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ProForm 440R Rower

ProForm 440R
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Magnetic77 x 21 x 3870 lbs250 lbs5 years frame
90 days parts

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A highly affordable yet professional-quality rowing machine, the ProForm 440R Rower is equipped with everything you need to lose weight. Designed for a total-body workout through strength and cardio training, this rower can be used in two different ways: indeed, users can either sit in the classic rowing position as they use the machine or, to add some variety to their routine, they can stand up and use the low pulley station to indulge in some expanded strength training.

Extremely versatile, this rower is produced by ProForm, a well-established company in the Health and Fitness industry. Known for their highly professional and budget-friendly products, this company also produces a plethora of other fitness equipment such as Elliptical and Hybrid Trainers as well as Treadmills.proform

Assembly and Parts

This rower does require a few minutes to put together, especially because it integrates two exercise equipment in one. However, a fully-illustrated instructions manual is included in the boxed set to guide first-time users. Most of the required tools and parts needed for assembly are already included in the boxed packaging. Personally, it took me around forty-five minutes to an hour to put all the parts together. The only downside to the assembly process is that this product is not pre-assembled and comes with several small, fiddly parts. A few users were confused when it came to the instructions manual but a quick call to the aftersales team fixed their problem.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Materials: Aluminum and Steel
  • Storage: Fold-up
  • Weight capacity: 250lbs
  • Resistance: Magnetic
  • Seat: Ergonomic and adjustable
  • Shipping weight: 70lbs
  • Product dimensions: 38 x 21 x 77”

This rowing machine has been especially conceived for anyone who wants to lose weight and improve their cardiovascular capacity. In fact, users can expect to lose up to 500 calories per hour on the rower on a moderate resistance, and up to 800 on higher resistance. As far as the low pulley station is concerned, athletes can expect to lose around 300 to 500 calories per hour, with the exact amount depending on their gender, weight and resistance level.

440r foldedWhat we really like about the ProForm 440R is its magnetic resistance which really makes for a silent workout, thus you won’t get distracted by the noise characteristic of air resistance models. Also, the rower’s 8 resistance levels can be easily adjusted through a handy knob. Indeed, this rower is perfect for beginners because, users can manually adjust the difficulty to their desired level and allow their bodies to gradually build up enough stamina before moving on to the next level.

The rower also features a large-sized LCD screen which is easy enough to read, even from afar. This console allows you to keep a close eye on your progress by monitoring your fitness-related data such as:

  • Distance rowed
  • Time
  • Number of strokes per minute
  • Calories burned
  • Strokes

Users will really appreciate the scan function, which displays each piece of information for around six seconds before changing to another data. This allows you to closely monitor your progress without constantly having to interrupt your workout. The easy-glide feature integrated within the aluminum base also ensures smooth movements across the pole.

Ease of Use and Comfort

As one of the most basic, albeit efficient equipment on the market, this product is fairly easy to use. New athletes might have just a few problems building up stamina, but this shouldn’t be a problem if you start off on a lower setting and allow your body to adjust to training. The machine is completely safe and comfortable enough for old people as well as novice users.

440r monitorIn stark contrast to other low-quality and poorly made machines, this rower features a highly comfortable, wide and textured seat which keeps any aches or discomfort at bay while you’re working out. This will certainly encourage users to push to their limits and indulge in lengthier workouts. The handles also provide a very firm grip, even when you start to sweat.

If you live in a smallish space, you’ll also enjoy the easy-to-fold feature and Space-Saver design which guarantees easy storage. Users who like to listen to music or watch a movie during their training will be certainly glad to learn about this machine’s quietness. Additionally, the 440R is also relatively easy to maintain: all you have to do is keep the pole free from dust and occasionally oil the chain to enjoy a sleek and silent glide.


The one drawback that users reported was related to the assembly process. Several inexperienced customers had some trouble putting the parts together but that was mainly because of the dual training system. Users who are not used to the low pulley station were confused about how to use it at first, an issue that was quickly cleared up thanks to the instructions manual.

Overall Opinion

All in all, this rowing machine is quite a handy investment, particularly for novice users. The best thing about this machine is that it’s extremely versatile and gentle enough for novice users. However, the most powerful resistance setting is intense enough to present more experienced athletes with a really challenging workout. The low pulley station focuses mostly on the arms and waist and can even be used during your warming up-cooling down exercises.

Now it’s important to notice that, while most magnetic resistance rowers are on the pricey side, such as the Avari Programmable, the ProForm 440R is a quite affordable model that still manages to offer a solid frame and quiet, efficient workout.

The ProForm 440R Rower is available on Amazon and protected by a 90 day warranty on the parts and 5 years on the frame.