Life Fitness Row HX Trainer Rower Review

The Row HX by Life Fitness blends the benefits of contemporary technology with the attractiveness of a modern design by offering a tempered steel frame with the “rustic” modern look of a natural wood design. This rower is the second machine by Life Fitness, offered at a lower price point than the Row GX and offering a more “entry-level” approach to water resistance rowing. Like the Row GX, this distinctive rower uses the power of Fluid Technology Resistance to create as smooth, natural feel. ...
8.25 Total Score
Life Fitness Row HX Trainer Rowing Machine

Attractive and easy to use, with a unique Fluid Resistance system for an exceptional rowing experience

Comfort
9
Value
8
Quality
9
Features
7
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Life Fitness Row HX Trainer Rower Review
Life Fitness Row HX Trainer Rower Review

Smooth, natural, and consistent, the Life Fitness Row HX promises to mimic the true passion of rowing with this brand new model that retails for $1699. With an attractive “rustic” design and unique water resistance system, it’s the perfect rower for your toughest of at-home workouts.

The Row HX by Life Fitness blends the benefits of contemporary technology with the attractiveness of a modern design by offering a tempered steel frame with the “rustic” modern look of a natural wood design. This rower is the second machine by Life Fitness, offered at a lower price point than the Row GX and offering a more “entry-level” approach to water resistance rowing.

Like the Row GX, this distinctive rower uses the power of Fluid Technology Resistance to create as smooth, natural feel. The turn-dial resistance option doesn’t require you to change the water levels to add challenge to your workout, and you have 4 resistance levels to choose from. Unlike the Row GX, the HX is designed with ergonomic angled handles with an extra-wide grip, and a 2 piece rail system.

You won’t find workout programs or an impressive display on this rower, but you will however find durability and consistency with this brand new, unique rower from Life Fitness.



Positives:
  • Folding Frame Design: Equipped with a vertically folding frame design, this rower can fold up for easy storage. When folded, it’s less than 7 feet tall.
  • Price: Water resistance rowers are always going to be on the pricier side, but it’s great that Life Fitness has added this rower model to their series to offer customers a more “basic” and affordable option.
  • Appearance: The natural wood frame is quite attractive! Most rowers have brushed nickel or silver frames, but the HX has a vintage look that will catch your eye.
  • Resistance Controls: You only have 4 resistance levels to choose from, but the fact that you can choose specific levels of resistance on a water resistance trainer is a positive!
  • Smooth Operation: Fluid Resistance Technology creates a smooth and natural feel, biomechanically designed to recreate the actual feel of rowing on the water.
  • Adjustable: You can adjust the footboard and foot straps as needed.
  • Stability: Many people feel more secure on a 2 piece rail design where the sliding seat sits on two rails versus one. It also sits much lower to the ground, which can add to the stability of the rower.
  • Easy to Move: The Row HX is pretty compact at just 84” long, and it’s just under 71 pounds without water, 108 pounds with water. This rower also comes with transport wheels.


Negatives:
  • Narrower: The foot pedals share one footboard, very close together with no rail between them as with a single rail system. This 2 rail system is preferred by some, but it will give you a narrower design that might not be the best fit for larger people.
  • Lower Seat: You’ll sit just 11 inches off of the ground with this rower. For some people, that’s no big deal but for others it’s going to be more challenging to get on and off of the rower.
  • Warranty: Warning: it’s not too impressive. Life Fitness offers 5 years coverage on the frame (which isn’t terrible….but), 2 years on parts and 1 year on labor.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: While an optional tracking package is available (includes a receiver and chest strap), these options are not included with the price of the machine, meaning that there’s no way to monitor your heart rate unless you have your own device or purchase this tracking package.
  • Program Options: There are no workout programs built into this console. Some people don’t care anything about programs to follow, but this is a perk, especially for beginners.
  • Display Screen: Like the GX model, the dimensions of the display screen are not given, but it’s small. It’s not very easy to read, but it does give you the basic workout readouts.


Our Conclusion

Be on the lookout for this brand new model! The Life Fitness Row HX offers a low-impact, total-body workout that allows you to enjoy the experience of rowing in the water, with 4 resistance levels. Overall, it’s really a great middle of the road (price-wise) rower. Water resistance rowers are highly popular and costly, but the Row HX isn’t too expensive at just over $1500. The attractive design, steel frame construction, and folding frame make it an all-around an exceptional in-home rower.