“ Rowing Machines „
Like most of the population, I made a New Year's resolution to lose weight and get fit, and being the dedicated fitness guru that I am, I have just got around to embarking on my healthy exercise regime - I know it's June but the intent was there! After much deliberation, I decided that in order to do this properly, I would need a new toy such as a rower because the exercise bike I purchased just after Christmas a few years ago is now being used as a clothes horse.
I did a lot of online research into the different types of rower available on the market and with the price tag at the forefront of my mind, and given my previous track record with exercise equipment and dedication to exercise in general for that matter, I opted for the York R700 rower as the price was pitched in the low-medium bracket.
When it arrived, even though I know very little (my way of saying nothing) about fitness equipment, I was very pleased as it looked like a good, solid piece of equipment - ideal for supporting my not so sylph-like figure.
The rower itself is quite heavy (28kg), of good construction and when fully extended has quite a big footprint (L178 x W48 x H62cm). The aluminium track is retractable for compact storage (L125 x W48 x H62cm) and takes seconds to fold.
The rower comes equipped with a decent sized, comfortable contoured seat, which slides smoothly along the aluminium track with each pull. The length of the track can be adjusted quickly and easily to accommodate the height of the user.
A combination of air and magnetic braking offer 8 dial adjustable levels of resistance providing a long, smooth rowing action suitable for all strengths and abilities.
The rowing handle height is also quick and simple to adjust in order to achieve the most comfortable rowing position for the user.
The rower is also equipped with heavy duty, non-slip pivoting footplates with adjustable foot straps providing secure comfort when the machine is in use.
Above the rower handle is a multi-functional computer LCD display which indicates distance, time, time/500m, calories and stroke index. My only criticism of this display is that when you are rowing it is difficult to read, a red LED display would be much clearer.
Overall I am delighted with the quality and performance of this rower as it is substantial, functional and easy to use. I also like the fact that when in use it is quite quiet and doesn't shuffle around the floor like some I have tried in the past. I have used the rower daily, which for me is a small miracle, and I haven't encountered any problems, apart from the fact that it leaves me absolutely shattered!
With a combination of magnets and air as resistance - together with an aluminium seat track, the R700 offers an ultra smooth rowing action.