine? Nope. Is it functional, practical and worth buying? Yes. This is not something I would recommend to an Olympian but for the average person looking to burn a few calories while watching TV, this is the way to go.
Update as of 3/22/2020, When I wrote the first review, I weighed 220 lbs. I now weigh 154. I'm 14 lbs from my goal weight. The rower still works like a breeze. I use my treadmill and bike for heavy cardio but the rower is still a staple. It is amazing for cross training. The foot rests still haven't broken, so that is a plus 😂 Still no loss in resistance. Now that I am in better shape, I notice that if I go fast, I can actually slide it across my floor with the momentum. I put it on .5 inch gym flooring and have had no issue since.
My boyfriend who is 5'10, 180 lbs and a hardcore volleyball player is in love with this thing. According to him, it isn't a true rower but works on his muscular imbalances caused by playing one sport.
I've though about upgrading to a more advanced rower but who am I kidding? I'm not a professional and it still does what I purchased it for. No complaints.
On a side note, I made significant lifestyle changes to accomplish my weight loss. When I first started and couldn't walk more than 5 minutes at a time, this rower was a true challenge but I outgrew it about a month in and started regularly walking. I no longer use it every day, maybe 3-5 times a month for about 25-30 minutes.
I'm lazy. Let's just put that out there first, so you know what you're dealing with. When it's hot, humid, rainy, buggy- I don't want to go outside to exercise. And although I am lucky to have really solid legs (not a humble brag-just the facts), I have inherited my Grandmothers arms. Thanks, Grandma Gert *kiss*... So, I was looking for something that wasn't expensive but could cover all the bases I needed. Oh, did I mention I like t.v. as well? I do. A lot. And I never have time to watch it. So how was I supposed to avoid the summer swelter, work on those batwings, and binge watch American Princess? THIS ROWING MACHINE! It is simple, effective, and does not break the bank! It allows me to get a great workout (some of my muscles have issued a restraining order) and I have seen improvement in just two weeks. It has a calorie counter and a stroke counter which is all I need. For those of you who may be tall or very strong...the foot pads are a little short. It's no big deal, I just skootch my sneakers back off the edge a little, no problem...and after a while, the hydraulics loosen a touch- again, no problem for me, but if you are a 6'5 guy who skulled on the Charles River throughout your college career, and you're looking to regain your former glory, this may be a little rudimentary for you. All in all, it could be one of the best deals I've ever gotten on Amazon, and I love it. I got through American Princess ( I highly suggest that as well) and I'm on to Season 3 of Handmaids Tale... my arms should look awesome by the time I find out what shenanigans Aunt Lydia is up to...
I read the reviews for this and many other similar products. All had the same complaint that the piston looses it's resistance during use. After some careful research I discovered all piston based rowing machines do the exact same thing. Not wanting to spend a whole lot on this, as I was purchasing other machines as well, I decided to go ahead and try it out as other machines (both piston based and cord based) were much more expensive.
It is recommended to only use for 10 minutes at a time. And then let rest for 10 minutes before using again as the piston resistance is friction based on the inside and can heat up with use making the parts inside the piston more pliable and loose. So that is exactly what we do. We use the machine as part of a circuit in our routines and only use it for 10 minutes at a time. If you are using the machine correctly, it works exactly as it should.
We have had it for two weeks now and love it. It's a regular part of our regimen and we are feeling the results happily.
If you are looking for a machine that you can do for more than 10 minutes at a time, you should consider the cord based machines. If you are looking for an inexpensive rowing machine as part of a work out circuit, this is a good choice.
I am 88 and have a ruptured R Supraspinatus - from hanging one handed in my loft...... partial tear. About 30 years ago I damaged the L shoulder, same muscle. I was younger then and a very active windsurfer. Because the muscle lifts outwards I carried on but had a year's physio on the shoulder. i could still hang fore and aft.. The physio u/s really. So, this time I had a Scan and the physio had a look and gave me some exercises - after a month or two I stopped and bought the Rower. The basis was that I could strengthen the other muscles in the cuff without any harm to the Supraspinatus. It is working. I take it steady and use no.3 setting for the present. First task was to get up and control the B seat while I did so. I ended up on my back, pretty helpless!. So I moved a stool closer for support. My muscles aren't strong enough to roll over and get back up on my feet. So I have become more canny and perform within my limits. Lesson learned. I chose the Sunny because I could restrict myself to a 'fore and aft' pull, with a narrow grip, and strengthen the thighs and tummy. Some rowers need an outward movement of the elbows. I took my time choosing this machine and I am happy with it - it is in my conservatory and I can watch TV or listen to my HiFi as I exercise. '
Firstly I bought one of these cheap rowing machines from Argos so nearly didn't buy this one, the Argos one went back same day as it was ridiculous trying to put it together and didn't look strong, I felt like I would fall off it.
This one all you do is screw in a couple of parts, I mean just a couple, even the rubber was on the handlebars and I know some people had issues with that.
I have MS and was a bit scared it would be flimsy like the one I returned but it's not. This machine really does feel sturdy. I'm 5' 5" and 12 stone, hence the reason for purchase. I felt quite safe on it, the seat is wide enough for my fat bahookie and comfortable enough. Did it for 5 minutes on the lowest setting then came off. I intend to start with 5 minutes a few times a day then build up to longer sessions.
The reason for 4 stars is that the display thingy doesn't appear to be working well at all, not that I need it, maybe I haven't worked that out yet. I also don't think it's suitable for anyone much taller than me if you want a full leg stretch on the pull, maybe 5' 10" or something would be OK. I think this is the perfect machine for someone like me, disabled or mature that just wants to get fit at a nice slow pace to suit. Laughing now, when I first started to try the very first pull I thought the hydraulic thing was broken because it wouldn't move, turns out it was just at the higher setting and I'm a wimp, so watch for that one. I've used rowing machines in the gym and have to say I'm really happy with what I got for this price and having it in the house means I can suit myself when I use it.
Wasn't expecting too much at this price but have to say I was pleasantly suprised. Easy to set up in 5 minutes with the tools provided. I expected stability to be a problem but in fact it feels very solid and stable. The seat moved smoothly and the hydraulics worked well. Very simple 12point dial had a positive effect on the resistance. The ''computer '' is simple but does the basics which are all that are needed, strokes, time and approximate calories used. Fairly lightweight and easy to store upright but at the same time feels solid and likely to last. Because it's simple there is little to go wrong apart from the hydraulics . These do get quite hot so take care not to grab them after use.
I want to start out by saying for the price, you aren't going to beat this machine. I got mine for just shy of $80 and it's definitely worth that.
I'm 5'9" and I weigh 165 pounds, I have a small apartment which was one of my reasons for getting this machine, along with the price. Personally, it's just not enough for me as it's resistance is reliant on a hydraulic piece that once it gets warm, is much too weak for me. My girlfriend is 5'2" and less than 125 pounds, and it's perfect for her. She doesn't have to worry about slamming her knees, and even when it heats up she can put the resistance up to one of the higher settings and it works well for her.
To explain the "warming up" of the hydraulic piece. As you are rowing, it gets warmer and warmer, and the warmer it gets the less resistance you'll have. So after 5 minutes it gets pretty easy, and after 10 minutes you are basically just doing the motions without much resistance. Personally, I wish I ordered a different machine (and wish I kept everything because I would return it). If you are 5"7' or shorter, and if you weigh less than 150 pounds, this might be the perfect apartment-sized rowing machine for you.
Hardest bit for my husband, at 6 foot 5 inches with weakened muscle due to illness, is getting down onto the seat and then up. Once down he can strengthen muscles with ease. What else is a kitchen for? It will be used in the conservatory once I’ve put his wheelchair and other boxes into our shed.
5 stars without a doubt. Very impressed with rowing machine. I'm not a professional athlete and don't have high expectations, but that machine provides very good exercise for me. Other users were complaining about lack of resistance, I have it on level 4 and not looking to put it any higher any time soon. Doing short and very intense sessions (cardio) and it is perfect for that. My expectations are fulfilled.
It came reasonably packaged, although I did end up covered in blue lube assembling it 😅 In general, it's a serviceable machine. I've noticed that my first 20 or so rows seem much stiffer than expected, but whether that's my arms being weak or the machine needing to warm up is anyone's guess. I do find that if I'm not careful, the machine slides across the room with me on it. It's very slight but definitely happening. I bumped into a bookcase.
Overall, a decent product for the price. Just use it on carpet or a rug.