The BodyCraft VR100 is a mid-priced rowing machine that is suitable for home use. The general consensus is that it is a very well built machine – utilizing aircraft grade materials for the aluminum and steel frame – and is able to offer users a very good workout.
It comes with 6 resistance levels, which although may not be the most you can find in this price range, do a good job of challenging you. Interestingly, the lowest level of resistance – Level 1 – uses air to provide resistance – whereas the remaining 5 use both an air and magnetic resistance system.
This can probably be explained by Bodycraft wanting to reduce the amount of noise the rower generates as you exercise, as air rowers are renown for being the loudest type. Furthermore, due to the combination of air and magnetic resistance, as you row air is blown in your direction to keep you cool, which we feel is a good feature to have to keep you going during a tough workout.
While the resistance and effectiveness of the workout is very important, so is the comfort of your workout, as the last thing you want is a reason to stop exercising. Well thankfully the VR100 meets our expectations (as does the BodyCraft VR500).
The seat is contoured and ergonomically designed, and most importantly, smoothly glides along its precision-bearing rollers to make the rowing experience a comfortable one. The handle, just like the frame, is manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum for durability purposes and is rubber-coated for comfort. Another thing to add is that there is 44 inches of travel from the pedals so to accommodate almost any user, as long as you weigh under 250 pounds that is.
Also, the computer console, which tracks distance, time, calories burned, strokes, and heart rate via an optional chest strap, is adjustable (both the height and angle) so you can easily see key information about your workout as you row. However, we are a little disappointed that there are no pre-programmed workouts to choose from.
The VR100 measures 17 x 22 x 68 inches, folds for easy storage, and is backed by a better than average warranty – lifetime on the frame, one year on all other parts, and 90 days on the labor.
BodyCraft VR100 User Reviews
According to users, the Bodycraft VR100 is “really easy to put together,” and due to its build quality,” looks like it is very durable and will last forever.” The rowing motion is “very smooth” and the machine’s comfort has also been praised, as “the pull is nice and even,” and the “seat slides smoothly on the rails.”
However, while the majority of users have had very good things to say about the VR100, there are a few who haven’t. Complaints range from the effectiveness of the computer console, the foot braces, the resistance, and the noise the fan makes.
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