WaterRower Natural in Ash Wood Review
Many rowing enthusiasts are making the change from air-based rowers to water. They say that it connects them with the feeling of rowing a boat on a lake, a river or on calm ocean waters. When you choose the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine, you are purchasing a top-quality, complete exercise unit for achieving and maintaining excellent health. This unique model is skilfully handcrafted from Appalachian sourced wood with a smooth finish of Danish oil. Ash wood is a superior quality hardwood, remarkably durable and attractive. Its capacity to absorb both sound and vibration makes this modern rower exceedingly quiet in operation. Regular users report that the practical and convenient S4 Monitor provides fast, efficient startup, aiding smooth functionality from beginning to end of each exercise session. Just push the start button and row away.
This monitor also houses advanced functions. It visually registers rowing intensity in meters per second and miles per hour. It also indicates time per 500 meters (500 m) and time per 2 kilometers (2 km) as well as watts and even Kcalories per hour. Also visible on this monitor are heartrate (requiring a separate attachment) and stroke rate. You can check your rowing distance in meters, kilometers and miles or view your total strokes calculation and exercise time. The action of this rower’s WaterFlywheel erases the mechanized quality of rower designs based on air resistance. Utilizing a paddle immersed in its water chamber, the WaterRower model provides a sense of natural fluidity between water and exerciser.
History of WaterRower Inc
WaterRower Inc has an interesting company history. The company was started in 1988 by John Duke in Rhode Island. Duke was a member of the US National and Yale rowing teams. In 1991, WaterRower (UK) Ltd was founded as a marketing and distribution company for the WaterRower product in Europe. Later, in 1993, the company was granted manufacturing rights for this innovative rower for the European market. Currently, they have 11 different international offices and more than 70 employees. Today, the Americas Headquarters is still located in Warren, RI, a charming town on the coast, and all rower manufacturing is done there.
Specifications and Features
This unique machine is both very attractive and highly functional. Its operational water chamber connects its users directly to nature and the sport of rowing on a body of water while they exercise at home.
Dimensions are as follows:
• When in Use: Length – 82.25 in / 209 cm, Width – 22.25 in / 57 cm, Height – 20 in / 51 cm.
• When Stored: Depth – 20 in / 51 cm, Width – 22.25 in / 57 cm, Height – 82.25 in / 209 cm.
• Rower Weight: 66.5 lbs / 30.5 kg (dry), 103.5 lb / 47 kg (17 l. of water).
This rower’s special WaterFlywheel cups moving water with use of a paddle, producing the closest action to actually rowing in a boat on water that has been achieved by designers today. The “rule of cubes” controls the ratio of resistance and speed of this exerciser. The resulting relationship is that doubling the rowing speed necessitates a boost of eight times more power.
The S4 Monitor includes such features as the QuickStart and QuickSelect buttons to eliminate any wasted time at the beginning of rowing sessions. Another helpful item is the AutoStore feature designed to store the last 9 rowing session settings automatically. There is also a handy PC interface for linking the monitor to a PC, providing access to a huge selection of open source or third party software.
Advantages and Benefits
Many users give this model superior ratings for sturdy construction and durability that support a strenuous, but comfortable and beneficial workout. They also like the fact that the frame is long enough for easy use by tall users. The sound of rushing natural water is attractive to most exercisers. Users also enjoy the smooth ride and comfortable seat. In addition, after workouts, users can easily position the rower upright and roll it into a convenient storage space.
Some people using this rower report that the footrests can catch shoes with wide heels when the machine is in use. Another mild complaint is that the computerized monitor is somewhat basic and could use a backlight. Some users also report that the arm pull motion is not always smooth throughout a rowing session.
The general consensus is that although the WaterRower has some minor disadvantages, overall it is a top-tier rower well worth its price. Its unique natural design, durability, strenuous yet safe workout, complex monitor and easy storage aspect make it a popular, health-promoting exercise machine for rowers of varied sizes and ages. It provides an excellent cardiovascular workout plus great overall body exercise.
Fantastic quality, great design and worth the money.