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Stamina 1205 Precision Rower Review

Stamina 1205 Precision Rower Review

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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.

General Features

  • Steel structure, ensuring durability.
  • Comfortable, fully padded wide seat.
  • Adjustable hydraulic resistance handle bars.
  • Firm foot straps with pivoting footplates.
  • Can carry up to 250 lbs. user weight.
  • Simultaneously works out multiple muscles groups (abs, legs, arms, back, etc.)
  • Fully padded handles on either side for additional comfort and individual arm workout.
  • Monitor display (time, distance, rows, calories burned, etc.)

Stamina 1205 Precision Rower Manual

You can download the 1205 Precision Row 35-1205B owner’s manual below


Stamina 1205 Precision Rower owner’s manual : Click here to Download.

Compact Size

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.

Very Stable

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  over sized, 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.


The Stamina 1205 is a compact rower measuring 32.5” X 27.75” X 48” and weighs a mere 47 pounds. The seat for this rower is only 7” to 8” off the floor.

Workout Programs

The Stamina 1205 does not come with any dedicated workout programs, but you can use the fitness information from the console to devise your own workouts by trying to increase the number of miles you row, or the speed at which you row a set number of miles.

Resistance Levels

The Stamina 1205 uses hydraulic resistance, so consumers should note that when the hydraulic oil heats up, resistance is likely to go down and you will need to rest the rower for a period of time until the oil cools back down and the resistance returns.


  • The steel structure of the Stamina 1205 Precision Rower makes it one of the most durable indoor rowing machines.
  • It is light weight, which makes up for easy mobility.
  • The display is informative enough and can help you keep track of your workout session easily.
  • It is a very affordable equipment for its $195 price tag.
  • Impressive customer rating.


  • Asides from the use of common sense, the manual can be pretty confusing.
  • It takes a bit more time to assemble than a few other indoor rowing machines.
  • The position of the display monitor can be inconvenient to keep an eye on when you’re in session.
  • It might be better if the handle bar had a connector for a synchronized movement.

User Reviews

The Stamina 1205 get surprisingly good reviews for a budget exercise machine. Users find this rower extremely easy to assemble taking only about 30 minutes to put together. Most users find this rower is quiet and despite it’s light weight feels pretty sturdy. Several users do state that this rower allows them to get a good workout.

Many users state that the tension is good with some users stating that the tension is almost too good. This rower can be stored either standing upright or under some of the higher standing beds. It should be noted that majority of users who purchased this rower and used it weighs less than recommended 250 pounds

Click here to read more pros, cons and the current price  >>> Stamina 1205 Reviews

Any Complaints?

As one would expect not every user was happy with the Stamina 1205 and there are a few complaints, while some complaints can be dismissed as some users having unreasonable expectations for a machine in this price range, there are some legitimate complaints that are worth noting.

The most important complaint revolving around the tension, while some users find this machine almost impossible to row even on the lowest setting because the tension is too tight, other users noted that when in use for longer than 15 or 20 minutes the tension starts to fail (due to the oil heating up).
Other users reported problems with the monitor failing or never working at all. Also the foam handle grips seem to quickly begin to fall apart.

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.


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