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Quiet, commercial-grade rowing machine with 16 levels of magnetic resistance and advanced monitor technology

The Lifecore R100 is a commercial-grade rowing machine with a very impressive computer monitor, 16 magnetic-resistance levels, and a quiet operation. If you’re a serious rower and have experience with machines, this is a great upgrade option. This review will describe more of the features in detail as well as some of the downsides.

Flywheel design with magnetic resistance

The R100 generates its muscle-building resistance using a flywheel design equipped with magnetic resistance. With this machine, you get 16 levels of resistance so you can start out easy and work your way up. Having a variety of levels is also good for making your workouts interesting and including a mix of difficult and easy.

Advanced LCD fitness monitor

The fitness monitor on the Lifecore is very advanced. It includes 15 preset programs you can follow along and 4 polar-compatible heart rate programs that adjust the resistance according to your pulse. It also stores the workout data of up to 4 people, so your whole family can benefit from the machine and chart their progress.

600-pound weight capacity

The Lifecore R100 Commercial rowing machine has a much higher weight capacity than other rowers, especially for a magnetic-resistance rower. This makes it ideal for people who can’t exercise in the traditional ways and need to lose weight quickly for health reasons. The low-impact, effective exercise that rowers provide can pave the way for a better, healthier life.



If you have an irregular workout schedule or need to work out while you watch TV or listen to music, the silent drives system on the Lifecore lets you quietly exercise early in the morning or with entertainment on. Magnetic resistance is usually quieter the air-resistance rowing machines, so you’re guaranteed to have a quiet experience.


With frequent use, many pieces of workout equipment wear out and break down. The Lifecore R100 is made from solid steel with an extruded-aluminum frame so you can use it a lot for years without parts falling out or breaking.

Workout guidance

Most people aren’t professional athletes, so if you’re like most people, you’ll want some guidance for your workouts. The advanced monitor and preset programs helps you exercise as efficiently as possible and learn how to safely push yourself physically. You can see your progress very clearly, and having those programs keeps things interesting so you don’t get bored with the rower.



The main drawback to the Lifecore is that it is very expensive. It’s probably on the highest end of the price-range and so only fits certain budgets. Because of the price though, you get that very advanced computer monitor with programs and space for saved data, so if you are serious about rowing and have goals you really want to reach, the price tag is worth it.

Overall Review

The Lifecore R100 commercial rowing machine is very high-quality with a price tag to match. It offers a lot of really cool technology (like recovery programs and resistance matched to your heart rate), smooth and quiet magnetic resistance, and a much heavier weight capacity than other rowers. If you have some serious goals you want to meet and/or are training as an athlete, this is a great piece of workout equipment.