All in one workout...
Bought it... picked it up... hubby put it together and it didn’t take all day to do either. Great all in one workout. Works smoothly and quietly. It even entertains our dogs while their watching the water swoosh around and around.
Purchased in July 2019 at Rebel Sport.
Water Rower Classic - Closest Feeling to Rowing on Water Without Leaving Your Home
This is a review of the Water Rower "Classic" which is almost identical to the Water Rower "Oxbridge" in every way, except that it is made of black walnut which is a much darker wood compared to the red-brown finish of the cherry ash wood used in the Oxbridge model.
This review is not intended to compare the pros and cons of water rowers vs other rowing machines on the market i.e. air, magnetic and hydraulic. There are plenty of reviews on the internet for this.
When I was looking for a rowing machine for my personal use and home, I had ...five criteria : (1) mimic outdoor rowing as much as possible (2) easy to use and store (3) low noise levels (4) durable and (5) look good inside the home. On all these criteria, the Classic does not disappoint. But is does come at a price, literally. The Water Rower Classic is a pleasure to use and look at. The water rower uses water to create resistance and comes with a large transparent water tank with paddles that spin through the water as you take each rowing stroke. The seat/track as you slide up and down the machine is quiet and smooth. The handle is covered in foam and each rowing stroke is also smooth and quiet as the handle runs through a series of webbing straps and pulleys to the paddled in the tank. As the paddles turn, they creates a pleasant swirling and swishing sound. you can almost feel the paddles touching the water at the catch (start of the stroke). The sounds generated by the water is quite audible but quieter than an air rower but nosier than a magnetic rower. Water resistance is variable which means that the more intense you row, the more resistance the paddles in the water creates. Water also has natural drag so the paddles slow down quickly between strokes but replicates the feel of rowing on water quite well. All in all, the rowing mechanism of paddles/water, straps/pulleys combined with the smooth seat/track allows for a quiet and smooth action. Upon delivery, the kit arrived in two boxes and required some assembly. A detailed manual is provided with clear instructions and should take no more than 1/2 hour to complete. An allen key is provided and the only tool I needed was a spanner (to tighten the dolly wheels). The rower comes with two dolly wheels at the front of the rower, near the water tank that enables the Water Rower to be easily wheeled about and stored upright to save space when not in use. The Water Rower is more expensive than many other rowers on the market, but with its all-black walnut timber construction, it looks more like an ecletic piece of furniture rather than an exercise machine.
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