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Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine

Sunny Rowing Machine
Sunny Rowing Machine
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Hydraulic53 x 20 x 2223 lbs220 lbs1 year frame
90 days parts

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One of the most affordable, albeit decent quality fitness equipment on the market, the Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine presents a variety of features which are designed to target problem areas while helping you fight any unruly bulges or lumps to give you a perfectly sculpted body.

sunny rowerShaped to provide a full-body workout, this machine has been shown to produce a deficit of 400 calories per hour on low resistance. Athletes who indulge in longer and more intense workouts may even expect to lose a whopping 800 calories per hour. While this is an extremely basic machine which can be more suited to novices than veteran athletes, it has been designed to boost the user’s metabolism and stamina.

In the same price-range than this rower you will also find the Body Trac Glider, as well as the newer model Stamina InMotion.

One of the leading suppliers of fitness equipment, Sunny Health and Fitness prides itself on providing some of the most requested and budget-friendly items in the Fitness niche. A definite favorite among health gurus, training bases and gyms, this company provides a plethora of other products including strength and resistance training equipment, steppers, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, treadmills and many more. Most of their products are also equipped for heavy duty use and can sustain quite a fair amount of wear and tear.

Product Specifications

  • Model Number: SF-RW1205
  • Product Dimensions: 53.2 x 20 x 21.5”
  • Resistance levels: 12
  • Resistance type: Hydraulic
  • Materials used: Plastic and Steel
  • Maximum user capacity: 220lbs
  • Pulse Monitor: No
  • Footplates: Pivoting
  • Machine weight: 23lbs

Assembly and Parts

Contrary to other gym equipment, this model comes nearly fully assembled, which makes things quite easy for novice users. Indeed, just a few parts were disassembled and all the required tools were included in the boxed packaging, which is why I only needed around 15 minutes to put it together.

Product Features

While this model only limits itself to basic features, it remains extremely comfortable to use. It features a hydraulic resistance which is best suited to inexperienced users. This sort of resistance draws energy from every single muscle in the body which speeds up the fat-blasting process without straining the joints. This type of resistance is also recommended to build strength and muscle in the back, shoulders and biceps.

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Users have a choice of up to 12 resistance levels that yield complete control over training. This particular option makes it easy for novice users to gradually increase their stamina and prepare their muscles for more challenging workouts. Personally, I was extremely appreciative of the easy-to-handle resistance knob which can easily be adjusted without pausing or interrupting the workout.

The rower also comes with an easy to read electronic console which keeps track of several fitness-related data such as speed, distance covered, time, calories burned and total stroke count.

Comfort and Ease of Use

This rower is quite comfortable for its low price. Indeed, in spite of my lengthy and rather intense training sessions, I never faced any of the usual burns, aches or blisters which normally follow rowing workouts. Quite on the contrary, this machine comes with a thickly padded foam seat which easily molds itself to your body, and makes your rowing a more enjoyable activity.

Another common issue with rowers are the rubbery handles that can result in blisters in the long run. This is fortunately not a problem with this particular machine since handle is textured and thickly padded to protect the user’s fingers from any soreness or callouses. Ultimately, the ergonomic handle can act as quite a motivating factor to encourage athletes to push beyond their regular boundaries and burn more calories.

The foot straps are fully adjustable and designed to fit various shoe sizes. The footplates also pivot, which allows some freedom of movement while providing extra comfort. As far as storage goes, this machine is so light that users can very easily carry it from room to room and store it to their convenience. Thanks to its compact size, the machine has a very small footprint but, if you’re really short on space, you can also set it upright against a wall or any other solid surface.


A few users did deplore the lack of pulse monitor on this machine, something which can be quite detrimental to cardiovascular patients. The maximum capacity of 220 lbs can be quite a problem for overweight or obese users. Another drawback that was reported by users was the mild whining noise which the machine occasionally emitted.

A basic albeit reliable piece of gym equipment for new users

In spite of a few minor drawbacks, this machine remains quite a recommended buy, particularly because of its ease of use and comfort. Experienced users, on the other hand, might be more satisfied with a more advanced model that can offer more challenging workouts, though for a higher price, such as the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000, which is a very popular machine as well as the Sunny.

While this rower is on the light side, it still can still withstand more intense workouts while providing sleek and somewhat realistic rowing motions. The twelve resistance settings have also been conceived to help you gradually build up your stamina, hence preparing your body for more challenging workouts in the future. According to fitness experts, rowing will also help to enhance the metabolism, hence encouraging your body to burn fat and excess calories even when you’re not actually on the machine.

Made from steel and plastic, the Sunny Health and Fitness rower is readily available both on Amazon and on the Sunny Fitness website. It is protected by a solid manufacturer’s warranty of 90 days on the parts and 1 year on the frame.