LifeSpan RW1000 Folding Rower Review

The folding RW1000 Indoor Rower supports cardiovascular training and low-impact strengthening exercise for the whole body. Designed for shared living spaces, it operates quietly and can be folded up when your workout is through. Resistance on this rower is magnetic. It is divided into five levels and adjustable with a knob. It operates in manual mode only; there are no preset workout programs. For comfort there are padded handlebar grips and swiveling foot pads. Will the LifeSpan rowing ...
5 Total Score
LifeSpan RW1000 Rowing Machine

Comfort
5
Console
5
Stability
4.5
Value
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LifeSpan RW1000 Folding Rower Review
LifeSpan RW1000 Rower Review

The LifeSpan RW1000 Rower is a very low-priced foldable rowing machine for home use. It provides quiet magnetic resistance at levels meant for gentle exercise and weight loss. This rower is low to the ground and has an adjustable seat height of 11” to 14.5”.

The folding RW1000 Indoor Rower supports cardiovascular training and low-impact strengthening exercise for the whole body. Designed for shared living spaces, it operates quietly and can be folded up when your workout is through.

Resistance on this rower is magnetic. It is divided into five levels and adjustable with a knob. It operates in manual mode only; there are no preset workout programs. For comfort there are padded handlebar grips and swiveling foot pads.

Will the LifeSpan rowing machine fit your body? It has a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds and the maximum recommended inseam is 38”. The pedals are not very roomy though, and people with larger shoe sizes have had to stop and re-strap the pedals in the middle of sessions.

Is the RW1000 the best rowing machine for you? Originally this rower cost $699, but LifeSpan now sells it online for $499. Despite the low price it carries a decent warranty; parts are protected for two years and labor is free for a year. Here are some other positives and some negatives to consider.


Positives:
  • Easy Assembly: Most owners report that assembly takes 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Low Seat Height: The seat height is low as in real crew. It’s adjustable from 11″ to 14.5″.
  • Easy-to-Use Console: The console’s monitor is easy to use and includes readouts for distance, time, calories, stroke count and strokes per minute. It uses a single battery, and the whole machine operates without a power cord.
  • Quick Fold: This rower is 87” long but becomes compact for easy storage. No tools are required; just pull a pin, fold the rower, and repin to lock it. You can then roll the machine into position using wheels that pop out from the footpads. The folded dimensions are 34″ L x 19″ W x 64″ H.
  • Long Length: This rower is comfortable for people with inseams up to 38”.
  • Warranty: Even with its new low price, the LifeSpan rower carries a five year frame warranty, a two year parts warranty and a one year labor warranty. That’s above average for a $499 rowing machine.


Negatives:

The LifeSpan RW1000 Rower is an effective cardio trainer, but it doesn’t reproduce the sensation of outdoor rowing; you can’t build momentum. Every stroke is the same. Here are some other possible drawbacks.

  • Light Resistance: The resistance is relatively light, maxing out at 16.5 pounds (7 kg). It could be appropriate for physical therapy or light toning and calorie burn, but not for people with very good upper-body strength.
  • No Programs: It’s handy to have a data monitor. However, it does not provide workout guidance, only feedback. More expensive rowing machines include dozens of workouts.
  • Plastic Parts: This unit contains some plastic parts, as you can see in the product images. There are also some hidden plastic parts, such as the wheels that you glide on. These will wear down more quickly, of course, than metal parts. The point is that the RW1000 isn’t built for heavy use.
  • Small Footholds: Customers with bigger feet have complained that their feet come loose from the pedals, even with the Velcro straps.
  • Machine Moves: In a few customer reviews, there are complaints that with their above-average height, the rowing machine moves across the floor.


Our Conclusion

Customers generally report that the LifeSpan RW1000 Rower is satisfactory for the price. It is best for people who are new to rowing, and it has a very good warranty for a discount rowing machine.

If you have good upper body strength already, or intend to row almost daily, then we recommend choosing a more expensive rowing machine. You’ll get more durability and, in most cases, helpful workout guidance to make the most of each session.

LifeSpan RW1000 Folding Rower Specifications:

Overall Score:5
Resistance:Magnetic
Monitor:Basic
Upright Storage:Yes
Programs:No
Weight Capacity:300 LBS

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