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Lifecore R88 Review

Lifecore R88 Rowing Machine Review
Lifecore R88 Rowing Machine Review

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Lifecore R88 Rowing Machine Review

The Lifecore R88 Rower is the company’s most inexpensive model of rower, but the quality of the machine does not suffer.

For several hundred dollars less, you are getting a machine that uses the same drive system and frame as the R99; what you aren’t getting, however, is the range of technological features that can be found on Lifecore’s more expensive models, such as electronic workout programs and more resistance settings.


The Lifecore R88 comes with 8 levels of resistance (although for some reason many retailers state 6 levels of resistance) which do a good job of challenging you and adding variety to your workout, so you can row at a level that is in line with your goals.

If you have been having a hard time choosing between a rower that has a magnetic or air resistance system, you will be pleased to hear that the R88 uses a combination of both to deliver a smooth yet challenging workout.

It is also worth noting that there is no need to fiddle with adjustment knobs to change the level of resistance, as it is controlled electronically via the computer monitor.

Construction Quality

There is nothing more annoying than having happily used a piece of fitness equipment for months or even years, only to discover that it breaks soon after the warranty has expired.

Fortunately, the chances of this happening with the Lifecore R88 Rower are very slim thanks to it being based on an extruded aluminum frame with solid steel support. Furthermore, due to the construction quality, a maximum user weight capacity of 300 pounds can be supported.


The R88 has been ergonomically designed to provide a smooth, fluid rowing motion that does not put unnecessary strain on your joints as you work out. The seat and rowing handle feature plenty of padding to ensure a comfortable workout, and the large foot beds securely fasten your feet, while giving you enough freedom to move your heels, which results in a more natural rowing motion.


If you don’t have a lot of space to dedicate towards exercise equipment, the R88 should fit the bill thanks to its simple folding design. All you have to do is turn and pull the lock pin out, so the Lifecore R88 can be folded and kept out of the way. Note that you need a space of 16 x 24 inches to fit the R88 when folded.

Other Features

Other features include an adjustable cooling air vent to provide you with relief during a tough workout; race programs and a recovery program that works with a heart rate chest strap (not included); and a large LCD computer display that provides you with feedback as you row, such as on calories, strokes, speed, time and so on.


The Lifecore R88 comes with a lifetime frame, 2-year parts and 90-day parts warranty.


53 x 24 x 33 inches

max. user weight = 300 pounds

products weights 78 pounds

Lifecore R88 Rowing Machine Review by Users

Users have praised the R88’s construction quality, ease of use, smooth rowing motion and range of resistance settings. However, a couple of users have found an issue with the computer’s display.

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Any Complaints?

There is little to complain about, however, the monitor seems to be dimly illuminated, so make sure that you row in a room that is well-lit. Additionally, the fan can be a little on the noisy side when you are pushing yourself to the limit, although this shouldn’t pose too much of a problem if you like to watch TV or listen to music as you row.

Anything Else You Should Know?

All you need to know is, as mentioned, the Lifecore R88 is the cheapest of Lifecore’s rowers, but that doesn’t mean that it suffers from a lack of quality. On the contrary, it has been designed and engineered in the same manner as the company’s higher priced models, but is less expensive thanks to the exclusion of a few technological features.


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