WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine

WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine

in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor

  • Handcrafted rowing machine with “water flywheel” that replicates actual rowing feel
  • Flywheel sits in enclosed water tank to provide smooth, quiet, self-regulated resistance
  • Series 4 performance monitor tracks workout intensity, stroke rate, heart rate, and more
  • Solid ash and stained honey oak construction absorbs sound and vibration
  • Stores upright; measures 84 x 21 x 22 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 117 pounds

The Perfect Aerobic Pursuit

Rowing has long been recognized as the perfect aerobic pursuit, with naturally smooth and flowing movements that don’t tax the joints but do boost the heart rate. Now you can take your rowing experience to the next level with the WaterRower Natural rowing machine. Using the same principles that govern the dynamics of a boat in water, the WaterRower Natural is outfitted with a “water flywheel” that consists of two paddles in an enclosed tank of water that provide smooth, quiet resistance, just like the paddles in an actual body of water.

As a result, the machine has no moving parts that can wear out over time (even the recoil belt and pulleys don’t require lubricating or maintaining). More significantly, the water tank and flywheel create a self-regulating resistance system that eliminates the need for a motor. As with real rowing, when you paddle faster, the increased drag provides more resistance. When you paddle slower, the resistance is less intense. The only limit to how fast you can row is your strength and your ability to overcome drag. And unlike conventional rowing machines, which tend to be jerky and jarring, the WaterRower Natural is remarkably smooth and fluid.

From a fitness perspective, the WaterRower Natural works 84 percent of your muscle mass, helping tone and strengthen your muscles while burning far more calories than most other aerobic machines. The exercise is also low impact, as it removes all the body weight from the ankles, knees, and hips, but still moves the limbs and joints through a full range of motion–from completely extended to completely contracted.

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S4 performance monitor

The WaterRower Natural is outfitted with a Series 4 performance monitor that’s designed to balance technical sophistication with user-friendliness. The monitor–which includes six information and programming windows, six QuickSelection buttons, and three navigation buttons–displays your workout intensity, stroke rate, heart rate, zone bar, duration, and distance. Plus, the monitor is compatible with an optional heart rate chest strap and receiver, which helps you optimize your workout and achieve your exercise objectives.

The WaterRower Natural is handcrafted in solid ash and stained honey oak for consistency of color. The wood was chosen due to its marvelous engineering properties, especially its ability to absorb sound and vibration, which enhances the WaterRower’s quiet performance and smooth operation. Ash, like all woods used in the construction of the WaterRower, is a premium hardwood with incredible longevity and dimensional stability. In addition, the wood is harvested from replenishable forests and is hand finished with Danish oil to provide a deep luster.

Other details

Other details include dual rails with four corner wheels that increase seat stability and reduce the amount of sweat buildup; a frame that flips upright for handy storage; and a weight capacity of up to 1,000 pounds. The WaterRower Natural measures 84 by 21 by 22 inches (W x H x D), weighs 117 pounds (with water), and carries a one-year warranty on the frame and components (WaterRower will upgrade the warranty to five years on the frame and three years on the components with the completion of a registration form).

Reviews of WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine Ashwood

Review 1: Highly recommended for full body exercise.

Provides full body exercise for people who have difficulty walking or with other outdoor activities, especially in bad weather. Very quiet and takes up little space in vertical storage position. Quality construction and very attractive as seen on the Netflix series “House of Cards”. Works best when wearing shoes such as boat shoes since the heel restraints do not grip very well.

Review 2: Changed my life

Assembly was moderate to difficult and is definitely a two person job. But oh so worth it. Since I started rowing in February 2016 I lost about 40 pounds and I feel healthier than ever. The only complaint I have is that there is little to no software to speak of that enables you to go head to head and compete against other rowers. If that’s a deal breaker for you then go with the Concept2.
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Review 3: WaterRower in Ash Wood (S4)

Bought this as a birthday gift for my fiance. He loves it and although I will always prefer running to rowing, I’ll admit that I found this to be a surprisingly enjoyable experience. I gave it a quick whirl and could definitely feel it in my legs, bum, back and arms; the wooshing sound that it makes is pleasant and almost hypnotic – 30 minutes flew by.

I had originally considered a Concept2 because that’s the machine my fiance uses at his gym but… the WaterRower won on account of aesthetics. The only space in our home where we could store the rower upright and also make use of the rower was in our family room. If this was something I was going to have to look at every day the moment I walked into our home, it was NOT going to be an ugly exercise machine. I can definitely live with this in our living room; the Ash Wood works perfectly with our hardwood floors and trim.

Our order arrived in two packages (a large square shaped box and a long narrow package) and assembly took approximately 30 minutes or so. The included siphon worked ‘well enough’ but it was simply easier and faster to continue pumping the siphon in order to fill the tank. My fiance is definitely happy with his gift and I’m pleased at it’s quality and that it doesn’t disrupt our living space. Very satisfied with this purchase and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a home rowing machine.

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