Durable and portable, the popular Stamina BodyTrac Glider is a very inexpensive rowing machine that fits small spaces. Its key features are oar-like rowing arms, a reliable shock resistance system, and a basic monitor for workout data. This rowing machine is just under 5 feet long and can be made compact for storage. It has a 250-pound weight capacity.
The Stamina BodyTrac Glider sells for just $229 and is one of the best rowing machines using hydraulic resistance. It’s sized to fit most adults and is more durable than other options in its price class. Judging from customer reviews, people tend to be pleased with the resistance. The BodyTrac Glider has 12 resistance levels that are comparable to an estimated two to 50 pounds of force.
Shock resistance has some advantages: it’s quiet, it’s cheap and it requires little space. Typically a disadvantage is that shock resistance breaks down quickly, but the BodyTrac Glider’s system might be an exception. This rowing machine is likely to deliver effective workouts for at least a year, even with daily use.
To ride the Glider you move two oar-like handlebars. These are positioned to the sides as in a rowboat. The tension can be adjusted with a dial, and workout feedback is shown on a simple computer monitor. The machine’s arm bars can be folded inward when workouts are through.
Below are reasons people recommend this product, followed by some possible disadvantages.
- Durable: The standout quality of Stamina’s BodyTrac Glider is its durability. We were very surprised to discover a rowing machine that is so low-priced and uses hydraulic resistance, yet has the potential to last! On comparable products the pistons are known to give out quickly.
- Easy Assembly: Assembly is straightforward. If you are focused, it can take about an hour.
- Fits All Heights: Riders as tall as 6’5″ have written that this machine fits their bodies. It is also comfortable for shorter trainees.
- Unique Arms: Unlike most rowing machines, this unit has oar-like rowing arms instead of a single bar for resistance. Riders get a full range of motion.
- Adjustable Resistance: The resistance is adjustable via a dial on the piston. It supports smooth motion, has a wide range, and operates quietly.
- Data Monitor: The BodyTrac has a computer monitor that displays workout time, stroke count, total count, and calories burned. The fields rotate every six seconds. To save battery power, the monitor automatically shuts off after four minutes of inactivity.
- Strong Frame: The frame is made from steel and has an aluminum beam.
- Compact Size: This rower can hold 250 pounds, yet it is smaller than most. It measures 25” L x 42.5” W x 18.125” H when in use. It can be folded to 18.1” L x 32” W x 58.25” H. It weighs just 39 pounds.
- Floor Protectors: Floor protectors are attached to the BodyTrac Glider so that no floor mat is needed. The floor protectors also help prevent skidding.
- Cordless: Since no power cord is required for the data monitor, this rowing machine can be set up anywhere.
- Price: The low price of $229 makes this one of the cheapest rowing machines on the market.
Here are typical complaints from customer reviews about the Stamina BodyTrac Glider.
- Loose Foot Straps: Many riders have reported that their feet slip out from the footstraps.
- Nylon Bearings: The seat glides on bearings with nylon casings instead of metal casings. These can wear down quickly. The parts are under warranty for 90 days.
- Short Warranty: The Stamina BodyTrac Glider carries an especially short warranty: one year on the frame and 90 days on parts.
The Stamina BodyTrac Glider has earned lots of enthusiastic customer reviews for being a great value and therefor makes our “best” list for it’s price category. It is better than what shoppers expect for the money. In some cases the product breaks down before delivering $229 worth of workouts, but overall it seems worth trying if your workout space and budget are minimal.
Stamina BodyTrac Glider Specifications:
|Weight Capacity:||250 LBS|