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BodyCraft VR500 Commercial Rower

BodyCraft VR500
bodycraft vr500
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Air and Magnetic98 x 20 x 38101 lbs350 lbs10 years frame
2 years parts
90 days labor

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Boasting of more than a decade of development and technical research, the BodyCraft VR500 Commercial Rower is one of the most professional pieces of fitness equipment on the market. Efficient, durable and packed with handy features, this particular machine is often used by professional athletes during their training sessions. Priced between $1500 and $2000, this rower can be considered as slightly more expensive than the average, but then again, it’s worth every cent. Indeed, with this machine alone, you will be able to benefit from a challenging full-body workout that will engage every major muscle group for rapid and efficient weight loss.

bodycraft vr500 pro rowing machineThanks to this particular rower, you can very easily expect to lose more than 10 pounds in just a few weeks. Indeed, the machine is known to provide a deficit of approximately 1000 calories or more in just one hour on high intensity. This model’s best feature is that it’s entirely suited to both beginners and more experienced athletes. By investing on this rower, you won’t be subjected to excessive gym fees, and at the same time, you’ll also be able to train in various types of weather conditions, including rain or snow.

About the Company

Established in 1994, BodyCraft Fitness is especially focused on the safety and comfort of their customers. Indeed, every machine has been designed for comfort and longevity, allowing you to burn quite a lot of weight in a short amount of time. One of the main suppliers for several gyms and fitness centers across the world, this company manufactures a wide plethora of products to fit various budgets. Their products are also known for their innovative side and are mainly built to add some extra motivation to your fitness routine. The company is also known for its solid aftersales service and dedication to customer satisfaction.

bodycraft vr500 flywheelProduct Features and Specifications

  • Resistance Type: Air and Eddy Current Brake
  • Maximum Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Built-in Programs: 12
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Dimensions: 98 x 20 x 38 inches
  • Weight: 101 pounds

Unlike poorly-built machines, this rower boasts of a high seat that’s raised around 19 inches above ground level. This provides users with a feel of professional, high-quality piece of gym equipment. The height also makes it easier for elderly people to climb up and down the seat since they won’t have to crouch down. Higher seats have also been shown to provide more resistance because of gravitational pull, which in return, allows you to burn more calories within the same lapse of time.

The rower is equipped with a highly effective combination of magnets and air to provide you with full-body resistance. Therefore, the harder you pull the more resistance you will encounter, which makes the rower completely suited to beginners.

To make the VR500 easier to use, buttons have been placed on the handles, allowing you to adjust the resistance without having to interrupt your workout. Athletes will also be able to benefit from innovative programs designed to keep you completely motivated during the entire duration of your training session. These include no less than four interactive race boats programs, whereby athletes can compete with other rowers and try to beat preset targets. The programs also include two interval programs, one custom and one manual program.

bodycraft vr500 foldedAs far as the monitor is concerned, the machine boasts of a widescreen monitor that you can easily read from a distance. Through this computer, athletes can keep an eye on their progress and benefit from handy readouts like then number of calories burned, distance covered, number of rowing strokes, time elapsed, total time covered and the likes. You can also save your personal user profile on the monitor.

Ease of Use and Comfort

Because of the fully-adjustable foot straps, athletes of various foot sizes can comfortably use the BodyCraft VR500. The seat is comfortably padded and ergonomically contoured to easily fit your body, hence preventing aches and soreness after your training session. As far as the handle is concerned, it boasts of an extremely fluid and smooth motion that ensures an easy glide with no interruption. The handle is foam padded, providing you with a steady grip even if your fingers get slippery and sweaty.

The frame is solidly constructed from durable and sturdy powder coated steel. By this token, it’s solid enough to remain completely immobile, no matter how quickly you row. It can comfortably sustain up to 350 pounds of maximum user weight, which, although not nearly as much as the offered by the Concept2 Model D, will be more than enough for most users. Tall people often find it problematic to comfortably indulge in a rower because of their height. However, this item boasts of a perfect structure for taller-than-average individuals. The beam, for example, is fully expandable, allowing you to stretch your limbs until you’re fully comfortable.

Assembly and Parts

Most customers reported that the machine was extremely easy to set up. An instructions manual is included in the boxed packaging to guide you through each step. It includes complete illustrations to facilitate this step for novice users. Along with the manual, athletes will also receive all the required tools and accessories required for the assembly process. All in all, most customers required thirty minutes to half an hour to set up the rowing machine.

bodycraft vr500 proA Highly Professional Model

In spite of its rather hefty price tag, this product does remain a recommended buy for anyone who’s interested in adopting a healthier lifestyle. Its versatile features will add quite a lot of variety to your training session and keep you motivated during lazier days. Since it’s so easy to operate, this machine can be used by larger families with members boasting of several fitness levels. In fact, it can even be considered as a long-term investment since the rower has been known to last for life with the proper care and maintenance.

The BodyCraft VR500 Commercial Rower is protected by a product warranty of 10 years on the frame, 2 years on the parts and up to 90 days on labor.