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LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine

LifeSpan Fitness RW1000
LifeSpan Fitness RW1000
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Hydraulic87 x 19 x 2356 lbs300 lbs5 years frame
2 year parts

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The LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine provides a full-body cardiovascular workout while focusing specifically on the back, shoulders, legs and arms. It delivers a smooth and fluid workout without impacting your joints. With a sturdy construction that can support a user weight of up to 300lbs, this rower presents a variety of features including, several levels of tension, multifunctional fitness console and a fold-up storage option.

This is not a budget-friendly model such as the Stamina 1215 Orbital, nor is it a high end rower like the Concept2 Model D, but it’s something more in the middle; so if you’re looking for a sturdy rower, not so cheaply made but without having to break the bank then the RW1000 might be the right one for you.

lifespanA professional-grade fitness equipment, this machine even bears the 2008 Gear Awards Seal of Excellence because of its ease of use, efficacy and comfort. Indeed, this company strives to produce the best gym equipment in the Health and Fitness market and manufactures a plethora of other apparatuses such as treadmills, upright and recumbent bikes and elliptical trainers, among others. LifeSpan Fitness is acclaimed by trainers and fitness gurus for its highly durable machines that are built to last for a lifetime, with minimal maintenance.

Product Specifications

  • Product dimensions: 87 x 19 x 23”
  • Folded product dimensions: 34 x 19 x 64”
  • Machine weight: 56lbs
  • Resistance system: Magnetic resistance with flywheel
  • Maximum user capacity: 300lbs
  • Storage: Foldable
  • Materials: Steel, aluminum, plastic
  • Seat: Injected foam

Assembly and Parts

The good thing about this rower is that it doesn’t require much assembly, hence facilitating this step. Even inexperienced users will have an easy time assembling the process because of the simple and straightforward steps illustrated in the manual. In fact, I only needed around 20 minutes to assemble the rower. All the required tools needed to put this machine together come with the package.

Product Features



This rower features an LCD Console that is split in no less than three windows. Thanks to this console, you will be able to access a plethora of information related to your training such as stroke per minute, stroke counts, calories, distance and time. This gadget is fully battery operated and even comes with an auto turn-off feature which closes the window after four minutes of inactivity to save battery. Most users will appreciate the large font and oversized screen which allow you to view your information even from a distance. However, the console is not backlit which can be just a tad problematic if you don’t have a good source of light around.

The RW1000 also features a magnetic resistant system which encourages your entire body to participate in the workout. This promises an intense but very low impact workout which burns quite a lot of calories without straining your joints and muscles to the excess. By this token, the magnetic resistance system is entirely safe for old people to use. This feature also lays quite a lot of emphasis on problem areas of your body including the abdominal area, upper thighs, backs, legs, calves and arms. With a 5-level resistance setting, this machine can very easily yield a deficit of 800 calories per hour on maximum tension.

Ease of Use

Because of its solid build quality, this rower is very comfortable and does not buckle under intense use. The magnetic resistant settings provides very relaxing and smooth rowing motion which can very easily imitate the natural sensation of rowing across a stretch of open water. Most importantly, the steel frame is guaranteed to last for years, if not decades, with minimal maintenance. Not only is the seat thickly padded with foam to prevent any aches after your workout, but the foot pedals also have a handy swiveling option to facilitate ease of use. The Velcro straps provide a firm hold and can accommodate several shoe sizes.

Personally, I was extremely pleased to note that the handle was equipped with a thick padded texture which provided rw1000 foldedan easy grip. The handle ergonomically shaped prevented my hands from slipping even after several long minutes of strenuous workout. I normally dread the infamous rower’s callouses after lengthy workouts but I have to say that this was not at all an issue with this machine. Quite on the contrary, the foam-padded handle provided a smooth, almost velvet-like grip which protected my fingers from any redness or callouses after training.

Another feature which users will undoubtedly appreciate is the easy folding storage option. The rower does have a rather large footprint because of its long steel frame, but when folded up, it only claims a floor space of about 34 x 19 x 64”. If you like to watch a movie or listen to some music during training, you’re also going to enjoy the sleek and practically silent rowing motions. Indeed, in stark contrast to other models, this machine does not emit any unnecessary purring sound if properly lubed.


The main issue which users had with this machine was with the display console. Several people claimed that the lack of backlight hindered their workouts because the display was not easy to read in poor or low lighting. Another customer stated that he had an issue with the handle but this was related to an assembly flaw.

Keep or toss?

All in all, this rower is a definite investment especially if you’re looking for a sturdy and long-lasting product for a reasonable price. While the advanced settings are suitable for more experienced users, novice athletes will also be able to make the most out of the moderate, low-level impact training sessions which made this machine so popular in gyms all over the world. Very easy to handle and maintain, the rower is also perfect for anyone who wants to lose weight, tone up problem areas or simply maintain a good level of health and fitness.

The RW1000 is also a fantastic way to boost up your metabolism and stamina, while making your limbs more supple and strong. This product comes in silver and black and is covered by a 1 year warranty for labor, 2 years on parts and 5 years on the frame.