Stamina 1205 Precision Rower Machine

Stamina 1205 Precision Rower Machine


  • Precision rowing machine with deluxe ball-bearing rolling system
  • Smooth hydraulic cylinder action with adjustable tension controls
  • Multifunction fitness monitor tracks speed, distance, strokes, and more
  • Thick padded seat and pivoting footplates for maximum comfort
  • Measures 32.5 x 27.75 x 48 inches (W x H x D); weighs 47 pounds

Do you have limited workout space but plenty of motivation?

Turn to the Stamina 1205 precision rowing machine, which offers a compact footprint of only 32.5 inches wide by 48 inches long, but offers the same terrific workout as machines twice its size. The Stamina 1205 mimics the smooth motion of rowing on the water, with a padded seat that glides on a ball-bearing roller system, rowing arms whose resistance is adjusted by hydraulic cylinders, and foam grips that keep your hands stable and comfortable.

The multifunction fitness monitor, meanwhile, keeps you motivated and on track to reach your fitness goals, showing your speed, distance, time, stroke count, and calories burned. And users will love the thick padded seat and pivoting footplates, which combine to provide comfort and support during your workout. Other features include a precision extruded aluminum beam, a silver steel frame, a five-year warranty on the frame, and a 90-day warranty on parts.

About Rowing

Rowing provides an efficient, effective, low-impact workout that utilizes all the major muscle groups, including the back, legs, arms, abdominals and buttocks. It is also one of the best exercises for building a strong back, as well as one of the most effective low-impact aerobic exercises for increasing your metabolism. As a result, you can efficiently burn calories and fat without impacting your joints.

The continuous, non-impact movement of rowing can be broken down into three phases: the starting point is called the catch phase, followed by the drive phase, the finish, and the recovery. In the catch phase, knees are bent with shins vertical and shoulders and arms reaching forward. This phase mimics the point where the oars are being placed in the water. The drive phase is initiated by the legs.

As the legs extend, your arms remain straight until the knees are mostly extended. Then the elbows flex bringing the oar handles into the upper stomach. In the finish, the legs are fully extended, your shoulders are back, your elbows are flexed, and the oar handle is against the upper stomach. For the recovery, your knees don’t flex until after your hands pass over your knees and your arms and shoulders reach forward to begin the catch phase again.

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Because rowing is an impact-free activity, it can be a lifelong form of exercise. It is always best to exercise in your target heart rate zone (70 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate).

Row Your Way to Fit Living

The fitness community’s migration back to the former king of cardio, the high-quality rowing machine, continues to gain support—for good reason. After trying any Stamina Rowing Machine, you’ll understand why our line of rowers is so popular.

Combined with Stamina’s commitment to engineering excellent products, advances in rowing machine technology have resulted in comfortable, easy-to-use rowers that perform reliably and provide the low-impact, full-body cardio fitness workout your body craves. While weighing the value of a Stamina rower, you’re naturally wondering if it will let you shed those extra pounds and work your way toward a chiseled body—and the mental & emotional benefits that stem from a stronger, healthier you.

You’re asking yourself smart questions about Stamina’s quality rowing machines:

Can I really sculpt my body without going to the gym?

Will I get condition both my upper and lower body at once?

Reviews of Stamina 1205 Precision Rower Machine

Review 1: Great little rower

I wanted a small rower because I have limited space and really couldn’t accommodate an airdyne type rower. I took a chance on this Stamina 1205 Precision Rower because of the reviews here and on other online forums.

The assembly was easy. I organized all the parts and hardware, and then my brother-in-law stopped by and we assembled it in about 20 minutes.

I’m an exercise physiologist and so the most important thing to me was smooth, consistent resistance equal on both sides, and the ability to vary the resistance. My greatest concern in buying an inexpensive machine was that the resistance would be sloppy or uneven. The five resistance levels allow for a good deal of progressive overload and intervals. The resistance is smooth throughout.

It’s the perfect balance of lower and upper body resistance when you drive through the legs. It’s very quiet, and all the moving parts are smooth. I’m getting great workouts. I’m a small female and I don’t find any issues with the fit of the feet stirrups, or the fit of anything else and this is a pleasure because the levers on most exercise equipment are too long for me. A tall person should not have any issues either as far as I can tell.

I have an area for it where I don’t have to move it, so I can’t comment on any issues with standing it up. It’s not too terribly heavy to push or pull around, which I did to get it on a mat. It’s pretty compact and if you have more than 8 inches of clearance under a bed, it would definitely fit under it.

Review 2: A lot of rower for the money

I’ve had my Stamina 1205 Precision Rower for a year now. I love it! Unlike the treadmill, which requires regular maintenance (lubricate the belt, etc.), the rower requires no maintenance. No parts will ever wear out that will need to be replaced. The seat is very comfortable, the glide of the seat is extremely smooth. The arms row great. The total construction is excellent.

Now, there’s just one thing that’s incredibly stupid about this rower, and it’s not that difficult to fix. When not using it, of course you will want to stand it up and lean it against the wall. Well, unbelievably, the wire to the computer goes in dead center right in the bottom where you would stand it up. So, you want to make a small modification to the unit. You want to take off the cover of the computer (just as if you were changing the battery) and drill maybe a 1/4″ hole straight into the aluminum body of the rower.

Then, you want to run the computer wire down into that hole. Then, find the other end of the wire coming from the internal magnetic switch and solder the wires together. (You can then throw away the metal connector which previously joined the two.) When you’re done, the computer/magnet sensor wire is completely INSIDE the rower. Then, you can stand the rower up on it’s pedal-end with the seat-end up in the air, and lean it against the wall. But, for burning calories at home this thing is great.

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One thing I love about it is that the computer STOPS when you stop. Meaning, if you stop rowing, THE CLOCK STOPS. The clock doesn’t resume again until YOU RESUME ROWING. So, it shows you the number of actual minutes you were rowing, not the number of minutes you were just sitting in the seat! With a very reasonable/low price, all in all (since nothing is perfect) I would recommend this rower pretty highly to anyone.

Review 3: Great rower

I bought a used rower years ago and came to work it several times a week. I’m a busy person, so I don’t have time for a sophisticated work out routine. I just want to work one machine for both strength and aerobic training. Rowing is great for this purpose. When I broke my rower, I started shopping. Unfortunately, even used rowers are over $100. I struggled with this model versus the smaller ones that stand up vertically for easy storage. I couldn’t find any reviews on this that addressed the storage question. Finally, I chose Stamina 1205 Precision Rower because it didn’t look like I could break it from normal usage, whereas the kind that fold nicely seem flimsy.



– This machine is very sturdy. It’s solid, stable, and does not rock at all when in use.

– It is amazingly quiet. The only sound is the whisper of the pistons. I can use it with the TV on normal volume.

– The seat is very comfortable. I sat on it for 30 minutes the first time with no discomfort.


– It does not fold, collapse, or stand up vertically. It just sits on the floor. It would be very awkward to try to store it under a bed. Don’t lift the back end too far or the plug for the timer will bend. This is why it only has 4 stars.

– The front bumper pads are just stuck on. You can’t drag it backwards without them popping off. The back ones also just sit on there, but they face sideways, so they won’t come off.

– The instructions were difficult. My wife and I kept flipping back and forth in the manual to figure out to which bolt each step of the direction referred.

The work out was great. I really like using this machine. I only wish I had a better place to put it when I’m not using it.


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