|The LifeSpan RW1000 is in the middle price range. It’s neither a business model nor top-of-the-line – which, in our opinion, makes it difficult to judge the rower. If you have a budget, we cannot recommend this model. For about $180 less, you can get a car that’s pretty good – see, for example, the Stamina Air Rower. But if you are a serious rower with money to spend, you are much better off with Concept2.
What if you’re in the middle? Let’s start on the sunny side. This oar is quiet – even if you increase speed and resistance. So if you want to use it in an apartment or a house where you don’t want to disturb your family, or if you want to watch TV while rowing, this is a good choice. It is also smooth and easy to use. The seat is comfortable even when stored for 30 minutes or more, and can be folded into a compact size for storage when not in use.
It is a fairly robust device that supports users weighing up to 300 pounds. However, some of our surveyors noticed that the rowing machine moved a little, and we applied this to their rowing technique. With a soft technique she feels good. But if you shake the handles a little or don’t pull them horizontally, they seem to move.
Okay, that’s good. And why not less good. Your legs don’t keep well, and if you have more legs, you’ll find they don’t keep as well as they should. We have noticed that people with long legs tend to loosen their leg straps. It’s a real pain when you’re in the middle of a tough session. You can’t row if your leg is loose, so you have to stop, tie your legs and start over.
The drive chain is a fabric chain and although it can contribute to quiet operation, it wears out and sometimes needs to be replaced.
In our opinion, the biggest problem with the RW1000 is the display of the data – see below. Although the accuracy of the data is not a problem for many (after all, it doesn’t stop you from getting a good workout), we think you can expect more from a device that costs so much.
If you can’t use it more than three times a week and your budget is limited, this could be a good buy for you.
Lifespan RW1000: Rating
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I think you could say it’s functional, but not very inspiring. It has a good action and I used it most of the time, but my partner had to fight with his big legs. Jody (user for 8 months)
I really wanted the Concept2, but I couldn’t afford it, so I chose the RW1000 on my friend’s recommendation. I paid just over $400, which is almost half the price of the Concept, so I expected half the rower :0). And this is what I’ve got. I use it 4 or 5 times a week and I have confidence in it, but I feel I can handle a little more resistance because the higher level doesn’t seem difficult enough. Zack (user for 5 months)
Huge value! My wife and I use it every day for about 30 minutes and we train well. We’ve had them for just over six months, and so far we haven’t had any problems, and we’re happy with our choice. Robert F. (6 months)
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