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HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine

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Hydraulic55 x 68 x 1555 lbs275 lbs1 year frame
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Designed to produce a genuine sensation of outdoors rowing, the HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull is equipped with dual oars for a full-body workout. It is a versatile rower that can be used by both inexperienced and more advanced athletes. With two hydraulic cylinders and a 12-level resistance setting, this item provides a quite realistic rowing motion. Best of all, the rower is ergonomically shaped which encourages longer and more efficient workouts since you won’t be tempted to constantly get up and stretch your legs.

Ease of use and comfort

The HCI Fitness is known as one of the most comfortable models on the market. Its dense and solid build quality ensures that the machine doesn’t budge even during the most intense workouts. Athletes are also going to appreciate the user-friendly seat which molds itself to your body, preventing any aches or pains. On a personal level, I did notice how the comfortable seat motivated me to push beyond my usual limitations and indulge in a more intense and efficient workout.HCI MONITOR

The footrests are just as comfortable and shaped to pivot to mimic a natural rowing movement. The straps are quite sturdy and provide a firm grip around the shoes. However, the most acclaimed feature of this machine is the sleek skull rowing motion. A staggering amount of experienced outdoors rowers praised the perfect rowing strokes and compared the experience to being quite similar to outdoors rowing.

This rower is not equipped with wheels but it is light enough to be moved from room to room. Most importantly, you won’t have to worry about storage when it comes to this machine: it is, in fact, equipped with foldable oars which largely decreases the machine’s footprint, hence yielding easy storage. The folded-up machine is so small that you can even stow it in a storage closet or under the bed.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Product dimensions: 55 x 68 x 15″
  • Machine Weight: 55lbs
  • Resistance Type: Hydraulic Pistons
  • Resistance levels: 12
  • Maximum user weight capacity: 275 lbs
  • Storage: Fully foldable handles
  • Materials: Steel
  • Engineering: German
  • Incline: Yes

The HCI Fitness rowing machine has been widely acclaimed by fitness gurus because of its hydraulic, independently controlled pistons that will allow you to take full advantage of its outrigger design by either exerting more pressure on one arm or go for an equal level of tension on both sides of the body. This can come in quite helpful to anyone in rehabilitation or with disabilities.

With this rower, users will be able to select between twelve different levels of tension. Personally, I was extremely appreciative of the handy and easy-to-reach resistance collars which are positioned on each of the pistons. Also, because of the wide range of tension levels and settings, this model can be used by people of various stamina and strength.

hci fitnessThe rower also features an extremely rare, albeit much coveted, incline system. Thanks to this feature, you will be able to decide how much you want to engage your legs in the workout. A steeper incline exerts more pressure on the legs while a lower one engages the arms more than the lower body. This way, users can design a fully customizable workout while targeting specific problem areas of their body to facilitate weight loss.

Like a professional-grade fitness equipment, this model comes with a multifunctional oversized display window which is large enough to be viewed from a distance. This helps you keep track of fitness-related data such as calories burned, total strokes, stroke count, distance covered and workout time. This model allows the user to display all this data as a series of alternating scans of each area, and also gives the option of freezing the display on the area of interest, which some users will certainly find helpful. The performance monitor is quite straightforward in the sense that it only displays basic data, but, by the same token, it is also quite easy to handle, especially for novice users.

Another helpful feature integrated within this machine is the built-in workout program which provides the user with the freedom to indulge in a varied workout without having to constantly interrupt their training to adjust the settings.

Assembly and Parts

This rowing machine is, without doubt, one of the easiest to assemble. In fact, not a single user complained about having a hard time putting the parts together. Personally, I found the illustrated instructions manual very easy to follow and only needed 15 minutes to assemble the product. The only tools required for the assembly process are hex wrenches and these are already included with the packaging. The boxed set comes with all the required parts including: folding oars, lock nuts, ergonomic padded seat, rowing arms, monitor, pivoting foot plates, and adjustable straps.

Drawbacks

A couple of users did report some mild squeaking noises but this issue was rapidly solved by using some machine oil or lubricant. Budding athletes can also get tired out by the dual rowing motions. One customer complained that the display screen was too basic for him.

A great investment for anyone who wants to tone up

Unlike other rowers, this machine lays quite a lot of emphasis on upper body movements to rapidly and effortlessly tone up the arms. Indeed, thanks to its outrigger style, exercising on the HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine actually resembles rowing in water, which can’t be said of most other models. Also, with this machine, users will also be able to indulge in long, intense trainings that will deliver visible results within the space of a few weeks. Studies have shown that rowing can burn anything from 300 to 800 calories per hour, depending on your age, gender as well as the overall intensity of your workout- and this model does live up to such expectations.

Now we liked this rower well enough but still, before making any buying decision you should also consider other models, hence we would recommend you to check the Kettler Favorit, the Kadett and Stamina Precision, which are also two-oar rowers and as high rated as this one.

The HCI Fitness is readily available on Amazon and is backed by a solid one year warranty on the parts and frame.