First Degree Fitness Apollo PRO Fluid Rower Review

The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower is the lowest priced light commercial water rower from First Degree Fitness (FDF). Made in the USA, it boasts a sleek, attractive steel frame supported by double-lacquered American ashwood. Its water drive provides up to 4.5 gallons of water for resistance. FDF advertises the resistance range as fitting everyone from "deconditioned seniors to competitive athletes." Riders can easily adjust the tension with a Min/Max dial. Indoor rowers using water tanks for ...
8.5 Total Score
First Degree Fitness Apollo PRO Fluid Rowing Machine

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Console
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First Degree Fitness Apollo PRO Fluid Rower Review
First Degree Fitness Apollo PRO Fluid Rower

The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower is an entry level commercial rowing machine from First Degree Fitness. Designed for light commercial settings and busy home gyms, it has a generous warranty and is built to accommodate all skill levels. Specs include a long ashwood and steel frame, a convenient 21” entry height, a wide range of manually adjustable resistance, and a computer console with USB port for expanded functionality.

The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower is the lowest priced light commercial water rower from First Degree Fitness (FDF). Made in the USA, it boasts a sleek, attractive steel frame supported by double-lacquered American ashwood. Its water drive provides up to 4.5 gallons of water for resistance. FDF advertises the resistance range as fitting everyone from “deconditioned seniors to competitive athletes.” Riders can easily adjust the tension with a Min/Max dial.

Indoor rowers using water tanks for resistance very impressively simulate on-water rowing. The stroke cycle feels natural — there are no “dead zones” — and riders enjoy the tranquil sound of splashing water.

Session feedback is provided on the Apollo PRO’s computer monitor. This includes heart rate if a wireless chest strap (not included) is used. The computer has basic programming, including interval training support, and can be used with FDF apps through its USB port. One of the most engaging apps sets the rower in a virtual reality environment for racing against other Internet-connected trainees.

The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower measures approximately 84″ L x 22″ W x 21″ H and has a maximum user weight capacity of 330 pounds. (These data are accurate despite some conflicting information seen on the First Degree Fitness website.) As part of its commercial warranty package, all mechanical parts are guaranteed for two years.


Positives:
  • Variable Water Resistance: The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower is designed to deliver variable water resistance. Its tank can hold up to 17 liters of water, but riders adjust a dial to control how much water is actually used against each stroke.  Trainees get the sight, sound and feel of rowing on a body of water.
  • Higher Seat: To accommodate riders with arthritis or other limitations on movement, the Apollo PRO’s seat is at office chair height (21”).
  • Data and Workout Apps: The computer monitor shows time, distance, 500 meter split time, strokes per minute, calories per hour, watts, interval training and heart rate (with a wireless chest strap, not included). A USB port allows for expanded functionality with workout apps. A popular example is NetAthlon 2 XF, which lets a person train solo or race against other Internet-connected rowers in a 3D virtual reality environment.
  • Wireless Heart Rate: This water rower has a wireless heart rate receiver that’s compatible with standard chest straps.
  • Hardwood: The Apollo PRO is one of few commercial rowing machines with a wooden frame. Ash hardwood is used for its long-term dimensional stability, but it also allows a bit of natural-feeling flex during exercise. This rower is double lacquered for durability in busy health clubs.
  • Easy to Store: The Apollo PRO has transport wheels and can be turned upright for storage.
  • High Capacity: This commercial rower has a maximum user weight capacity of 330 pounds.
  • Good Warranty: The warranty provides five years of protection for the frame, three for the tank, two for mechanical parts and one for wear parts.


Negatives:

 

  • Belt Drive: The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower has a belt drive rather than a chain drive. The belt drive will occasionally require adjusting by the owner. Instructions are provided in the manual.


Our Conclusion

The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower is one of the best entry level water rowers for light commercial settings. We recommend this model to shoppers who appreciate the look of hardwood and who want a lower maintenance full-body fitness machine for virtually any fitness level.

First Degree Fitness Apollo PRO Fluid Rower Specifications:

Overall Score:8.5
Resistance:Manually Adjustable Resistance
Monitor:Computer Monitor
Upright Storage:Yes
Programs:Yes
Weight Capacity:330 LBS

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