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Stamina Avari A150-335 Conversion II Rower and Recumbent Bike

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Avari Conversion II
a150-335
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Magnetic74 x 24 x 34102 lbs250 lbs3 years frame
90 days parts

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The Avari A150-335 Conversion II is a multi-task piece of fitness equipment, designed to deliver the benefits of rowing and cycling indoors in a single machine. Equipped with a magnetic resistance to deliver an extrem

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Rower & Recumbent Bike

ely smooth training, this model allows you to swiftly switch between recumbent biking and rowing, hence providing a fully customizable workout.

With this machine, users can expect to lose around 250 to 450 calories per hour on the recumbent bike and between 300 to 500 calories on the rower. Additionally, by adjusting the settings to the highest resistance, you can even expect to lose up to 800 calories per hour. Best of all, this equipment features a space-saving system which allows you to stow it away until the next time you want to use it.

Since 1997, Stamina has succeeded on producing some of the highest quality fitness equipment on the market. This company focuses primarily on aerobic activities which deliver very little impact on your joints, hence making their products perfectly suitable for people in rehabilitation process as well as the elderly. However, it’s until recently that they started offering the benefits of two aerobic activities in one. In fact, Stamina has launched not just one, but two multi-task rower/recumbent bike, the Avari Conversion II and the Stamina Deluxe Conversion II.

Assembly and Parts

Because of the dual functions of this machine, inexperienced users might initially find it hard to assemble the various parts. However, the boxed set does come with a highly detailed and fully illustrated instructions manual as well as all the required tools and screws needed to put it together. I found that it took me around one hour to put the whole thing together.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: 74 x 24 x 34”
  • Folded Dimensions: 34 x 24 x 56”
  • Materials: Plastic, Aluminum, Steel
  • Console Display type: LCD
  • Resistance Type: Magnetic
  • Resistance Levels: 8
  • Resistance type: Magnetic
  • Product weight: 102lbs
  • Storage: Foldable
  • User weight capacity: 250lbs

The highly innovative design allows you to very easily convert the rower into a bike, and additionally provides a multitude of exercises such as forearm curls, triceps kickbacks and bicep curls, among many others. In fact, the bike is even equipped for light leg presses: all you have to do is adjust the resistance cord around the seat before using the machine. Both the rower and the bike are equipped with nylon foot straps to hold your legs firmly into place, no matter how quickly you cycle or row.

a150-335 monitorThe exercise machine also boasts of an electronic monitor to help you keep a close eye on various fitness-related data such as pulse, calories burned, time, distance and speed. The grips feature a highly sensitive hand pulse sensor to provide an accurate reading of the user’s heart beats per minute, hence making this the perfect gym equipment for anyone who suffers from a cardiovascular condition.

Users who are fond of hard workouts will certainly appreciate the rotating rowing pedals which draw your entire body into a series of highly efficient workouts. This product also features a magnetic resistance, which is considered as one of the best types of resistance, after water. Compared to other high-quality and commercially-oriented fitness equipment, this item is equipped with firm nylon straps to encourage an intense pull and push motion, hence drawing energy from most of the major muscle groups in your body.

Ease of Use and Comfort

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Adjusting to Rower

Contrary to what several users might believe, it is quite easy to convert the machine from a rower to a recumbent bike. All you have to do is adjust the seat and pull the pin. The rower is so simple to use that even novice athletes will be able to manipulate it without any difficulty. In case of doubt, however, users can also refer to the manual to easily find out how to switch between rowing and biking.

Personally, I was extremely appreciative of the softly padded seat which kept aches and burns at bay both during and after training. I have had quite a few negative experiences in the past where I had to interrupt my workouts because of a tough, unyielding seat but this was far from being the case with this product. Also, when using it as a recumbent bike, users will literally be able to lounge back and pedal their way to fitness with minimal efforts. In fact, this model is so highly comfortable that you may even find yourself training past your regular workout hours.

It’s important to mention that the recumbent biking position is also extremely easy on the back and limits the risk of slipped or strained disc; two common occurrences with upright bikes. The handles are also equipped with thick foam which provides a quite steady grip even when your hands get sweaty.

Drawbacks

A few users claimed to have had issues with the assembly process because of the dual exercising options. In fact, some users were even unable to put it together, even with the instructions manual and had to contact aftersales services to learn how to it together, however, once they got some help they did manage to fully assemble the product.

A handy two-in-one piece of equipment

This product is a high quality, extremely handy equipment which can very easily suit both novice and more experienced athletes. It is also a suitable product for anyone who is on a limited budget since it provides you with two functions combined in one machine. Indeed, while one might think this is not an affordable product, once we consider all the different exercises it has to offer and compare it with the price of an actual home-gym, we can see how we’ll be saving a ton. However, it’s important to point out that this model’s maximum capacity (250 pounds) might be limiting for some users, in which case it’d be recommended to check the newer model ProForm Hybrid Rower / Recumbent Bike, which comes with a more forgiving 350 pounds of maximum capacity.

As an additional remark, several fitness gurus point towards the fact that alternating between two exercises is the most productive way to work out because it prevents your body from adapting to the same activity over and over again. A dual machine has also been shown to bring vast improvements to cardiovascular and lung functions, hence preventing a medley of disorders while maintaining an excellent standard of health.

The Avari Conversion II Rower and Recumbent Bike is readily available on Amazon and protected by a 90 days warranty on the parts and 3 years on the frame.