Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine
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Comfortable, effective rowing machine with 16.5-lb flywheel and five resistance levels

If you want a comfortable, effective tug-style rowing machine that uses a flywheel design, the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 rowing machine is a great choice. It uses a flywheel to generate five different resistance levels so you can build and tone all the muscles in your body. When you’re not using it, it’s easy to store. This review will highlight all the features of the LifeSpan Fitness, and also describe some of the problems with the rower.

16.5-pound flywheel

Flywheels are essentially just weighted disks connected to the rower’s pedals. They are also used in exercise bikes. As you row, the wheel provides resistance so you have to work hard. The heavier the wheel and higher the resistance, the harder the rower is to use. The flywheel for the LifeSpan Fitness rower is 16.5, which is a good weight for your arms, even if you haven’t used a rower before. The LifeSpan also includes magnetic brake tension.

Five resistance levels

The rower provides five resistance levels that you can manually adjust for a more intense workout. It also has a no-slack retrieval system so when you make adjustments, the rowing strap doesn’t get loose. This helps keep the rower in good shape and all the parts where they should be.

LCD console

As you workout, the LCD console records a wide range of information like the distance traveled, burned calories, strokes per minute, and total strokes. You can easily measure your progress and set goals so each workout is productive.

Strengths

Accommodates more weight

One of the LifeSpan’s strengths is that it holds more weight than many other rowers. The maximum capacity is 300 pounds, which means more people can use it and benefit from the fat-busting action of rowing.

Easy storage

You can’t always have your rowing machine out in the open, especially if you don’t have a special workout room for it. The RW1000 easily folds for easy storage and when folded, measures about 34’’ x 19’’ x 64’’.

Quiet

Many rowing machines can be loud. You are moving pieces of metal around and screws and knobs can rub together and make noise. The Lifespan Fitness has a quiet drive system, so operation is smooth and silent. You can work out early in the morning without disturbing anyone, or while you listen to music or watch TV.

Weaknesses

Flimsy parts

One of the LifeSpan Fitness’ weaknesses is that some of its parts are kind of fragile and flimsy. The pull chain is made of fabric as opposed to metal, and will wear down relatively quickly with frequent use. There are also problems with the pedal straps. They aren’t very sticky and come undone while you’re exercising. If you plan on using a rowing machine for intensive workouts, you might want to go with a more durable machine. However, if you just want a rowing machine to use during the winter or when it’s rainy out, you’ll probably get a lot of use out this rower before things start breaking down.

Limited monitor data

Since the LifeSpan Fitness rowing machine is in the middle range price-wise, you would expect the monitor to provide a little more data than what it has. It doesn’t measure heart rate or burned calories specific to your weight input. However, you can get a heart rate monitor pretty cheaply, and having specific burned calories isn’t super necessary for most people, so you’ll likely be fine with what the monitor gives you.

Overall Review

The LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 rowing machine uses a flywheel/magnetic brake resistance design with five levels to create a challenging workout for anyone interested in building their strength. It’s a quiet rower, so you can exercise during any time of day and track your progress using the LCD console. It’s a bit on the more expensive side, but is still relatively affordable given how pricey the most advanced rowers can be.