The Stamina 1205 Precision Rower is compact, well-built and offers a lifelike rowing experience. It is a good choice for anyone who is looking to exercise moderately, but experienced rowers will probably want to find a machine that has a bit more to it, such as the Stamina Avari Rower. Having said that, for the price, it is worth a look.
Lifelike Rowing Experience
The Stamina 1205 aims to mimic the low-impact, total body workout that is achieved through rowing on the water. Fortunately, it has succeeded.
With the hydraulic resistance cylinders and a seat that glides smoothly on the deluxe ball-bearings, you can enjoy making smooth, circular motions, similar to actual rowing.
The hydraulic resistance cylinders can be adjusted to a range of tensions, which results in a challenging and varied workout, however fit or unfit you may be. Many people have actually reported that the pistons are stiffer than the ones that can be found on other models, which leads to a very intense, challenging upper body workout.
The Stamina 1205 Precision Rower is perfect for those with limited space for exercise equipment, measuring in at just 32” wide and 48” long. The arms on the side of the rower can also be folded, so even less is taken up when not in use.
The machine weighs just shy of 48 pounds, so you will not have a hard time taking delivery of the machine, or if you plan to frequently move it from one location to another.
Weighing in at 48 pounds, you may think that this rower would have stability issues. We can see where you’re coming from, after all it seems logical, right? However, the Stamina 1205 is stable thanks to the fact that the frame is wide and directly rests on the floor, which adds to the machine’s sturdiness and makes it highly unlikely that it will tip over when in use, let alone rock from side to side.
Well Constructed & Comfortable
The Stamina 1205 frame is made of aluminum and steel, which contributes to the machine’s strength and lightness. Many other parts are made from plastic, such as the wheels on which the seat glides on, as well as the guide rails.
The ergonomically designed seat and the hand grips have been padded with foam to ensure a comfortable rowing experience.
The foot plates are equally comfortable due to using a pivoting motion and being oversized, allowing anyone to find a comfortable fit, regardless of their foot size.
The monitor is easy to read, but perhaps a little plain in its appearance. It provides feedback on the number of calories burned, number of strokes, time you’ve been rowing, the distance you have covered, as well as your speed.
The Stamina 1205 Precision Rower comes with a 5-year frame and 90-day parts warranty.
48 x 32.5 x 27.8 inches
The reviews for the Stamina 1205 have generally been very positive, with users stating that they like the sturdiness, comfort and quietness of the machine when in operation, as well as the smooth rowing motion. However, a few users have complained about the way in which the heart rate monitor works, as well as the difficulty in storing the machine.
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The only things to complain about are minor, but they may be frustrating for some.
You may have a hard time storing the machine, as it does not fold, collapse or stand up vertically. However, you can place the Stamina 1205 under a bed or against the wall as an alternative.
The included heart rate monitor uses the hand grips to obtain a reading, and while this still results in accurate readings, the accuracy can’t compare to the belt-based heart monitors that can be found on more expensive models.
Anything Else You Should Know?
All you need to know is that the Stamina 1205 offers users a high quality rowing experience at an affordable price. While there may be rowers that come equipped with more technological features and offer a more lifelike rowing experience, they certainly don’t come at this price.
If you are a casual rower or just want to lose a bit of weight or stay in shape, you should consider purchasing the Stamina 1205. However, if you are an experienced rower or a fitness fanatic, you may want to opt for a more expensive machine.