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LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine Review

LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Review
LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine Review

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LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine Review

While the LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine probably is n’t the best choice for all the hardcore, dedicated rowers out there (you’ll need to up your budget by several hundred dollars if this sounds like you), if you are looking for a rowing machine that is reliable, comfortable and is able to provide a total body workout at a reasonable price, then it comes highly recommended, despite a couple of flaws.


Assembling the RW1000 is a relatively straight forward process; however, you should keep in mind that some users have stated that the instruction manual lacks detail in parts so you may get confused at some point.

Even so, we’d say that the most complicated aspect of the assembly process is attaching the seat to the rower, although it still shouldn’t take you any longer than 15-30 minutes until you’re rowing for the first time.

Rowing Motion

The most important aspect of any rowing machine is its feel, or more specifically, its rowing motion. Fortunately, the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 has a smooth feel to it, which results in not only an enjoyable but also an effective workout.

FlywheelLifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Review

If you’ve had any experience with using rowing machines before, whether that be in the gym or at a friend’s house, then you know how loud some rowers can be.

However, this isn’t the case with the RW1000, as it’s one of the quietest rowers on the market thanks to its 16.5 pound flywheel, making it a good choice for anyone who doesn’t want to annoy the neighbors as they work out.


As mentioned, the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 isn’t for the hardcore rower. While the five levels of resistance will undoubtedly prove to be more than challenging enough for the vast majority of people, those who row day in and day out should opt for something like the ProRower H2O RX-950 Club Series Rowing Machine, although they will have to pay more than $1,000 for the privilege.

Computer ConsoleLifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Console

The computer console provides feedback on some of the most important information you could want want to know as you work out, including calories burned, strokes per minute, stroke count, time and distance. One complaint, however, is that the the information can be hard to read as the writing is quite small.


While the RW1000 can’t compete with the comfort levels of more expensive rowers, it should be comfortable enough for most.

For example, the seat is padded so your backside shouldn’t hurt after 10 minutes of rowing – something that is all too common with rowers – the foot pedals feature straps and also have the ability to swivel so you can get into a comfortable rowing position, and the hand grips are also padded.

StorageLifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Review

Those who are limited on space will appreciate the ability to fold the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000. When folded, the rower measures just 34” x 19” x 64″ – or in other words, it really doesn’t take up too much space at all. Wheels can also be found on the bottom of the machine, which adds to the rower’s ease of storage.


The LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 comes with a five-year frame, two-year parts, and one-year labor warranty.


87 x 19 x 23 inches

80 pounds

LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 User Reviews

Users have pointed to the rower’s design (compactness, ease of storage), minimal noise heard when in operation as well as the effectiveness of the workout received as its strong points.

However, users have also stated that the instruction manual needs to be improved upon and that the calorie counter is inaccurate.

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Any Complaints?

There are a couple of things to complain about, both of which have been mentioned by users. The instruction manual could be made clearer in a few parts and the calorie counter is inaccurate, although this is expected considering that you aren’t asked to input your height and weight

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LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Review

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