I have tried to compile the most frequently asked questions about rowing machines that I have come across over the past few years.
Click on a question to see the answer below.
If you have a question you would like answered please add it to the comment section at the bottom of the page!
I am looking at the Bladez Transom rowing machine and do not see where you have reviewed this brand/model. What do you think?
I essentially am getting it at no cost. What are the downside features? I didn’t see many bad reviews.
Thank you very much for your time. The reviews do sound concerning. I have one more question, if you will indulge me! :-) I know cost is always a consideration and the LifeSpan RW1000 is a less expensive rower. However, from your experience, is this better quality and a safer bet than the Bladez? There will be essentially two users of the rowing machine so need something durable. While just starting out in terms of rowing machines as a form of exercise, we are fit and so are looking for a solid machine to workout and challenge us for the long term. What we liked about the Bladez is that is electronic and air resistance which I understand is important for a good workout. The Lifespan seems good but not sure it will provide a solid workout. Welcome your thoughts -thank you for your time.
Didn’t answer your question sorry- I can get the bladez through a work recognition program. So it will cost me but not money. Just points that I have accrued so still want to be sure I am getting a good thing for the work effort put in to get the points. I can also get the lifespan thus my question. Thanks again- you are a great resource!
Looking into return policy. I lied- one more question! ;-)
If we are beginners, which we are, would we notice the lack of resistance in the Lifespan over time with continued use? I know air resistance is best- just don’t know if as beginners, we would know the difference in a machine to take a chance with the Bladez.
I am looking into getting a rower for an alternative work out to add with running. I am currently deciding on whether to get the Stamina Air rower or the Velocity Magnetic rower (there is a person in my area selling one for $350 because they don’t use it). Both seem like a great pick. I am leaning towards the Stamina more though because of the air resistance. I like that it allows the user to create their own resistance based on how hard the person rows. Because I will be a beginner and I see you are an experienced rower and have tested both machines, which one would you choose and which do you think would last longer and provide a better workout?
Thanks for any advice you can provide!
Hey Edwin, Great website — we thought you might be interested in what we are doing over here at LiveRowing. We are building an app for the Conpcet2 machine to allow users to compete, track & analyze their workouts. Kind of like Strava, RunKeeper or MapMyFitness but for indoor rowing. Check out our page at http://www.liverowing.net
Here is an article TechCrunch did on us — http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/06/rowrowrowyourboat/
If you have any question email or call.
I was given a Bladez Transom rower for Christmas that my family received on close out from a local sporting good store. I believe they paid less than $300 for it I CrossFit and therefore love Concept2 but given the circumstances am hoping all the negative reviews are wrong. I’m just hoping to burn calories when I can’t get into a gym and don’t care quite as much about tracking fitness and profess because I can do that during rowing workouts at my CrossFit box. Keeping fingers crossed. If I sweat and if the rower keeps rowing I’ll be happy.
I have one of these machines and have been very pleased with it. I have a problem inasmuch as I get the E1 error which indicates a “motor” fault.The computer screen is stuck on “manual No3” setting and any alteration to that sends the “E1” error onto the screen.
So, my query is :- Where in the UK can I get spares and advice for this machine please.
Good Morning. I am looking to purchase the stamina air rower for it’s great reviews and budget friendly cost. My only concern is the lack of damper setting. I’m not one of those guys who has to put it all the way up to 10 as I found my best workouts came when I was at 3-5. Is there a way to DIY a damper setting, or maybe a way to row to get close to mimicking a setting of 3-5?
I am looking for a recumbent cycle/rower in Australia. Are you aware of anything available in Australia?
The piston/shock squeek is very loud. How can it be lubricated?
Love your site, unfortunately my rower isn’t covered anywhere. I use Northern Lights ARC-102 … I guess it is a poor man’s Concept2 model D …
I am new to rowing (owned a machine for 10 days, using it for 6). I read your article mentioning the advantages/benefits of 15,30, and 60-90 minute workouts. I am currently closing in on 30 (last night I was up to 28 minutes and 603 reps). My intent is to use my rower along with an elliptical, stationary bike, and occasional biking, hiking, and Nordic Walking.
My question today, is whether there is any value in the approach to a rower of counting reps minutes? Would it be reasonable to say to yourself “30 minutes or 700 reps, whichever comes first”? Is that an okay approach, or are there problems with it?
What are you thoughts on Water Rower Club v. Matrix Rower?
Great site and loving reading through the comments! Ive narrowed it down to a machine in each category ie air, magnetic and an air/magnetic combo….im still having a hard time making the decision about wjat wud be bwst for me…beginner rower and its for my home gym. I was going to buy the concept D today but realised it is air and was told air/magentic combo would be better. Thoughts/ opinions
I am convinced I will get the concept 2 model D. However, I am trying to stay on budget. I am a beginner user. With the quality and reference to durability, is there any reason I should not consider buying used? I see “like new” offered for $500 from highly rated seller. Thanks for your work on this site. It has been extremely helpful!
what are some good magnetic rowing machines for short people?
I have a Life Fitness rower and would like to purchase a seat pad. Will the Rowing Machine King pad work on the Life Fitness seat. If so, how do I order it?
In our retirement community fitness center, people have trouble getting down and up from the rowing machine seat. Are there machines available that are elevated, and are there platforms made for existing machines that raise them 6-8″.
I’m a regular Crossfitter and love the Concept 2. Want something for me and my wife to use at home but don’t want to drop over $1000 as we still will do most of our rowing at the gym.
I can get an ARC 102 Air Rower for $450 second hand. Says it’s about $1000 new and looks to be pretty sturdy. I’m 6’1” 200lbs and a very strong rower. My wife is 5’4” and newer to rowing. She will be the one using it most of the time.
Any reason I shouldn’t get this?
Thanks for your input.
My understanding is to increase resistance, you row faster, then why are there settings on rowing machines.
Water rower add/remove water
Concept D change fan setting 1-10
Magnetic turn a knob
I have the Obsidian water rower
Have you done a review on any BH products? I’m looking at this one:
I purchased a Waterrower three weeks ago. My son-in-law had purchased a Concept 2 which I tried but preferred the “action” of the Waterrower. My big problem is that after 2 minutes my quads were quite sore. I felt like such a wimp!
I’m 65 and have had a rather sedentary winter. Love the machine and have tried to workout 2 or 3 times a day but still no stamina.
Do I need to man up and drive harder/longer or just keep increasing time and effort?
Can you please help me with my query? I have a 2 year old Roger Black rowing machine. Its been in storage for year and I went to use it today and it started fine but 1 minute later the E1 error message displayed with a beeping sound. I’ve tried keeping it switched off for a while but the problem is still there. Any help would be much appreciated.
Hey Edwin, wanted to say THANK YOU for the great work you’ve done putting all this together on your website!
I want to buy the Concept 2 model D. “Prime Day” on Amazon is coming on July 15 (in two weeks) – do you think there’s a reason for me to wait till then before buying? Have you ever seen the Concept machines getting discounted on “Prime Day”, from your experience?
HI, i have an old rowing machine with shock absorbent ,unfortunately one of them stop working , can i replace it with a car shock absorbent ? no one sell like the same one ,i need your help please……
Have you had any experience with the Horizon Fitness Oxford 3 or Oxford 6 magnetic rowers? I see they have a user weight capacity of 350 pounds. I am having trouble finding reviews.
Who are you? This is really well done.
Hello… I completed the concierge form, but have had no response by mail or in my spam… Please can you advise whether you received my request and resend the information
I have a Roger Black rowing machine and I have never known a thing was so hard to find anywhere I can get one little chain link for mine, it is unbelievable that know one knows where you can get this part, that runs the whole merchine, any help is appropriated?????
Just wondering if I can keep a rowing machine outside if it is covered? I don’t want it to get ruined by being outdoors, but not sure how delicate the mechanism is.
Arc-102 any good?
I’ve been rowing 30 minutes a day about 620 reps. I’m 67 and BMI of 29. Is this to slow to reap any health benefits?
Hey I have the northern lights arc 102, I was wondering how you would compare this to the concept 2 from what you know? Specifically the resistance, I’m an athlete so I use the concept 2 as a training and testing metric and I wondered if you’ve heard of a resource that compares the concept 2 drag factor setting to the arc 102 resistance levels?
I am looking to buy a rowing machine. Wanted to go with Concept 2 RowErg after reading articles on your website and other reviews also. Then I saw Proform 750r which is on sale for $600 and Proform Pro R10 Rower which is on sale for $999. The monitor on R10 rower has got a large display. Wondering if you had a chance to check on these models. Any advice on this appreciated.
Hello. What are your thoughts on the Teeter Power 10 Elliptical Rower? Do you think I would be better off with just a rower? I’m 63, about 5’9″ and 250 lbs. I just recently had a laminectomy and need to get myself in better shape/condition. any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated.
I read that Atlantic rowers row with nothing on to avoid skin chafing. Is that because of the salt water? Am wondering about the same (at home of course!) to try to do the same and avoid excema in delicate areas …
I started rowing about 40 years ago and I am still rowing almost daily at almost 82 and l have worn out at least 4 machines and my favorite was a Precor 615 E. At this time I live in Puerto Vallarta, MX for 6 months of the year and here I have a Lanos rower and the rollers under the seat are making noise and I want to replace the seat or just the piece under the seat with the rollers. I need to know how to get in touch with Lanos rowers . Do you know an address for the company or even a phone number?
How do you get rid of an E1 error code on a Stamina 1130? Not in the manual or on stamina’s website. I have tried unplugging and replugging the machine, the error code comes back.
@Dena @Mohammed Did you get this resolved?
@Dena Did you contact Stamina?
Im in the UK & after painstakingly searching online, Ive found that the Roger Black/ Argos 607/8074
YR-3140BXE1A magnetic rower is identical to the Stamina 1130 (except the Stamina 1130 has the heart rate monitor feature, which requires the heart rate band)
The Roger Black version has the identical ‘E1’ error on the display & constantly beeps. Ive searched online & the E1 error on these rowing machines could be anything from the computer EEPROM corrupt, to wires becoming worn, to the speed sensor & even motor failure. Mohammed from a few posts above has exactly the same issue.
If I could find the correct replacement parts I would attempt to repair it myself. I opened up the unit & didnt find any loose connectors
Could you write an article comparing different smart rowers with the workouts on the screen? For example the Ergatta vs the hydrow? I couldn’t find a review of the Ergatta anywhere on your site. Thanks!
Hi, I am looking to buy an XM Fitness Rowing machine secondhand. It is going for 750 CAD while the concept 2s are going for 1200 CAD. There is someone who is offering a North Light ARC-102 Air Rower for 750 CAD as well. Is that a good decision? Would you suggest going for the Concept 2. I am new to rowing but intend to use the machine 5-6 times a week. Thank you so much
After some research… Here are the models that are similar to the discontinued Argos/Roger Black magnetic rower:
Hammer PRO FORCE (Hammer fitness UK)
(I think Hammer fitness Germany sell two versions)
TOORX ROWER ACTIVE PRO (Italy)
STAMINA 1130 (USA /Canada)
JTX fitness SURGE (UK)
I wish I could find the China/Taiwan manufacturer to be able to get the spare parts at low cost.
If I could attach photos here I could give possible solutions that Ive found after hours of trying.