First Degree Evolution Series E520 Fluid Rower
First Degree Evolution Series E-520 Fluid Professional Rower Reviews
The First Degree Fitness Evolution Series E-520 Fluid Professional Rower is a commercial rower that will work exceptionally well in a quality home gym. With a heavy steel frame with a 10 year warranty and 20 resistance levels this rower should not only last the average person for many years, but should be ideal for people of all different fitness levels. It is an ideal low impact machine for those who are looking to increase their fitness, lose weight, and want a machine that is built to last.
The fluid rower E-520 is definitely a comfortable one with it’s advanced heel cradle and well padded comfortable high rowing seat which has an optional back rest. In case you feel uncomfortable with you seating position, even the foot plates are adjustable, so that you can setup your rower according to your physique. With the build in sturdy belt system instead of a chains (being attached to the handle), the oiling maintenance is also not needed. The fluid resistance provides a smooth rowing experience much like you will find when actually rowing on water. And if you are done you can easily fold it to a much smaller dimension (if needed).
While the First Degree Fitness doesn’t come with a dedicated workout program it does come with an oversized computer that shows distance, stroke count, stroke speed, calories burned, and time. It also keeps track of your last 6 workouts and has a USB port, so that you can upload your workouts to your computer.
The First Degree E520 has 20 resistance levels – the highest on the current market. That means, even if you develop your fitness abilities to a very high level, the machine will remain your training gear. You don’t have to buy other – more advanced – equipment.
10 years on frame, 3 years on tank and 2 years on parts
28” X 75” X34”
The E-520 is designed for people weighing 450 pounds or less
Overall ratings and reviews for the E-520 are extraordinarily positive with those who purchased this rower feeling as they they really got their monies worth. Users feel that this machine is fairly easy to assemble as long as you take your time. They really appreciate the heavy duty steel frame and find it to be as solid a frame as there could possibly be. They also like the fact that the resistance is easy to adjust and there are multiple resistance levels to meet their growing fitness levels. Users also find that actually using this machine is smooth and quiet providing a good complete workout.
There aren’t any real complaints for the E-520, but the closest thing to a complaint from some users is the fact that they feel that this machine is not really designed for speed rowing and that the real workout comes from distance rowing over actual speed. Some clients asked me, if the water has to be replaced or what should they do to keep the water “stable”. The statement from First Degree is: that the water actually should remain in the tank. It will be refreshed by special water treatment tablets (2x per year). They are included in the first delivery, so you know them. In very rare cases, where the water has to be replaced (for whatever reason), the water should be sucked-up with a hose. A high level complaint would be, that the heart rate monitor is missing. It’s mostly included in the middle and high price ranges, so why not here? Furthermore the console is easy to read, but the buttons are a little small, as you can see on the picture above.
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The First Degree E-510 rower is a commercial rowing machine with its smooth rowing, is ideally suitable for the home users who wants to engage a long term fitness program, but doesn’t want to keep investing in new exercise equipment every time their fitness levels increase. The missing features are so small, that they rather should be ignored, than being a deal-breaker.