Lifespan Rowing Machine Reviews

8 Total Score
Lifespan Rowing Machine Reviews

Customer Service

LifeSpan Fitness is a reputable fitness equipment company serving the US, Canada and the UK. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. They produce a wide variety of fitness machines for homes, clubs and medical centers. LifeSpan’s customer service gets high ratings from our in-house review team and from the vast majority of customers posting reviews online.


LifeSpan makes one model of rowing machine, the magnetic RW1000 Rower. The RW1000 sells for as little as $499 directly from LifeSpan. This is a very basic rowing machine without preset programs, and it’s meant for trainees seeking not-so-strong resistance. There are five tension levels to choose from.

This model can support up to 300 pounds and will accommodate inseams up to 38”. Its seat height is adjustable from 11” to 14.5”.

The Great:
  • Quick Assembly: Assembling the LifeSpan RW1000 typically takes 15 to 30 minutes according to customer reviews.
  • Quiet Operation: Magnetic rowers are popular for home use because they run quietly. When using the RW1000, a person can listen to radio or TV at the normal volume.
  • Easy-to-Use Console: The computer monitor is easy to use. It shows distance, time, calories, stroke count and strokes per minute. It uses a battery so that no power cord is required.
  • Long Length: The LifeSpan rowing machine is sized for people with inseams up to 38”.
  • Quick Fold: The LifeSpan indoor rower is rather long at 87”, but it becomes compact for easy storage. The folded dimensions are 34” L x 19” W x 64” H. Moving the machine is made easy with small attached wheels.
  • Warranty: This product is sold with a generous warranty package despite its low price. It has a five year frame warranty, a two year parts warranty and a one year labor warranty. This is much better than what’s offered with most low-priced rowers. It’s also competitive with the warranty packages on expensive rowing machines. At the same time though, it’s one of the only LifeSpan products that isn’t available with an extended warranty.

The Not-So-Great:
  • Light Resistance: The magnetic resistance on the LifeSpan RW1000 is rather light. As the LifeSpan Fitness website says, this unit is meant for “managing a disease” or just getting gentle exercise for muscle tone and calorie burn. The top resistance level delivers 16.5 pounds of force. In contrast, rowing machines that use water or air for resistance can satisfy any rider’s preferred intensity level. Many other magnetic rowers are more powerful too.
  • No Programs: The RW1000 has a data monitor but lacks preset programs.
  • Plastic Parts: Given the price, it’s not surprising that this rower uses lots of plastic instead of metal. This helps explain why it isn’t available with an extended warranty.
  • Small Footholds: Customers with larger feet have complained that their feet come loose from the pedals. The Velcro straps might need to be reinforced.
  • Machine Moves: In a few customer reviews, larger trainees have complained that the rowing machine moves across the floor when used vigorously. Placing it on a rubber workout mat could help.

Our Conclusion:

LifeSpan’s sole residential rowing machine isn’t as robust as its other equipment, but it provides very good value for people who seek light workouts. It likely has the longest warranty of any rowing machine sold for $499 or less.