I'm a caregiver for two family members and over the last few years my world has become challenged in a variety of ways. The opportunity to get out and walk was not really possible anymore and, frankly, the Jane Fonda type exercise programs just seem a bit much at my age, approaching sixty. I knew I needed to do something that was cardio, but I wanted something that gave a bit of strength training as well. After doing some research I narrowed it down to an exercise machine. After more research I settled on a rowing machine. It offered a low impact workout for both my legs and my upper body. I liked this model which was the least expensive. There weren't many reviews, but those I found seemed positive with reasonable expectations. I ordered the machine on a Wednesday, it was delivered by UPS the following Wednesday. The box it came in seemed in good shape and as the bits and pieces came out of the packaging, I was pleased to see it all looked undamaged. I was stunned to see a manual included. In English. Parts were clearly labeled. So, first, I did an inventory. It was disconcerting to see some of the bolts, washers, etc., were short of the stated number. Not to worry. What I discovered were some of the bits and pieces were already attached. It took me a couple of hours, by myself, to assemble the rower. The instructions were clear, well marked with various diagrams and schematics. There is even health information included for target heart rates, etc., for various age groups. And the machine itself is easily handled by me. Not too big or bulky for moving about the house. Oh. And actually using the machine? Well, I set it on the lowest setting and was pleased to feel a beginner level amount of resistance. Also, the action was smooth and comfortable for me, five feet nine inches in height. First, my legs and then my arms were engaged in the rowing motion. I am very pleased with both Stamina InMotion for their product and Overstock.com for offering it at such a reasonable price with a reasonably fast (and free) delivery.
Bought this in December and started using it January first. As of yesterday, the 12th, it has started making a clicking noise occasionally while I'm rowing. The clicking happens on one of the wheels attached to the pull rope, because it doesn't click while the rope isn't being drawn out or slid back in. Hopefully it's nothing serious, but I do occasionally feel little bumps in the tension when I hear the clicks.
It was very easy to put together, however, I may be too short. And it sits at an incline which I don't quite think is accurate but I am not a professional rower. The monitor is easy to use and the tension adjustment is also very easy.
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