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Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine

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Lifecore R100 Commercial
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92 x 19 x 3696 lbs600 lbsLifetime frame
2 years parts

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The Lifecore R100 Commercial is a magnetic rowing machine that displays the very best of fitness technology. Designed to help you lose weight in a safe albeit efficient manner, this model is enhanced by a plethora of features, such as 16 resistance levels, 15 preset programs and four heart rate control systems, among various others. This product has originally been designed for heavy duty use, which is why it can very easily accommodate up to 600 lbs of user weight. Best of all, it features a sold steel frame which does not buckle or slide, no matter how hard you work out. This rowing machine can very easily sustain intense and constant usage.

LifeCore Fitness prides itself on providing club-quality equipment at affordable prices. Indeed, all their products are quite budget-friendly without compromising on quality, and because of this, we also took the time to also review the much cheaper model R88.lifecore monitor

Ease of Use and Comfort

This item is equipped with a frame lock mechanism that allows you to swiftly fold it upright to minimize space when not in use. It even comes with a set of built-in roller wheels positioned both at the rear and front area to enhance mobility, allowing you to move it from room to room. Perfect for individuals who live in small areas, the R100 boasts of a small footprint and does not require much floor space.

In contrast to other models, it even comes with an ergonomic handle which will allow you to complete your workout in all effectiveness and comfort. Personally, I found that my hands tend to become sore and blistered when I row on other models but this one comes with an ergonomic shape and is thickly padded to protect the skin. I was also quite appreciative of the seat which easily molded itself to my body after a few days and kept the usual soreness and aches at bay.

This model also stands out from others because it comes with a Belt Drive instead of a traditional rowing chain. This provides an extremely quiet workout without any of the customary whirring and purring noises that always seem to accompany poorly-built models. This added feature will allow you to enjoy a film or some music while you workout.

Assembly and Partsr100 rower

This product comes in several parts which users have to put together. While I tend to be clumsy around tools and manual work, I did find the rower extremely difficult to assemble. Contrary to other fitness equipment, this item comes with all the required tools and knobs needed to join the different units. The boxed packaging includes everything from the frame, padded seat, handle and display screen, among others. It took me around 45 minutes to assemble it, but some users claimed to have done it in around 15 to 20 minutes.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Assembled product dimensions: 94 x 19 x 36lbs
  • Product weight: 96lbs
  • Resistance type: Magnetic
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Maximum capacity: 600lbs
  • Storage: Foldable
  • Materials used: Forged aluminum

This rowing machine is equipped with an oversized LCD color monitor which will not only help you keep track of your progress, but will also motivate you push beyond your boundaries and burn more calories than usual. The monitor is equipped with a variety of programs such as interval trainings, no less than 4 heart rate control programs and 15 preset programs destined to rowers who are looking for a challenge. This gadget comes with a green and blue backlit screen that can easily be viewed from a distance without having to continuously pause your training.

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Folded R100

This model comes with up to 600 pounds of maximum capacity, which is more than what the popular Concept2 Model E as well as the newer model BodyCraft VR500 have to offer. The monitor displays fitness-related data such as: pulse, distance, strokes per minute, speed, calories burned, total strikes and total workout time. Users who acquire the chest strap can also monitor their pulse, a feature which can come in quite handy to the elderly or to individuals suffering from cardiovascular disorders.

This rowing machine also features a unique Magnetic and Air Flywheel and Resistance to speed up your weight loss with minimal impact on your joints. The 16 levels of resistance make the rower perfect for athletes of various fitness levels because it allows you to set your own pace and work the tension setting that you personally think you can handle. The flywheel has also been conceived to generate air during your training and this can be felt during lower resistance settings.
Users are also going to appreciate the air vent, which provides a cool blast of air to stop you from getting all sweaty, and consequently makes for a more comfortable workout.

 

Drawbacks

One user deplored the fact that it was impossible for him to get a pulse reading on the monitor without the chest strap. A few other users initially had a hard time with the instructions manual but once they got the hang of it, they did find the assembly process to be quite easy.

Should you invest in this rower?

Overall, this certainly is a case where the pros greatly outweigh the cons, as should be with any top end model. With a wide variety of fitness-related features and a solid, durable built, this machine has been shown to burn up to 400 calories on a low resistance level and 800 on the highest one. In fact, a few users claimed to have lost around 10 pounds in a few months by using this machine three times a week on moderate resistance.

Since it’s so easy and comfortable to operate, users will be motivated to push past their normal training hours and burn much more calories than usual. This machine is also conceived to enhance your metabolism, hence allowing your body to stock less fat while burning more calories. More importantly, it is protected by a warranty of 5 years on the parts, 1 year on labor and lifetime on the frame.