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WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine Review

 

WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine Review
WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine Review

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WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine Review

The WaterRower A1 is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and well constructed rowers on the market, and has even won industry accolades for its design and has been exhibited at London’s Museum of Design.

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It is unique in the way that it is designed with Ash wood treated in a clear Danish Oil, with the reason being that it has the ability to absorb sound and vibration, enhancing a user’s workout experience. Which is something we would have a hard time disagreeing with.

One of the real strengths of the A1 is its smooth, lifelike rowing motion, which is down to the rower’s patented WaterFlyWheel. The WaterFlyWheel consists of two paddles in an enclosed tank of water, designed to emulate the exact dynamics of a boat moving across the water. This includes the wave-like sound of rowing, and has the added benefit of extending the lifetime of the machine, as there are no moving parts that can wear out over time.

Due to the way in which the A1 has been designed, namely its WaterFlywheel, there is no adjustable resistance. Instead, you determine the amount of resistance in one of two ways. Furthermore, due to the unique geometry of the A1, rowing with the correct technique becomes involuntary, even for complete beginners.

As with real rowing, paddle faster and there is more drag, resulting in a more challenging workout. Add more water to the tank and the resistance also increases. Therefore, the A1 is considered to use a self-regulating resistance system.

The WaterRower A1 monitor is a simplified version of WaterRower’s S4 Monitors. Therefore, while it keeps the same easy QuickStart of most functions, there is unfortunately no heart rate monitor, PC interface, interval training, zone workout and no advanced functions, which is the one thing that lets the A1 down, in our opinion.

However, you are still provided with a wide range of feedback, including intensity in m/s, mph, /500m, /2km, watts and calories per hour, in addition to strokerate, distance, total strokes, heart rate (with optional heart rate attachment), and duration.

The A1 is backed by a 5-year frame and 3-year parts warranty, requires no external power cord to function, allowing you to work out wherever you want, and features a compact footprint for ease of storage.

WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine Review by Users:

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Users have had plenty of positives to say about the A1. For example, the A1 “performs flawlessly” and provides a “strenuous” workout. It is “smooth” and “quiet” in operation and is even quiet enough to be used while watching TV. Other advantages consist of its sturdiness, compactness and ease of portability.

The only complaint users have is that the assembly process is a bit challenging, particularly as the “instructions do not identify all of the parts they refer to,” as one user puts it.

The only complaint users have is that the assembly process is a bit challenging, particularly as the “instructions do not identify all of the parts they refer to,” as one user puts it.

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WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine Review