LifeCore has only released two rowers to date, the R88 and R100. Like most of the company’s other exercise equipment, the rowers are on the expensive side and are therefore targeted at those who want the best in quality and performance. The rowers have a lot going for them, but do suffer from a couple of minor issues, including a dim LCD display and not very well-designed footrests.
Construction-Quality – There’s no doubt that LifeCore rowing machines are very well-constructed. For example, they are based on an extruded aluminium frame with solid steel support. This results in an impressive user capacity of 300 lbs. on the R88 and an unheard of 600 lbs. on the R100. They can also be used in both residential and commercial settings.
Resistance – The advantage in magnetic-resistance rowers is how the level of resistance can easily be adjusted at the touch of a button, rather than having to add more water to a tank, for example. However, what we like best is how there are many resistance levels to choose from (8 on the R88 and 16 on the R100).
Excellent Reviews – The company’s machines have been met with very positive reviews from both consumers and experts. Take the R100, which was the Winner of the 2013 Head of the Class award from Fitness Professor.
Very Good Warranty – Lifecore machines are backed by lifetime frame warranties, and the parts from 2 to 5 years. Naturally, these terms are reduced somewhat with the rowers being primarily used for commercial use.
Computer Monitor – The computer monitor on the R88 is dimly illuminated which could make things frustrating when trying to read your workout data when rowing in a dimly lit room.
Footrests – There have been reports of the foot rests on the R100 pinching users’ heels.
2575 Pioneer Ave
Vista, CA 92081
Phone: 1 (888) 815-5559
Official Website: www.lifecorefitness.com