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seems to perform ok.
quick exercise, easy to use, looks a little fragile, question life expectancy, foot straps are kind of pain, overall not to bad.
Pleased with the product
Looking forward to getting into a nice routine with this new piece of equipment.
Excellent work out
The unit doesnt fold up quite as nicely as described
Rowing myself into shape
I find this rowing machine to be very easy to use.
Impressive little machine
I had been looking for a compact rowing machine- this fits the bill- it was easy to put together by myself even though the instructions were to have 2 people available. (I am mechanically inclined)- Everything fit together perfectly- it took about 30-40 min- I would have to agree with those who noted the low setting may be difficult if you are not used to an upper body work out. The seat is comfortable and the slide is long enough (a worry I did have). The only thing I would change is to add a softer grip, but that will be an easy switch out. This gives a terrific work out and stores in a small space. A good purchase!
compact and convenient
I wish there was one more lower setting for beginners.
Good quality for the price
Great product for the price
not easy to assemble for clumsy thumbs but works very well
recoveringfrom fractured kneecap need the rower to
regain leg mobility.
Gives a good workout
I love working out on this rower. It has increased the strength in my legs, knees, arms, and back, and has quickly toned and sculpted my entire body. Im 65 and have worked out most of my life but this machine has restored muscle mass and strength in areas I had just figured were beyond help at this age. Often working out requires discipline but I find my body wants to feel itself stretch out and feel all its muscle groups challenged almost every day. And the deep, regulated breathing that this workout naturally elicits feels great as well. I cannot recommend it too highly. I actually could cry with relief that I dont have to go to a gym to feel as good as I do and look as fit as I do. And because of its compact size it fits right behind my couch and its just always there waiting for me!
Easy way to excercise
I was expecting it to be more compact for storage but it is rather bulky for that. I enjoy using it however because it fills my needs to stay healthy and exercise without having to leave my home. I did have to request two parts replacements because they were damaged in the shipping. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and the customer service I received for requesting replacement parts.
redesign is great
This was my second rower of the same kind. I love the redesign in the hand for the tension adjustment. It is much easier to use.
Its a good rowing machine.
I did not want to join another gym. Its perfect if I will actually get used to using it.
DEPENDABLE SHARPER IMAGE QUALITY PRODUCT
This is my second Sharper Image piece of high quality exercise equipmnent. I have had their cross-country glider for years and it has taken many hours of use. This rower seems equivilent in quality and I look forward to this helping shed some holiday pounts in a low-impact way (hip replacement). Easily adjustable for more of less challenge. Would recommend their equipment.
We walk 5 miles and then use the Rowing machine and are building up reps or time on it.
Not perfect but suitable
Easy to assemble on my own. Even on the easiest level, its more difficult than most rowing machines Ive used in health clubs. The controls dont always work right but will usually keep count of the number of repetitions, which is most important to me. It provides a good workout and, because of its size, I can use it while watching television.
I love how compact this machine is yet it does the job it was meant to do. I like to use it as a cardio machine and my husband uses it to tone his muscles. Its small footprint allows me to keep it in our living room in front of the TV. Its light weight allows me to move it to the bedroom or closet when guests arrive. Whether youre using it 15 minutes a day or 1 hour a day, its a great piece of exercise equipment.
Simple, compact, does the job
Turn on the music, turn off the day, get in the groove. Takes as much effort as you want to give, makes you feel good and better than just sitting around. When youve had enough get up and come back tomorrow.
Great workout, quality TBD
This rower gives a great workout and easy to put together...the control/display is simple to use and works well. I love everything about it except the jury is still out on the machines durability. Ive only had it a few weeks and during my very first workout the hydraulic shock absorber broke and I had to have that replaced...Im about 8 workouts into the second shock absorber and its holding up and performing well but the little plastic/rubber pad at the end has begun disintegrating...the. Aching still works great but they are sending me another shock absorber to replace the second broken one....will see how this all holds up...
Very good value in a compact machine
I had this out of the box and assembled within an hour and used it immediately after. If you are in decent physical condition, the middle resistance setting provides a hearty 30 minute workout.
This is compact and lightweight, so easy to move around from room to room as you see fit.
I agree with the previous reviewers--good basic rower, good value. Ive been working out daily for years, so the initial stiff resistance wasnt a problem. Assembly took about an hour by myself. Needed tools are included. When counting the small parts like nuts, bolts, and washers, be sure to check the larger parts like the frame and the seat roller bracket, because a few of the bolts and washers are already installed on them--instructions say nothing about this and I wasted time hunting for missing parts that werent missing. A stopper latch on the free-rolling seat would be very helpful in mounting and dismounting. While sturdiness and parts quality seem good and the rower works smoothly, only time will tell whether it will survive everyday use or is another of those less expensive exercise devices that are built to be used a couple of weeks and then stored in the attic. I like this rower and plan to use it every day.
Assembly: I put this together myself in 90 minutes but arm attachment to main frame and shock attachment to main frame requires two people to ensure that the screws are secure.
Use: I used this for half-an-hour on the easiest resistance and burned 145 calories. Really works out the arms! Can use rowing arm under handed to make it more manageable until you are accustomed to shoulder workout. CAUTION: Do not wear a loose fitting t-shirt because it will get caught under the seat. All in all a good workout for someone used to working out. For those just starting out the lower resistance is a challenge so be sure to strengthen your upper body through push ups or the like. This low-end rower from a high-end manufacturer is well-built for the price! I am satisfied with this equipment that allows for a good sweat. I expect results within 45 to 60 days with a good diet. Please note there is a 90-day warranty from manufacturer.
Row your way to a fit body
Once assembled, the product performs beautifully as its intended to do, shape and contour your body, giving you the option of an low impact or high impact workout using the tension knobs. The rowing itself is smooth and targets all the right muscles. The seat jiggles a bit but doesnt interefere with the performance. I really like it.
Thoroughly enjoying the rowing machine!
I use the rower for toning my muscles every day.
it is easy to use, can move it very easily when not in use.
very simple to assemble and not very heavy.
a very good investment.
The rower is uncomplicated to use, but noisy.
Portable rowing machine
seat needs more friction -- moves too easily.
Compact Rowing Machine
I havent used it much yet, but it is just what I was looking for at a reasonable price.
I wanted something that can easily be moved around and stored. I am 77 years old but most people think I am in my 60s. I am will to exercise to remain in shape and healthy. I did not want to join a club in order to do my workouts. My purchase was just what I needed and wanted. Thanks, Wanda
WORKS FOR ME
Easy to assemble, customizable tension
Good product, but asembly unclear
Assembly instructions need improvement. I reversed the piston initially which ruined the bracket on the power arm. I suggested that a comment be made to avoid such a mishap by others. I would also recommend a seat hold while trying to mount the device since it freely rolls down slope and can be a little tricky to seat oneself. Once I received a replacement and assembled properly, I have high praise for the device. It works well, is well constructed and feels good during exercise. I would recommend this product to anyone interested in this method of exercise.
Portable Rowing Machine Review
This little rower really does well for the price! While its not an expensive one, it works the same muscles in almost the same way!
The only problem I have found is the little bolt/nut that holds the top of the pneumatic tube to the handle bars can sometimes come unscrewed and cause the tube to slip downward. It would be easy enough to use something extra to hold it in place. I also hand tighten it periodically while rowing to make sure it remains snug.
As I said, though, for the price, you just cant beat it!
small footprint, great workout
I got this for my boys and myself for Christmas, came quickly, was relatively easy to assemble. One exception-it wasnt clear to me that the hydraulic arm needs to pull out from the top instead of bottom (or that it mattered at all) from the directions, so I installed it backwards, which caused some damage after I used it only 3 times, However, without me having to explain much (and admitting that it wasnt clear on instructions), they immediately agreed to send replacement parts for the damaged ones. So, great product, great customer service.